SDCC 2017 - IDW Hasbro Comics Panel Report: First Strike, Transformers, Micronaughts, ROM, More!

We are just out of the IDW Hasbro Comics panel with a look at the many current title now in print and the lead up to the massive First Strike crossover event that will be the next adventure in the Hasbro Universe. Read on for details on Transformers, GI Joe, Micronaughts, ROM, Mask and more comics coming to us from Hasbro and IDW. IDW Panel Guests

Dave Marriot
Dave Hitchcock
David Rodriguiez
Margert Scott
Michel Kelly
Carlos guzman
Aubrey Sitterson
John Barber
Brandon easton

Launched Season one of Shared Universe

Optimus Prime

Has been leader of Autobots. He has not been leader of Cybertron for long time. He annexed Earth to be part of the council. Leads into revolution and First Strike. Some disagree with Prime's mission to bring in Earth. Characters in story are effected by Primes actions.

Till All Are One

Story had issues of politics and mind manipulations. Wraps up story to a supposed happy ending.

Lost Light

Hot Rod is purple. The last two issues takes a turn going into more directions. Will align with an eventual end game for the story.They are on course the reach the lost light, and see what they do with the Lost Light.

ROM

Rom is being helped by other Star Knights. More freaking and like sea monsters. Rom gets to know them and learns why they are there.

Micronaughts

Is sort of at the heart of Revolution. The series is wrapping up as an almost second Universe crossover. They are 3" tall, and having the great scale difference on earth. Is a really interesting kind of story. They have been true to Marvel comics, but are blazing a new path with them. Next season, Micros will get more exciting and should offer some surprises.

MASK

Still have no figured out what Kommander is spelled with a "K. Looked at original series and cut out must of the chees. Idea of using Fast and Furious kind of thing. To have is make sense within the Hasbro Universe. Trades are coming soon. First season wrapping up now.

GI Joe

Look at the comic, there is good art work. Created a new aesthetic of action hero comics. "This will be the crown jewel of the Hasbro universe." In second half and is a sort of soap opera story. Its about how much happens and who are all these characters are. Things are starting to get really weird. Next month comes something they have been building for a long time. Kwickkick and Snakeyes fight. New Cobra Commander in issue 9.

Revolution

Lats year major crossover event. Brings together most of the main characters. The SDCC Revolution toy set exclusive. Fans been asking for IDW toys and this is the first offer figure of ROM since 1979. Drift was the last toy they did with IDW. The creativity out of IDW has always been inspiring. Seeing stuff made into a toy, is a dream the writers never knew they had. IDW has been honored to tell stories for Hasbro characters.

First Strike

Issues 0 out int July.

A carefully crafted jumping off point for new reader, and lapsed readers. Not a crossover, it is said to be a real event. This will inform fans on what's coming in season two. They want it to be a book people want to read. THey have been trying some new ideas here and resetting the story to go in deep. What does it mean to see TFs on earth and what does it really look like.

Was setup to put GI Joe and other son different environments, like GI Joe on Cybertron. The writers partnered to make sure it was really good. Want to make this a story on its own. Earth has been pushed into this cosmic event. We find out how alliances are formed to reject the Earth joining the council. And plan to destroy Cybertron. Came up with cool ways to explain how non-robots might go in a war with giant robots. Found an organic way to solve problems in disparate story-lines. Inside is personal storyabout how Scarlet is learning about the origin of GI Joe, and redeem the original vision within the chaos.

Characters in Universe are based on science and technology in this universe. Just need to be intelligent and work hard to overcome threats. So really, anyone could be a member of the team.

Max Dunbar going art work for First Strike project. Worked on Micros and other comics. His clean style is perfect for the series. The Zero Issue showcases the artwork. Barber is involved in keeping the TFs accurate and fit properly into the story. He also contributes backups for some of the charter writing.

Cover artworks by Freddie Williams.

Series of one shots with Micronaughts and ROM as the first issues. The Dire Wraith.

GI Joe and Mask will be next one shots. Venom Joins Cobra and only GI Joe can stop them.

Optimus Prime and Transformers one shots will be the final two. War comes to Cybertron! Prime is on Cybetron with Arcee joining. Some of the Revolutionary characters show up. There is one character who is caught between two worlds. Prime and TFs are trying to get to this person first.

They didn't want to put out too many titles. They are ending others to keep offering 4 or 5 new comics each month as before.

GI Joe Unmasked

December, new title continues what has been told already. We get to build on all the character of development from past. With chars established, they can now put them in new situations. Army Ants and Dinosaurs and continues to get very weird, very quickly.

ROM and Micronaughts

The micros help ROM fight his biggest threat: a dire wraith god! Guys fighting really huge monsters. Looks at how ROM and micros work together.

Transformers Till All Are One Annual

Windblade, Starscream, Elita One, Who will rule Cybertron? A double issues, to hold a Transformers election. Who will win the control of Cybetron.

Visionaries

Transformers collection of Transformers. Artist Fico Osio, should offer realiy good art and story telling. Will act is a bridge to what's next. Leads to something BIG, UNICRON!

Questions and Answers

Q: Will Inhunmanoids show up?
A: Hasbro, cannot comment at this time.

Q: When is Buster coming?
A: Thundercracker and Starscream the movie. Someone gives TC a budget and mayhem ensues. He wants to be a TV writer, but doesn't really understand humanity. Tries to write version of Cobra Series.
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