IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries

IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 3:07pm CDT

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Greetings Seibertronians! We have word from IDW themselves that a new Transformers comic book will be hitting store shelves in December! This five issue mini series is dubbed Transformers: Escape and will focus on the plight of Cybertronians that are not alligned with any faction as Cybertron itself is plunged inside war. A few Autobots however will attempt to save as many as they can. The series features characters like Wheeljack, Hound (as seen in the cover used as the thumbnail of this article), Nautica and other famous (and infamous) Cybertronian scientists.

Here is IDW’S press release along with a look at the first two covers.

Transformers News: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries

Transformers News: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries

IDW wrote:IDW’s New Transformers: Escape Comic Book Views “World War” Through the Eyes of Rescuers and Refugees

Cybertron’s Civil War Rages On in Five-Part Comic Book Miniseries

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 16, 2020) – IDW will expand the universe of the ongoing Transformers comic books with an all-new miniseries entitled Transformers: Escape, focusing on a handful of fan-favorite Autobots scrambling to save innocent bystanders from the war between Cybertronian factions. Written by Brian Ruckley, architect of IDW’s Transformers continuity since 2019, and illustrated by Bethany McGuire-Smith, Transformers: Escape is a five-issue monthly series slated for release beginning in December.
As Cybertron descends into a state of war, countless civilians — unaligned with the Autobots, Decepticons, or any faction — are caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, a solution may be coming, as Wheeljack, Hound, Nautica, and some of Cybertron’s greatest (and most infamous) scientists seek to reactivate the Ark program and evacuate the planet with huge spaceships. On the verge of war, will their efforts be enough to escape?
“Escape’s a cocktail of what I love most about Transformers, with some of my favorite characters and a few surprise guest stars caught up in a pretty epic escalation,” says Ruckley. “I’ve always thought it would be a pretty terrifying, bewildering experience for aliens – non-Cybertronians – to be caught between warring factions of big transforming robots. We’re exploring the question: Who are the most dangerous Cybertronians of all?”
“I'm excited to be working on this awesome chapter in the Transformers storyline,” says McGuire-Smith. “From the perspective of Hound and Wheeljack, we will see what matters most when so many lives are on the line… and whom they can really trust as multiple threats rise.”
“From the launch in 2019, the Transformers universe that's unfolded in the ongoing series and in Transformers: Galaxies has been about showing Cybertronians from exciting new perspectives,” says editor David Mariotte. “That's why we're thrilled to have Brian Ruckley and Beth McGuire-Smith reuniting to dig into the lives of faces both new and familiar as war breaks out and how they respond to the other inhabitants of Cybertron.”
Transformers: Escape #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, each by an established Transformers comic book artist. Cover A features illustration from series artist Bethany McGuire-Smith, Cover B from Winston Chan, and two Retailer Incentive editions feature art by Sara Pitre-Durocher and Alex Milne, respectively.
For information on how to acquire copies of the Transformers comic books, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you.

About IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing (IDWP), a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games. IDWP is one of the top four publishers of comic books and graphic novels in the U.S. with a library of world-renowned licensed content and original series. IDWP’s critically-acclaimed imprints include Top Shelf Productions, Artist’s Editions, EuroComics, The Library of American Comics, Sunday Press, and Yoe! Books.
About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play and Entertainment Experiences. From toys, games and consumer products to television, movies, digital gaming, live action, music, and virtual reality experiences, Hasbro connects to global audiences by bringing to life great innovations, stories and brands across established and inventive platforms.  Hasbro’s iconic brands include NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, POWER RANGERS, PEPPA PIG and PJ MASKS, as well as premier partner brands. Through its global entertainment studio, eOne, Hasbro is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for all children and all families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked among the 2020 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past nine years. We routinely share important business and brand updates on our Investor Relations website, Newsroom and social channels (@Hasbro on Twitter and Instagram.)

Will you be trying this miniseries? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!

Credit(s): IDW

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Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080457)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on September 16th, 2020 @ 11:01pm CDT
No, I doubt I will be trying this miniseries. Maybe I'll read the 1st issue if I can do it for free, just to see what the story is really about, but Ruckley has lost me with the blundering ongoing series that hasn't gotten better.
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080469)
Posted by Moonshot on September 16th, 2020 @ 11:44pm CDT
Lets keep these stories going!
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080494)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 17th, 2020 @ 7:53am CDT
I got somewhat excited when I saw the title and the covers are great looking.

But then I saw the same writer as the ongoing penning these and lost all interest.

It's a shame that in an era of fantastic toys the media has been so lackluster the past 2 years save for the Cyberverse cartoon, the series ironically with the weakest toys.
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080496)
Posted by Big Grim on September 17th, 2020 @ 8:33am CDT
That Wheeljack headshot cover is friggin' gorgeous.

~ Grim
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080525)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on September 17th, 2020 @ 12:09pm CDT
We're back to rehashing ideas from the previous continuity again, I see? How completely uninspired. If not for Galaxies, the "reboot" of IDWverse 2.0 has been a complete farce. >:oP
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080527)
Posted by partholon on September 17th, 2020 @ 12:14pm CDT

im starting to think theyre trying to give the costa run a run for its money.
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080532)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on September 17th, 2020 @ 1:16pm CDT
It’s just SO hard to drum up any interest in this new continuity. Every character is either a politician, cop, or some kind of security person, and they’re all so dull. Some of the art is great sure, but it’s forgotten against drizzling plot lines and confusing shakeups.

When the 2005 continuity brought together grab bags of characters, it felt right and written to make it feel so. In this series it’s just “let’s see who we can haphazardly put on a team together.” But these relationships now just lack substance.

I know it took the 2005 series a good number of years to truly get to the good stuff, but it seems this new series doesn’t want to grow, it just wants to already be good and full of long-standing lore.
Re: IDW Announce New Transformers: Escape Miniseries (2080541)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on September 17th, 2020 @ 2:26pm CDT
Stormshot_Prime wrote:I know it took the 2005 series a good number of years to truly get to the good stuff,

Personally I found it the reverse. The Furman Run and Wreckers books were the most interesting part of IDWverse. This new continuity simply tries to ape the work of Barber & Roberts without putting in the effort or building atop of strong foundation. The end result brings nothing new to the table aside from making Transformers boring. Which, to me at least, is a first. Even the worst books of the Marvel Run didn't bore you.

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