IDW Announces Star Trek Vs. Transformers For September

by Hannah Means Shannon

I can’t say that I saw this crossover coming, but for many fans who have been eyeing the different properties in IDW’s stable of comics, there must have been speculation that someday there might be a Star Trek vs. Transformers series.

In this crossover, the starship Enterprise and her crew come face-to-face with the shape-changing robots of Cybertron. Two prolific Transformers and Star Trek comic book writers, John Barber and Mike Johnson, are teaming with artist Philip Murphy and colorist Leonardo Ito for the series.

Specifically, the four-issue comic book crossover has been inspired by the “continuities of two iconic cartoon shows”: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and The Transformers (1984), according to IDW.

The official description of the first issue reads: “At the edge of Klingon space, the Enterprise​ answers a distress call, discovering a dilithium mine under siege by jets and helicopters of vintage 20th Century design. When a red, flat-nosed truck rolls in to save the day, the no-holds barred Saturday morning mash-up truly begins!”

Co-writer Mike Johnson, whose Star Trek comic book credits include Countdown and Star Trek / Green Lantern says:

This is a crossover several decades in the making, and we could not be more thrilled to bring it to fans! John and I are having a blast writing the first meeting of Starfleet and Cybertronians, and Phil is the perfect artist to bring these two franchises together on the page.

John Barber, co-writer and IDW’s Editor-in-Chief comments:

The funny thing is, even though I’m the Transformers guy on this comic (I’ve written a lot of Transformers comics, after all), I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan, ever since I was a kid. When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher joking at the end of the year that maybe someday I’d wind up writing Star Trek… and it’s a thrill to finally get to!

Philip Murphy adds:

This is definitely a dream-come-true project for me. It’s my first time getting to draw Transformers and Star Trek. Not only am I a huge Trek fan, but I was born in the ’80s so I grew up in the golden era of Saturday morning cartoons – and The Transformers was definitely on the top of my list! This comic really means something special to me.

For information on ordering copies of the monthly Star Trek vs. Transformers comic book series, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Also, the collected Star Trek vs. Transformers trade paperback is already available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.