We still don't know what the future of Transformers comics looks like after Unicron,
but today we learned that the future of IDW looks pretty bright: The Hollywood Reporter
has reported that John Barber
- writer of Optimus Prime, Transformers: Robots In Disguise,
and the editor who presided over IDW's most creatively successful period - will be taking the title of Editor In Chief for the entire company. More info inside!
Writer James Roberts has confirmed on Twitter that he will be taking "a break" from Transformers after the conclusion of his More Than Meets The Eye
epic with Lost Light
#25. When asked if the term "break" corresponded to a return, Roberts responded with "We'll see..." What this means for the future of IDW's Transformers comics is unknown, but one thing is certain: Mr. Roberts will be missed. Keep reading for the tweet.
The end of the IDW Transformers universe as we know it proceeds in July, with the first two issues of the Unicron
miniseries takes us on a tour of Unicron's dinner buffet, while the double-dose of Optimus Prime
issues 21 and 22 carries on the story, Meanwhile, Lost Light
#21 and #22 move toward wrapping up the story More Than Meets The Eye
embarked on so long ago, and wrapping it up with something completely different, we've got the second issue of the Bumblebee Movie's prequel comic tie in with 60's spy action. And be warned before proceeding, there are spoilers present in the solicitations for this month's books! That, and cover previews can be found below.
's Rich Johnston
has posted some SPOILERS
#0, the Free Comic Book Day issue intended to kick off the universe-concluding event for IDW's Transformers/shared Hasbro universe. The excerpt concerns the origins of the Spaceknights and their armor, and how it all serves to closer tie together the already closely-aligned IDW comics. Keep reading only if you want part of Unicron #0 spoiled for you!
Hasbro Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, who took the job after John Barber stepped down from his editorial duties at IDW in 2016,
is moving to a newly-created job at Oni Press. Gaydos will become the Editorial Director of Licensed Publishing at Oni shortly, apparently leaving IDW without a Hasbro Group Editor in the wake of the Unicron
universe-ending event. Which honestly makes us even more anxious to see what comes after that. Keep reading for more details.
IDW have updated the listings on their website for the upcoming issues 17 and 18 of Optimus Prime
to finally show off the main covers for the issues, both featuring the art of regular interior artist Kei Zama. These issues continue on the storyline of "The Falling", with the return of Onyx Prime. We've previously seen variant covers for these issues as part of their initial solicitation, but this marks our first look at the "A" covers for each. Click through now to get a good look at both!
IDW writers James Roberts
and John Barber
both confirmed on Twitter yesterday that IDW will continue to publish Transformers comics in a new continuity
once the upcoming Unicron
series closes out the first IDW universe. What shape that new universe will take is currently unknown, as is who will be writing it - but IDW Transformers comics will continue, and that sounds like good news to us. Keep reading!
has posted an IDW press release that have shown us the exact shape of Unicron
- literally and figuratively! Featuring the first image of IDW Unicron by artist Alex Milne,
the series is also revealed as a 6-issue biweekly series beginning in July - and one that will mark the end of IDW's continuity as we know it. Read on for details!
Previews World has posted the latest round of comic solicits, taking us in to the summer. Notable on the block this month is the return of IDW's movie continuity tie in comics, once again written by John Barber and to feature interior art by Andrew Griffith. This time out it's a prequel to the Bumblebee movie, noted as being aimed at younger readers. Apart from that, we have the usual Optimus Prime
and two Lost Light
issues, plus some trades including a complete collection of the Wreckers titles. Keep reading for all the solicits and (a few) cover previews!
Over on the Free Comic Book Day
website, writer John Barber
and artist Alex Milne
have given an interview about their FCBD offering, Unicron #0
! Barber outright calls Unicron
"the end of the story we've been telling for over a decade," and touts the involvement of all of IDW's current TF writers in the planning of the story. Keep reading for an excerpt about Unicron #0,
and a link to the full interview where Milne & Barber talk about what comics mean to them!
Comic Crusaders has released the last of the current crop of comic previews for the weekend, capping us off with the Optimus Prime 2018 Annual
in which Thundercracker might just finally get to make a movie! The Annual will be in stores on February 28th, and you can read the preview in the gallery below right now! THUNDERCRACKER IN: STARSCREAM: THE MOVIE! The good news: somebody finally gave Thundercracker money to make a film. The bad news: it's Starscream, and he wants a biographical picture to win over the people of Earth. Will Thundercracker stand by his principles or... well, no, he makes the movie.
The website Adventures in Poor Taste has posted the preview for next week's release of Transformers vs Visionaries
#3, bringing us to the halfway point in the latest Hasbro universe crossover event. This issue will be joining a number of other Transformers comics in shops next Wednesday, the 28th. Click through to check out the preview! The clock is ticking! Leoric finds himself exiled from New Prysmos by Virulina, who Merklynn has named the new leader of all the Visionaries. Can Leoric and his loyalists save Cybertron from being totally changed into a new homeworld for his people? Should they?
Just posted by Newsarama, we have a look at the full preview for Optimus Prime
#16, coming to shops next Wednesday. This continues the current storyline, "The Falling" with the return of ancient Primes and ominous giant floating eyeballs over Cybertron! Keep reading to see the preview pages now! The Falling, Part 2: The arrival of Onyx Prime throws Cybertron into chaos -- because he hasn’t come alone. Onyx's treacherous companion forces Soundwave to finally make a choice: is Optimus Prime a friend... or foe?
, writer and artist of Last Stand of the Wreckers
and Sins of the Wreckers
, has announced that he will be finishing his Wreckers story in a one-shot to be titled Requiem of the Wreckers
! Reuniting with colorist Josh Burcham
, Roche has also announced that fellow Transformers artists Guido Guidi
and Geoff Senior
will also be contributing to the book! Keep reading to see the teaser image and announcement.
THUNDERCRACKER IN: STARSCREAM: THE MOVIE! The good news: somebody finally gave Thundercracker money to make a film. The bad news: it's Starscream, and he wants a biographical picture to win over the people of Earth. Will Thundercracker stand by his principles or... well, no, he makes the movie. In shops February 28, 2018
Click through to see the early preview!
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