This August, IDW’s Hasbro comic crossover event First Strike gets underway when General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe, attacks the Transformers home world of Cybertron. In a six-part, bi-weekly series, we’ll see the work of Mairghread Scott (Transformers), David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons), and Ander Zarate (Micronauts).
The crossover will follow on from the events of last year’s Revolution storyline, and bring together G.I. Joe, Rom, The Micronauts, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Action Man, and the Transformers.
The first series of post-Revolution titles are concluding soon to make room for First Strike, according to IDW.
In addition to the main series, six additional one-shots will set up the second season of the Hasbro comic universe, where fans will “witness their favorite characters forming new alliances, paving the way for exciting adventures to come”.
One-shots to look out for in September include:
Micronauts: First Strike, by Christos Gage and Chris Panda
G.I. Joe: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis
Optimus Prime: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi
M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND.: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis
Rom: First Strike, by by Christos Gage and Chris Panda
And TRANSFORMERS: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi will follow in October.
These one-shots will “explore more corners of the event” while also giving hints about the future after “the dust settles on the scorched planet of Cybertron” following the conclusion of First Strike.
IDW’s Editor-in-Chief, David Hedgecock says:
This is what REVOLUTION has been building towards over the past year. It’s been an exciting first season of action in the Hasbro shared universe which laid the foundation for all-new stories and adventures, but now with FIRST STRIKE, we’re shaking things up and, once again, disrupting the status quo forever. It’s a perfect time for readers, new and old, to jump on board and join us for one raucously fun ride!
The event will kick off in First Strike #0, now available as a giveaway in comic shops and online at idwpublishing.com/first-strike
In the back of the #0 issue, you’ll also find a checklist for the event running through October.