You Can’t Keep A Good ‘Bot Down: IDW Relaunches Transformers This March

by James Ferguson

IDW Publishing’s decade long run of solid Transformers comics came to an end recently, but you can’t keep a good ‘bot down. The publisher has announced an all-new Transformers series kicking off in March 2019 that will explore the moment when a glorious, peaceful Cyberton began its downward spiral into chaos.

Shipping twice monthly, Transformers will be written by Brian Ruckley and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph. It aims to dig into Cyberton history in way we’ve never seen before, by looking at the peaceful times ahead of all the war and…well…I can’t really say bloodshed. It all started with the end of a single life. Witnessed through the eyes of a young Bumblebee and his friends, fans will see conspiracies forming, harmony giving way to conflict, and the very fabric of Cybertronian civilization tearing itself apart.

Writer Brian Ruckley says:

Bringing Transformers fans this story is a real privilege. But just as important, it’s an amazing opportunity for new readers to discover and explore one of the biggest universes – and one of the best casts of characters – that science fiction has to offer, and to get in right at the start of a truly epic saga.

With the news that the last iteration of Transformers comics was ending, everyone was wondering what would happen next for the Autobots and the Decepticons. Now we know and I’m interested to see where this new start will take us.

Artist Ron Joseph adds:

In my youth, I devoured everything Transformers – toys, comics, the cartoon, the movie – with a Unicron-like hunger. ‘Robots in Disguise’ dominated my every waking moment. To join IDW’s creative team for the launch of a Transformers comic is staggering, and easily one of the greatest moments of my life.

The first issue of the new Transformers comic will feature multiple cover variants including work from Gabriel Rodriguez, Angel Hernandez, Casey W. Coller, and Freddie E. Williams II. The second issue will have covers from Nelson Daniel, Ron Joseph, and Jeffrey Veregge.

Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Vice President of Global Publishing says:

We are eager to begin this new chapter in Transformers storytelling. We are excited to begin a tale that will be accessible and appealing to readers unfamiliar with Transformers lore, while still providing the depth and drama that our long-time fans expect. It’s a big responsibility, but we’ve got the right team and the right characters to do it.

The journey begins in March 2019.

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