CBR has an article and interview with IDW's David Hedgecock about the upcoming "First Strike" event, the newest event crossover for the Hasbro Universe IDW launched with the Revolution event. It seems as part of this process, a lot of the standing Hasbro property books will be ending their current runs, and what are now four titles will be condensed to just two after the event is wrapped up. Transformers is not part of that list, however (aside from the loss of Till All Are One
we reported previously), and in fact we have previews of two Optimus Prime
covers for First Strike! Find those and article excerpts below!
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).
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.
For story reasons that will become clear during First Strike, the titles we’re drawing to a close won’t really make any sense any more! After the events of First Strike, we’ve got plans for radically new, fresh takes on some of these properties and we want to signify how important the changes are. We couldn’t do that and keep the current series titles in place.
IDW Reveals First Strike Tie-Ins, New Ongoing Hasbro Series
Optimus Prime: First Strike #1
John Barber (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood’s forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/20/17