IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 4:06PM CDT

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We've heard rumours of a new IDW Publishing event coming up, featuring the Hasbro Universe and its properties, under the names of Earthwar, Insurgency, and teased in Wrath of Karza and more - there is now confirmation via CBR that FIRST STRIKE is the name, and Transformers are at the end of a very pointy stick.

Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez will be writing the core issues, with art by Max Dunbar, and more issues are solicited coming as of September. Issues 1 and 2, their covers and synopses, can be found below, after the introduction with the creatives involved!

IDW Publishing has a new Hasbro crossover on the way, and it doesn’t sound like good news for the Transformers.

CBR has the first details on “First Strike,” announced Thursday at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Chicago. The story starts with two issues in August, from the writing team of IDW Transformers vet Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (Narrative Director at Vicarious Visions, the game company best known for the “Skylanders” franchise) and artist Max Dunbar, recently of IDW’s “Micronauts” series.

Following 2016’s “Revolution” event — which saw IDW’s licensed Hasbro properties united in one shared universe — “First Strike” picks up with Earth about to join the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. That peaceful event is interrupted by Cobra, as Baron Ironblood — historically the British counterpart to Cobra Commander — has targeted all Cybertronians for termination, putting the Transformers in serious jeopardy. The G.I. Joes, led by Scarlett, and the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, stand in the way in the face of extinction — enlisting help along the way from, apparently, an unlikely ally in the form of Soundwave of the Decepticons.

While this certainly sounds like the comic book equivalent of a blockbuster summer movie, Scott said it’s also a “deeply personal character story.”

“One man attempts to dominate, one woman stands against him,” Scott said in a statement to CBR. “Watch as Scarlett leads her G.I. Joes on a daring mission to save all of Cybertron from their gravest threat yet. ‘First Strike’ is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, and deeply personal character story set against the backdrop of intergalactic war with all the giant robots, cyborg ninjas, and massive explosions you could ask for.”

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock described “First Strike” as the natural progression from what the company started in “Revolution.”

“In ‘Revolution,’ we united our Hasbro comic book titles into one shared universe,” Hedgecock said. “In ‘First Strike,’ we see what it’s like to live in the shadows of a massively powerful, ancient, alien race that has been warring with itself for millions of years and, in doing so, has brought death and destruction to every planet it has touched.”

“What, if anything, can one man do to save his planet? What depths will he go to in order to save mankind? How do you destroy all the Transformers?”

True to the “Revolution” spirit, it won’t just be Transformers and G.I. Joe getting involved in “First Strike” — the M.AS.K. team will also be involved.

“‘First Strike’ is your childhood toy box exploding onto the [comic] page: the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and M.A.S.K. teams brought together, each of them positioned on different sides of this planet-spanning conflict,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “Sometimes the groups will line up along expected party lines, but other times, you’ll see them being torn apart from the inside, as they are forced to face the impossible concept of one human man declaring war against Cybertron and then being really good at it.”

“First Strike” will run for three months, with six issues planned to ship on a twice-monthly schedule. Tie-ins to the event will be revealed at a later date. Covers for each issue will be illustrated by “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” artist Freddie E. Williams II, along with multiple variants.


Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017


First Strike #1

Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
The crossover of the year is here! Earth is finally ready to officially join the Cybertronian Council of Worlds and appoint their first representative to the Council. Too bad the ceremony is interrupted by a massive explosion and the forces of COBRA! Now it’s up to Scarlett, Optimus Prime, G.I. Joe and the Autobots to save two worlds!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 8/9/17

Bullet points:

· The Hasbro crossover event of 2017 is here!
· Spiraling out of the events of Revolution, Revolutionaries, G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime and Transformers: Till All Are One!
· The explosive next chapter of the Hasbro line! Literally! There are explosions!

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017


First Strike #2

Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II
The crossover of the year continues! Scarlett learns the truth behind Baron Ironblood’s plan to destroy all life on Cybertron, but with her team stranded on Earth, she must turn to an unlikely ally to help her reach the besieged planet. Enter: Soundwave!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 8/23/17

Bullet points:

· The Hasbro crossover event of 2017 is here!
· As Cybertron is attacked, G.I. Joe looks to answer one of the biggest questions: Why?
Credit(s): CBR
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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875900)
Posted by Nik Hero on April 20th, 2017 @ 4:56pm CDT
I can't wait. it sounds good!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875907)
Posted by Insurgent on April 20th, 2017 @ 6:29pm CDT
:BANG_HEAD: I knew this was going to happen. Big crossover event every freakin year. Just because. Instead of letting the stories develop on their own, they are going to have to start pausing their own thing to do these big crossover every year. This is exactly why I dropped the Optimus ongoing. Too much clutter from other properties. Hope TAAO and LL don't get dragged into this.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875936)
Posted by Randomhero on April 20th, 2017 @ 9:40pm CDT
Insurgent wrote::BANG_HEAD: I knew this was going to happen. Big crossover event every freakin year. Just because. Instead of letting the stories develop on their own, they are going to have to start pausing their own thing to do these big crossover every year. This is exactly why I dropped the Optimus ongoing. Too much clutter from other properties. Hope TAAO and LL don't get dragged into this.



They replaced the EDC with GI Joe. Whoopdeedo it hasn't changed anything. It's still the same book
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875938)
Posted by ScottyP on April 20th, 2017 @ 9:58pm CDT
Per EIC David Hedgecock, Lost Light will not be affected. In case that part 1 of 2 on the tweet has you suspicious, part 2 is nothing to the contrary :)

Given the text above it looks like Rom is being pretty well left alone as well. And most of TAAO too. Soo, basically a short Joe/TF thing since they're on the same planet, with MASK thrown in for some seasoning. Looks cool to me!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875956)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on April 20th, 2017 @ 11:25pm CDT
I am disappointed. I really don't want something like this, nor am I excited for it.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875965)
Posted by MagicDeath on April 21st, 2017 @ 1:32am CDT
I think they really are trying to make this work. If anyone could do it, it would be IDW...
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875967)
Posted by Insurgent on April 21st, 2017 @ 2:08am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Insurgent wrote::BANG_HEAD: I knew this was going to happen. Big crossover event every freakin year. Just because. Instead of letting the stories develop on their own, they are going to have to start pausing their own thing to do these big crossover every year. This is exactly why I dropped the Optimus ongoing. Too much clutter from other properties. Hope TAAO and LL don't get dragged into this.



They replaced the EDC with GI Joe. Whoopdeedo it hasn't changed anything. It's still the same book



And threw in mask. And the rest. Unless you mean in the ongoing. In which case, my issue is that the small group of edc characters i knew (can't remember their names but i recognized them because there was a small number of them) got replaced with a cast that has ballooned because it's joe and they're all 'important'. So we get to spend more time with a bigger bunch of army guys. And every time i see the joe logo, which has been every issue, it takes me out of the story. Same with that misfits poster in issue 4. Sure, that might seem stupid, but i can't help it. Every time i see that, it makes me stop and remember I'm just looking at a fake world instead of being immersed in it.


And they can't develop stories naturally. Like this, they will have to pause whatever they are in the middle of to have a 'crossover event' every year. So woopdedoo indeed.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875982)
Posted by Burn on April 21st, 2017 @ 5:22am CDT
IDW have a terrible history of cross-overs. Oh, and here we go again! Transformers & GI Joe. ugh ...
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1875986)
Posted by Randomhero on April 21st, 2017 @ 6:08am CDT
Insurgent wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Insurgent wrote::BANG_HEAD: I knew this was going to happen. Big crossover event every freakin year. Just because. Instead of letting the stories develop on their own, they are going to have to start pausing their own thing to do these big crossover every year. This is exactly why I dropped the Optimus ongoing. Too much clutter from other properties. Hope TAAO and LL don't get dragged into this.



They replaced the EDC with GI Joe. Whoopdeedo it hasn't changed anything. It's still the same book



And threw in mask. And the rest. Unless you mean in the ongoing. In which case, my issue is that the small group of edc characters i knew (can't remember their names but i recognized them because there was a small number of them) got replaced with a cast that has ballooned because it's joe and they're all 'important'. So we get to spend more time with a bigger bunch of army guys. And every time i see the joe logo, which has been every issue, it takes me out of the story. Same with that misfits poster in issue 4. Sure, that might seem stupid, but i can't help it. Every time i see that, it makes me stop and remember I'm just looking at a fake world instead of being immersed in it.


And they can't develop stories naturally. Like this, they will have to pause whatever they are in the middle of to have a 'crossover event' every year. So woopdedoo indeed.


You said you dropped Optimus because they've tossed everyone in. Micronaughts MASK, Direwraiths, Rom, none have shown up in Optimus Prime. The only characters that have appeared in that book from GI joe is Flint, Mainframe and Chameleon. Three characters, yup total over load. Everyone else are previous IDW humans from EDC with call signs. Dr Bharwaney is Hi-Tech, Zilong is talon and Spide is...well Spike. That's it. The only character that was lost was Mayday. She's in Revolutionaiea and she wasn't even a primary character. Optimus prime is still exRID with a couple Joes. That's not changing the book entirely with the inclusion of a COUPLE joes and tanks withs their logo.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1876001)
Posted by Big Grim on April 21st, 2017 @ 7:48am CDT
Please IDW, don't go the way of DC and MArvel. I've dropped everything from both companies because it's event overload. And how the hell can Cobra be a threat to Cybertronians? They couldn't beat the Joes and Prime has a frikkin' Titan.

~ Grim
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1876068)
Posted by YoungPrime on April 21st, 2017 @ 10:15am CDT
Yeah, I really can't stand them force feeding these other brands into transformer crossovers. Especially when the crossovers that only feat. TF's are rarely any good!

It's like who's rooting for these other characters to be a threat against Prime an other well known TF's that should be able to simply step on any annoying human they write to square off against Transformers.

And no, I don't wanna see another story where humans are using some secret Ray-Gun, B.E.T. or "Weather Dominator" to control or kill Autobots that are simply trying to help Earth!

It's tired, boring and doesn't compel me to sort after these other franchises.

All these companies and Studios wanna follow the MCU's lead but lack the imagination!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe Comics Event First Strike to Arrive in September 2017 (1876235)
Posted by Kurona on April 21st, 2017 @ 6:23pm CDT
Hoo boy... if there's gonna be a crossover every year or so this is not a smart decision. It seems to be one of if not the primary reason people are leaving Marvel in droves; people are sick of having to follow so many books crossing over so many times into so many events we're told are important and it just burns you out.

I actually do enjoy the fact this is a shared universe as it does bring in quite a bit of potential - in fact I'm rather excited for the upcoming Transformers/ROM crossover - but this is the big fear. Not the fact we're getting crossover event comics, but that it seems we might be getting them in excess.

Still, that doesn't mean the crossover itself will be bad. Could be good - possibly very good, in fact; now that we have got the introductions out of the way which on a foundational level hurt Revolution from the beginning, we've got a chance of having an actually good crossover now considering the writers seem passionate and love these franchises. I'm just worried about the precedent it sets with it happening this soon after Revolution.

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