IDW is not done with the Transformers yet, just in is the official news press release for a new miniseries "Transformers: Last Bot Standing" coming to us in May 2022 to be written by Nick Roche and artist E.J. Sui. The story focused on the last Cybertronian standing at the end of the universe:
Behold A Dark Vision of A Hypothetical Future…
Where Only One Ancient, Haunted Cybertronian Remains!
SAN DIEGO, CA (February 17, 2022) – When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? Beginning this May, IDW Publishing propels fans into the far-flung future with Transformers: Last Bot Standing, a four-issue miniseries spectacle of speculative fiction by fan-favorite Transformers comic alums Nick Roche and E.J. Su!
While the war for Cybertron may be long over, the war from Cybertron never ends! On the edge of the universe, at the end of time, hangs the planet Donnokt…a world on the precipice of an industrial revolution, taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. But when a visitor—a shape-shifting robot from a long-dead civilization—falls from the sky, nothing will ever be the same!
“The last remaining Cybertronian, stalked by the sins of their entire race, must save the world one final time,” says Roche, the series writer who will also contribute some of the interior artwork. “In a way, Last Bot Standing is a proper farewell, as our creative team bows out of IDW’s Transformers universe in the most explosive and apocalyptic way imaginable. To have E.J. Su, the visual architect of IDW’s definitive Transformers run, be the one to depict ‘The End of All Things’ (with colors from the astounding Rebecca Nalty) is the most perfect and bittersweet piece of artistic casting I could think of.”
“The Transformers franchise has come a long way since we laid our eyes on the first episode of the cartoon, and it’s amazing how many writers can put so many different spins on the core characters,” says artist Su. “Nick has masterfully crafted some of the most memorable Transformers comic stories, and this one will be no exception as the readers weave their way through the mystery and find out how our beloved characters came to this situation. We hope that they enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed making it.”
“Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, Last Bot Standing is one of those great stories where defining creators come together to tell one incredible version of an ending, a hypothetical last story for our beloved heroes and villains,” says editor David Mariotte. “We’re so excited to have two of the first IDW Transformers creators return to tell a story unlike literally any Transformers story you’ve ever seen or we’ve ever done.”
Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 will be available with two cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy. The primary cover will see series writer Roche performing double duty as the artist, while a Retailer Incentive edition will feature illustration by series artist E.J. Su.
For information on how to acquire Transformers comics and graphic novels from IDW, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
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Obviously, this is my opinion, but I'm pretty happy TF is leaving IDW. I've already read this story from Eastman and Laird as TMNT: The Last Ronin. They even straight up said they were aping the story from TMNT. New coat of paint and lackluster art. Each release is less and less impressive. I remember how exciting and visually stunning All Hail Megatron was and this and all their other releases have paled in comparison. I hope to see comics in a more positive state someday where story, character and art matter, not just 1 aspect or none at all. I hope to see the next holder of the license do something great with the franchise while IDW walks off into the sunset like the image above.
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