This August, General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe, will take the fight directly to the Transformers' home world of Cybertron in the the latest big Hasbro comics event from IDW Publishing – First Strike!
This six-part, bi-weekly series will feature the talents of writers Mairghread Scott (TRANSFORMERS) and David A. Rodriguez (SKYLANDERS), with art by Max Dunbar (DUNGEONS & DRAGONS), and colors by Ander Zarate (MICRONAUTS).
Earth’s heroes have united following the events of last year’s Revolution!, Bringing together G.I. JOE, ROM, the Micronauts, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Action Man, and the Transformers, Earth has never been more secure now that it has become a member of the Council of Worlds due to Optimus Prime’s leadership.
“This is what Revolution has been building towards over the past year,” said IDW’s Editor-in-Chief, David Hedgecock. “It’s been an exciting first season of action in the Hasbro shared universe which laid the foundation for all-new stories and adventures, but now with First Strike, we’re shaking things up and, once again, disrupting the status quo forever. It’s a perfect time for readers, new and old, to jump on board and join us for one raucously fun ride!”
But oversight and control isn’t what everyone wants; especially when that control is in the hands of alien forces…
The premiere season of post-Revolution titles are heading towards their natural conclusions to make room for First Strike so fans can go easy on their wallets during the event and, as IDW puts it, "enjoy the action in one place."
In addition to the main series, six additional one-shots will set the stage for the second season of the Hasbro comic universe, where fans will witness their favorite characters forming new alliances, paving the way for exciting adventures to come.
Look for Micronauts: First Strike, by Christos Gage and Chris Panda, G.I. Joe: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis, and Optimus Prime: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi in September.
M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND.: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis, Rom: First Strike, by by Christos Gage and Chris Panda, and TRANSFORMERS: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi will follow in October.
These one-shots will explore more corners of the event for completist readers, while also providing a glimpse into what the future will bring for our heroes when the dust settles on the scorched planet of Cybertron at the conclusion of First Strike, but the miniseries itself should be all you need to follow the story.
The event kicks off in First Strike #0, now available as a free giveaway in comic shops (ask your local retailer) and online at IDW's website. Inside you’ll discover more of what Joe Colton is plotting against the Transformers, and what our Earth’s heroes are up against.
In the back of the #0 issue, you’ll find a checklist for the entire event running through October, as well as a couple new #1s scheduled for November and December titled G.I. JOE: UNMASKED and ROM & THE MICRONAUTS, respectively.