IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again

IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 3:16pm CDT

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We just received word from IDW Publishing that their Infestation crossover event will be returning in 2012! Not only that, but the infestation will creep it's way into the Transformers “Hearts of Steel” timeline with story and art by Chuck Dixon and Guido Guidi. See the press release below:


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Infestation Spreads Again


Epic crossover event returns with bigger threats, more franchises

IDW’s second ground-breaking multi-title event kicks off in January 2012


[Infestation 2 Cover]San Diego, CA (October 12, 2011) – IDW’s ground-breaking, multi-universe event returns in January with INFESTATION 2. As with the blockbuster original, this epic invasion will spread throughout the IDW-verse and into many fan-favorite titles. With INFESTATION 2, tentacled Lovecraftian “Old Ones” reach across time and space and threaten to destroy everyone everywhere and everywhen.

“Last year, we were just figuring out how to do a monstrous event for the first time,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “This year, we’re going to build on the monstrous part, both in terms of story, titles affected and the threat itself. So people can expect a bigger event here, with lots of legs. Well, tentacles, anyway. We’ve got great creators and a very exciting plan to give people more of what they liked the first time, with some crazy twists and new properties affected, too.”

Coming in January, the kick off issue, INFESTATION 2 #1, will be written by best-selling novelist and comic-book writer Duane Swierczynski and feature art by INFESTATION/INFESTATION: OUTBREAK artist David Messina. This gripping issue sets the stage for Lovecraft’s “Old Ones” to break through time and space and invade many titles, including TRANSFORMERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and a special fifth-week one-shot, INFESTATION: TEAM-UP, featuring Bat Boy and GROOM LAKE’s grey alien Archibald in February. Then in March, the Infestation spreads even further, infecting TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and G.I. JOE. In April, vampires battle zombies in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: INFESTATION, followed by the stunning closing issue, INFESTATION 2 #2.

Joining Swierczynski and Messina on covers for INFESTATION 2 #1 and #2 will be Alex Garner and Livio Ramondelli. INFESTATION 2 #1 will also feature unique temporary tattoos.

In February, writer Chuck Dixon and artist Guido Guidi will return to the often-requested “Hearts of Steel” timeline for the bi-weekly INFESTATION 2: TRANSFORMERS #1 and #2. Plus, Dungeons & Dragons novelist Paul Krill will introduce a brand-new campaign setting to IDW with INFESTATION 2: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: EBERRON #1 and #2. INFESTATION 2: TEAM-UP will be written by Chris Ryall and illustrated by his WEEKLY WORLD NEWS partner Alan Robinson, and feature covers by Eric Powell and The Simpsons’s Bill Morrison.

In March, Tristan Jones and Mark Torres pair up for INFESTATION 2: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 and #2, while Mike Raicht and Valentine de Landro present INFESTATION 2: G.I. JOE #1 and #2. INFESTATION 2 architect Duane Swierczynski and artist Stuart Sayger will explore the effect of Lovecraft demons on vampires in the INFESTATION 2: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT one-shot.

As a special bonus for fans, every issue of the INFESTATION 2 event will feature a connected cover by artist Livio Ramondelli, and IDW will be producing special incentive temporary tattoos with each issue, too.

Stay tuned to IDWPublishing.com as more creative teams for this epic crossover event are announced. Plus, readers can get a sneak peek at INFESTATION 2 by asking their local retailer about the INFESTATION 2 ashcan, coming in late November and featuring interviews, artwork and information about this momentous event.


INFESTATION 2 #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on January 25, 2012.

INFESTATION 2: TRANSFORMERS #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 1 and 15, 2012, respectively.

INFESTATION 2: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: EBERRON #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 8 and 22, 2012, respectively.

INFESTATION 2: TEAM-UP will be in stores on February 29, 2012.

INFESTATION 2: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 and #2 will be in stores on March 7 and 21, 2012, respectively.

INFESTATION 2: G.I. JOE #1 and #2 will be in stores on March 14 and 28, 2012, respectively.

INFESTATION 2: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT will be in stores on April 4, 2012.

INFESTATION 2 #2 will be available in stores on April 11, 2012.


Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

Credit(s): IDW Publishing


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Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299529)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on October 12th, 2011 @ 3:24pm CDT
Yay! 30 Days of Night!

No Godzilla crossover? Bummers.
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299530)
Posted by Springer on October 12th, 2011 @ 3:25pm CDT
Just in case we weren't suffering enough from lame zombie overkill...
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299537)
Posted by Burn on October 12th, 2011 @ 3:38pm CDT
The horse isn't a zombie, stop beating it.
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Posted by Tigertrack on October 12th, 2011 @ 5:43pm CDT
Oh boy. I hope what they say about learning from the first time around is true.

But a return to Hearts of Steel. Does that suggest HOS is getting generally returned to and brought into the fold as canon, or is this going to be like HOS was intended... alternate 'what if' storylineage?
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299629)
Posted by Lord Manhammer '74 on October 12th, 2011 @ 8:10pm CDT
If your looking for a Lovecraftian tale involving the King of the Monsters check out GODZILLA Vs. CTHULHUhttp://www.kaijuphile.com/fannest/ficti ... hu_1.shtml" title="(http://www.kaijuphile.com/fannest/ficti ... hu_1.shtml">(http://www.kaijuphile.com/fannest/ficti ... hu_1.shtml) by author C.L. Werner. Excellent fan-fic by a published author. Too bad Toho has a bit of a stick up its keister about crossovers with their characters.

And, on the topic at hand, loved the last INFESTATION ,can't wait to see what this one has in store for us.
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299722)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on October 13th, 2011 @ 12:43am CDT
Somehow I miss the part stating Duane Swierczynski is writing issues for Infestation. I love that guy's novels and comics!

This is getting better & better.
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299831)
Posted by GEEWUN on October 13th, 2011 @ 9:04am CDT
Teenage Mutant Zombie Turtles....
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1299854)
Posted by rpetras on October 13th, 2011 @ 10:00am CDT
I enjoyed the first Infestation story, especially the GI Joe and Star Trek issues.

I thought the TF crossover was the weakest of the 4 from the first round, but overall I really enjoyed them.

I'm looking forward to this!
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Posted by El Duque on October 14th, 2011 @ 3:07pm CDT
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CBR caught up with IDW's Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall to discuss their recently announced "Infestation 2", which will introduce Lovecraftian mythos into the now magic free IDW universe. Click here to read the full interview.

The Transformers story, we were actually able to do something fun. One of the first things we did when we got the Transformers license in 2006, I wanted to do these series of miniseries called "Evolutions," which were basically like Transformers Elseworlds. The first one we did was with Chuck Dixon, set back in the 1800s, and was sort of a steampunk take on Transformers. Then that turned out to be the only one of those series that we ever did, for various reasons. But now we're able to go revisit that. I've had people asking me for five straight years, are we ever gonna see that version of those characters again, we really like what you did. And up until now, I've always had to say no, but now we've found a way to bring them back, as well. So it's nice that something people have been wanting for the last half-decade is now able to surface again.
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Posted by Bumblevivisector on October 14th, 2011 @ 3:35pm CDT
So the Transformers might literally meet H.P. Lovecraft, huh? Well, Lovecraft's monsters sort of blurred together our ideas of aliens and demons before pop-culture distinctions between Horror and SciFi were well defined, and TFs would also be somewhat indistinct from Lovecraft's ancient, incomprehensible beings, so it's worth a shot.

What I hope for most, is that this story firmly introduces Quintessons into the IDWverse (I'm about a year behind on the comics; this hasn't happened outside of hints in Spotlight: Wheelie, has it?) I've long suspected their egg shape and 5-point radial symmetry was based on the Elder things, and that Flint Dille was drawing from 'In the Mountains of Madness' when he gave Rodimus Prime the unwelcome revelation that Transformers were created by the Quints in '5 Faces of Darkness'. Also, 'The Dweller in the Depths' plays like a full blown Lovecraftian Transformers episode, even if there's no actual mythos name dropping, so hopefully someone at IDW has studied it (and a few other Season 3 eps) very carefully.
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Posted by El Duque on October 14th, 2011 @ 3:41pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:So the Transformers might literally meet H.P. Lovecraft, huh? Well, Lovecraft's monsters sort of blurred together our ideas of aliens and demons before pop-culture distinctions between Horror and SciFi were well defined, and TFs would also be somewhat indistinct from Lovecraft's ancient, incomprehensible beings, so it's worth a shot.

What I hope for most, is that this story firmly introduces Quintessons into the IDWverse (I'm about a year behind on the comics; this hasn't happened outside of hints in Spotlight: Wheelie, has it?) I've long suspected their egg shape and 5-point radial symmetry was based on the Elder things, and that Flint Dille was drawing from 'In the Mountains of Madness' when he gave Rodimus Prime the unwelcome revelation that Transformers were created by the Quints in '5 Faces of Darkness'. Also, 'The Dweller in the Depths' plays like a full blown Lovecraftian Transformers episode, even if there's no actual mythos name dropping, so hopefully someone at IDW has studied it (and a few other Season 3 eps) very carefully.


So far the only Quint reference is the one you mentioned in Spotlight Wheelie, and I agree with your points.
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Posted by Heavy B on October 14th, 2011 @ 4:02pm CDT
DAMN IT, I thought chris was gonna apologize for the first infestation. and Shane McCarthy
Re: IDW Press Release:The Infestation Spreads Again (1300459)
Posted by Stormrider on October 14th, 2011 @ 5:05pm CDT
Lovecraft and Hearts of Steel - two of my favorite mythos/storylines. I may have to check this out even though I am not a big fan of multi-universe cross overs.


Bumblevivisector wrote:So the Transformers might literally meet H.P. Lovecraft, huh? Well, Lovecraft's monsters sort of blurred together our ideas of aliens and demons before pop-culture distinctions between Horror and SciFi were well defined, and TFs would also be somewhat indistinct from Lovecraft's ancient, incomprehensible beings, so it's worth a shot.

What I hope for most, is that this story firmly introduces Quintessons into the IDWverse (I'm about a year behind on the comics; this hasn't happened outside of hints in Spotlight: Wheelie, has it?) I've long suspected their egg shape and 5-point radial symmetry was based on the Elder things, and that Flint Dille was drawing from 'In the Mountains of Madness' when he gave Rodimus Prime the unwelcome revelation that Transformers were created by the Quints in '5 Faces of Darkness'. Also, 'The Dweller in the Depths' plays like a full blown Lovecraftian Transformers episode, even if there's no actual mythos name dropping, so hopefully someone at IDW has studied it (and a few other Season 3 eps) very carefully.



That's a great idea.
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Posted by El Duque on October 14th, 2011 @ 11:00pm CDT
Optimus Prime vs. Cthulu? It's unlikely that this fantasy battle has popped up in the minds of many fans, but apparently that's what IDW's "Infestation 2" has in store for us. As we know from the interview with IDW's Chris Ryall that was posted earlier today "Infestation 2" will introduce Lovecraftian mythos into the IDW universe, which will include the Transfomers "Hearts of Steel" timeline. Now artist Guido Guidi has treated fans with a sneak peek at one of his "Infestation 2" covers featuring Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime vs. Cthulu. Check out the awesome black and white cover art mirrored below from Guidi's deviantART page.


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Posted by griftimus prime on October 15th, 2011 @ 6:54am CDT
very nice
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Posted by Jaw Crusher on October 15th, 2011 @ 9:12am CDT
El Duque wrote:Optimus Prime vs. Cthulu? It's unlikely that this fantasy battle has popped up in the minds of many fans, but apparently that's what IDW's "Infestation 2" has in store for us. As we know from the interview with IDW's Chris Ryall that was posted earlier today "Infestation 2" will introduce Lovecraftian mythos into the IDW universe, which will include the Transfomers "Hearts of Steel" timeline. Now artist Guido Guidi has treated fans with a sneak peek at one of his "Infestation 2" covers featuring Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime vs. Cthulu. Check out the awesome black and white cover art mirrored below from Guidi's deviantART page.


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I wonder if this means that HOS Optimus will actually have a role in the story. I mean, besides taking a nap. :roll:
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Posted by Stormrider on October 15th, 2011 @ 9:23am CDT
Sweet. I imagine this is going to be set in the Victorian era. Perhaps Arkham, MA will be used as the setting.
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Posted by Lord Manhammer '74 on October 16th, 2011 @ 12:59am CDT
I was thinking since Mr. Dille was also behind the creation of one of my favorite Hasbro franchise, the Inhumanoids, which looking at some the characters, Tendrill, the Langastoids, and the whole series draws its inspiration from Lovcraft's works. That it would be a good time to revive them for IDWverse Transformers books. Even last year's zombie INFESTATION, the Inhumanoids' very own Undead Horror, D-Compose, would've fit nicely into the event.
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Posted by Lord Manhammer '74 on January 21st, 2012 @ 12:15am CST
The preview for the opening bookend to INFES2ATION, hitting the comic shelves next week on January 25.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=11219
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Posted by Lord Manhammer '74 on January 21st, 2012 @ 12:19am CST
The preview for the opening bookend to INFES2ATION, hitting the comic shelves next week on January 25.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=11219

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