First Strike, which brings together Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K. and more, gets going next week
IDW Publishing’s next Hasbro crossover is looming, and it looks to have an even bigger impact on the line than fans might have initially guessed. First Strike, which brings together Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K. and more, gets going next week with a #0 issue from co-writers Mairghread Scott & David A. Rodriguez and artist Max Dunbar, also the creative team of the main six-issue First Strike miniseries which kicks off with twice-monthly issues in August.
Along with the imminent debut comes the news that some of IDW’s current licensed Hasbro books will end in August — due to a “seasonal” model and in-story changes brought by the events of First Strike. August will bring the last issues of G.I. Joe (with #9), M.A.S.K. (#10), Micronauts: Wrath of Karza (#5) and Rom (#14).
But those characters, naturally, aren’t going away for good — September sees a G.I. Joe: First Strike by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis and a Micronauts: First Strike one-shot by Christos Gage and Chris Panda; October follows with a M.A.S.K.: First Strike one-shot from Sitterson and Kyriazis and Rom: First Strike from Christos Gage and Chris Panda. Additionally, a Optimus Prime: First Strike one-shot is scheduled for September from John Barber and Guido Guidi; Barber is joined by artist Guido Guidi in October for the Transformers: First Strike one-shot in October.
Then in November, a new series titled G.I. Joe: Unmasked (uniting G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K.) is set to debut in the wake of First Strike, and Rom & The Micronauts is slated for December. Transformers: Till All Are One will also end with July’s issue #12, as revealed recently by Mairghread Scott on her personal website, where she disclosed that she declined a First Strike follow-up for the series.
CBR caught up with IDW Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock, for further insight on First Strike — which sees Cobra invading Cybertron after targeting the race for termination, and the Transformers, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. uniting to save that world and Earth — and how it’ll affect the Hasbro action publishing line as a whole. CBR also has the solicitation text and covers for the G.I. Joe: First Strike, Micronauts: First Strike and Optimus Prime: First Strike one-shots, all set for release in September.
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