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SDCC 2016 - Panel Report IDW & Hasbro Revolution - Transformers, ROM, Micronauts, GI Joe, MASK Universe
BaCon - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Just out of SDCC 2016 is the IDW & Hasbro revolution panel that gives us an overview of what's coming in the epic project that combines the universes of Transformers, GI Joe, ROM, Micronauts, and MASK. Read on about the expansive story where many characters converge and expand. IDW & Hasbro Revolution Panel

John Barber - Writer
David Hedgecock - Editor
Sarah Gaydos - Group Editor
Fico Ossio - Artist
Chris Ryall - Editor, Writer
Christos Gage - Writer
Mairghread Scott - Writer
Brandon Easton - Writer
Aubrey Sitterson - Writer
Michael Kelly - Senior Director Publishing Hasbro

Revolution bring all the Hasbro properties together in one comic book Universe.

John wanted to see this happen for a long time.

Lots of great artists on the project.

Object is introduced, world starts to destabilize. Transformers ad GI Joe are brought on.

Micronauts come in along with MASK

Cool overs coming along.

Pico art panels.

The story picks up on continuing series, brings them into Universe.

Excited to see the old GI Joe stories coming back. Chuckles is still there.

ROM One Shot. Had this thought of seeding the Universe and grew into the big events. The first issue connects to the larger universe.

John put together a smart story for why these characters are in the same universe. Tells a story with 30+ characters without feeling crowded or overdone.

MASK one shot. First MASK comic book. Grew up watching the MASK toon and changed the old tech to present day technology. Keyed off Fast and Furious ideas to for new model. Ideal became part of Universe.

Micronauts One Shot. Brings them in and ties to the characters from the past. Focus on what Barzon Karza's role is.

GI Joe one shot. Rich history at IDW for GI Joe. Joe that we saw previously was focused on Cobra, paramilitary organization. This is not changing, but GI Joe finds themselves in a bigger theater. All sizes, all kinds of threats, with massive Sci-Fi ideas presented. Art by Giannis Milonogiannis.

Transformers One Shot. Sarah, till all are one is a Crossover. Wanted to do a few things. Crossing over with Micronauts space and expands two worlds and big conflicts that comes out of this.

Revolution, final issue of Transformers. Story about saving the Whitehouse with various Transformers characters. Leads up to story that happens afterwards.

Action Man One Shot. Break-in at GI Joe HQ, action is off on another mission that converges with Revolution.

TF MTMTE Revolution One Shot. They have a different take on the other books. Will get to see some of the favorite Decepticon losers showing up on Earth.


Hasbro have been talking about this for a while. Wanted to wrap up 8 years of story telling. Pay a lot of attention to what fans are saying. Aware that fans are worried about past stories. They are not going to walk away from previous story developments. Hasbro focuses on Sci-Fi and what it means, with the idea that there are heroes we can relate to.

This is all about your own abilities with intelligence to be a Hero. Hasbro is focused and invested in this and have no plans to let it go.

Micronauts #27 - Bringing Micros world where they are in their own Universe, Microspace, that is dying. The Entropy Clouds is wrecking other planets. We see huge monsters and trying to adapt to this new world.

ROM is an alien Cyborg who protects us from another alien race. He has an Analyzer who can see the Erased humans. He ends up at odds with Humans over killings. ROM is a dark creepy corner of this Universe. The tone is reminiscent of Body Snatchers or They Live, aliens with a near Horror feel to it. Space Knights appear in the Rom #5 issue. Will get into Rom's back story, mission has been and what is means to Earth and Universe.

The Revolution books will be their own thing, while still being part of the Revolution Universe. Fans want different things and so the writers are doing what they want they think we want to read.

TF: TAAO #5. There is a HUGE massive fight, where Windblade has a crisis moment with out of the frying pan, into the fire. Metroplex appears!

GI Joe #1 - This is a Sci-Fi Universe. Look for ways to incorporate what they liked about Joe. Will see new tech with lasers and other new devices. Trying to show the optimism and other threats like giant bots, aliens and micro beings. These are Heroes and people to aspires to. Making them feel like real people, beyond just someone in armor. All the popular guys, and a Transformer will be on the team.

Mask Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1. will be on the run from the start. Will work with different locals and exotic places. Will be very similar visually. Will get more time with MASK and Venom crews to into them to readers. Will learn more about character traits on the team. Give MASK a reason to exist, now is a group looking at the Cybertron threat and how to defend against very old tech of Transformers.

Will illustrate how MASK vehicles and history that is strongly tied into the Revolution Universe.

Optimus Prime #1 - Prime annexed Earth and raising grounds from Monument Valley. Prime does not believe he was one of original Primes. Story explores his view of his own History.

Transformers Lost Light #1 - MTMTE Season 3 with a different direction. Lots of things they cannot spoil yet, but expect to see a lot of survivors.

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