IDW Publishing has announced a brand new Hasbro comic crossover - one that doesn't sound like good news Optimus Prime and the rest of the Transformers.
Entitled First Strike, the story begins with two issues from the writing team of Mairghread Scott & David Rodríguez and artist Max Dunbar. The story follows the Revolution event from last year and sees Earth about to join the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. The peaceful summit is interrupted by the arrival of Cobra, who have targeted all Transformers for termination. However, before they can carry out the pin, the ruthless terrorist group must get by the G.I. Joes and Optimus Prime's Autobots.
IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock says that the new book is a natural progression from what the company started last year with Revolution.
"In ‘Revolution,’ we united our Hasbro comic book titles into one shared universe," Hedgecock said. "In ‘First Strike,’ we see what it’s like to live in the shadows of a massively powerful, ancient, alien race that has been warring with itself for millions of years and, in doing so, has brought death and destruction to every planet it has touched."
"What, if anything, can one man do to save his planet? What depths will he go to in order to save mankind? How do you destroy all the Transformers?"
And, for those wondering, it won't just be the Transformers and G.I. Joe getting involved in First Strike — the M.AS.K. team will also be showing up.
"First Strike’ is your childhood toy box exploding onto the [comic] page: the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and M.A.S.K. teams brought together, each of them positioned on different sides of this planet-spanning conflict," Rodriguez said in a statement. "Sometimes the groups will line up along expected party lines, but other times, you’ll see them being torn apart from the inside, as they are forced to face the impossible concept of one human man declaring war against Cybertron and then being really good at it."
First Strike will run for three months, with six issues scheduled to ship on a twice-monthly schedule. Tie-ins to the title will be announced at a later date.
Expect more details soon. The fist issue of First Strike hits newsstands this August.
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