Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4

Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4

Monday, June 12th, 2017 3:33pm CDT

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Courtesy of Newsarama, we have some more covers for the First Strike comics event happening with IDW Publishing as of this August/September, featuring a number of Hasbro Universe franchises - namely, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and M.A.S.K.. Check out the covers for issues #3 and #4 below!

Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #3—Cover A: Freddie E. Williams II—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Secrets revealed! G.I. Joe, the Autobots and M.A.S.K. make their way to Cybertron to stop the siege and encounter the COBRA leader, but all is not as it seems! Will their arrival help—or just bring more disaster?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #3—Cover B: Max Dunbar
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #3—Cover C: Alex Ronald
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #3—Cover D: Rob Duenas


Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Rob Duenas (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free “Cartoon Noir” variant cover by Jay Fosgitt!
Order 25 copies, get on free variant cover by Davide Fabbri!
Order 50 copies, get one free variant cover by Leonardo Manco!
Order 50 copies of both issues #3 and #4 and get one free variant cover of issue #3 by Whilce Portacio!

Bullet points:
· The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 continues!
· G.I. Joe strikes back! So, I guess you could call this issue “SECOND STRIKE!”


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #4—Cover A: Freddie E. Williams II—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Captured by Transformers! Even with the Autobots on their side, G.I. Joe is in trouble! Starscream doesn’t trust anyone, much less armed humans who show up during Cybertron’s darkest hour and he’ll do anything he can to keep G.I. Joe under control—including let COBRA get even closer to their goal!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4


First Strike #4—Cover B: Max Dunbar
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

First Strike #4—Cover C: Alex Ronald
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

First Strike #4—Cover D: Rob Duenas
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Rob Duenas (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free “Cartoon Noir” variant cover by Jay Fosgitt!
Order 25 copies, get on free variant cover by Davide Fabbri!
Order 50 copies, get one free variant cover by Leonardo Manco!
Order 50 copies of both issues #3 and #4 and get one free variant cover of issue #3 by Whilce Portacio!

Bullet points:
· The Hasbro comic book crossover event of 2017 is here!
· Time is running out! It’s G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. vs. the Transformers vs. the other Transformers vs. COBRA!
· We’re in the home-stretch! It wouldn’t be hard to envision what is coming down the line! No tricks, no illusions, no holograms! So pony up because it is about to get wild! Okay, maybe not everything is part of the shared line, but some exciting stuff is! It’ll be a whole new status quo with all-new books!
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Credit(s): Newsarama


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888920)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:49pm CDT
...Huh. Maybe we were wrong about Baron Ironblood's identity.

BUT HEY LOOK GUYS, THE SOLSTAR ORDER! Nikomi, Q'b, and Blob Guy are here to help save Cybertron!
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888921)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:56pm CDT
the max Dunbar cover......is that Antagony?
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888922)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:57pm CDT
Pretty sure that's the "upgraded" Shazraella.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888927)
Posted by Kurona on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:13pm CDT
Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888929)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:16pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888933)
Posted by Va'al on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:20pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888934)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:23pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.

Oh shoot, you're right! I'll be honest, I thought you guys were looking at the MASK characters for a second. In my defense, one of them was hidden in the corner of the art.

Well that's egg on my face.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1888993)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 12th, 2017 @ 7:24pm CDT
TAAO dies in 2 issues, LL has let me down tremendously, and then there is this scrap. in my opinion, ROM has done nothing for the story so far for me. He has made things annoying and not fun. His upcoming crossover with transformers, away from the main story, looks good, but otherwise he has been scrap.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889066)
Posted by Va'al on June 13th, 2017 @ 2:20am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.

Oh shoot, you're right! I'll be honest, I thought you guys were looking at the MASK characters for a second. In my defense, one of them was hidden in the corner of the art.

Well that's egg on my face.


Naah, don't worry. *hands over napkin*
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889093)
Posted by Big Grim on June 13th, 2017 @ 5:51am CDT
Destro Vs Fat Tankor? Hah. Pound him into a silverstreaked puddle FT!
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889114)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 13th, 2017 @ 9:08am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:TAAO dies in 2 issues, LL has let me down tremendously, and then there is this scrap. in my opinion, ROM has done nothing for the story so far for me. He has made things annoying and not fun. His upcoming crossover with transformers, away from the main story, looks good, but otherwise he has been scrap.

Rom is the greatest hero of our time and I WILL NOT STAND FOR SUCH SLANDER!

Also, I found this checklist for the First Strike event, as well as the upcoming titles. https://twitter.com/HasbroUPodcast/stat ... 9988284417

Nothing all that new apart from a mysterious "Classified" title that will be launching in December. Hopefully it's a revamped Revolutionaries, because that book is currently my favorite and I'm sad its ending.

EDIT: That checklist came from this preview for First Strike #0 (coming out tomorrow) on Bleeding Cool. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/13 ... -december/ Don't click on it if you don't want spoilers though.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889123)
Posted by Kurona on June 13th, 2017 @ 10:49am CDT
Well if we're talking purely about ROM's appearances in Transformers stories, aside from what amounted to a cameo in Revolutionaries his only appearance has been in Revolution so far, and... and yeah. No-one was portrayed well in that awful thing, and ROM's no exception.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889124)
Posted by Va'al on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:07am CDT
Because some websites are more equal than others, Bleeding Cool have a full preview available for IDW Publishing's First Strike #0 comic, which is out this Wednesda for free and which kickstarts the whole event that will affect the Hasbro Universe in the comics - in spite of the regular IDW schedule and storylines, and straight up spoiling Revolutionaries. Also included in the preview is a checklist for all the comics taking part in the crossover, including a 'classified' title launching in December.

Fellow Seibertronian Daniel Adkins, also part of the Hasbro Universe Action and Adventure Podcast, has done some digging and figured out who the missing series might be about: the long-rumoured Visionaries. Check out the checklist and preview below!


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889126)
Posted by Kurona on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:27am CDT
"So that's what happened to Blitzwing"
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889128)
Posted by leokearon on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:32am CDT
Still waiting for Zoids to come back
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889152)
Posted by ScottyP on June 13th, 2017 @ 12:39pm CDT
I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't "toss out Revolution's main inciting conflict, drone on about Onyx's MacGuffin, and get set for the fourth doom-crisis to hit Cybertron in the past year."

The unexpected nature of the apparent crux of First Strike's high level plot would be good, if only said plot actually was. This looks bad and I can't imagine anyone reading this preview and going "wow, better go put in my subs!"

leokearon wrote:Still waiting for Zoids to come back
Maybe they'll make a return with Grimlock and MP3. And Brandon.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889183)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 13th, 2017 @ 2:06pm CDT
From everything we've seen, it looks like Revolutionaries was designed to flow right into First Strike. And if since we're getting Visionaries after the event and General Blitz is talking about magic, I love the idea that the Talisman has a connection to the magical light. It certainly lines up when you consider that the individual Visionaries all have animal motifs, so tying them into Onyx in the same way Micronus was tied into the Micronauts works.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889213)
Posted by ricemazter on June 13th, 2017 @ 5:28pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't "toss out Revolution's main inciting conflict, drone on about Onyx's MacGuffin, and get set for the fourth doom-crisis to hit Cybertron in the past year."

The unexpected nature of the apparent crux of First Strike's high level plot would be good, if only said plot actually was. This looks bad and I can't imagine anyone reading this preview and going "wow, better go put in my subs!"

leokearon wrote:Still waiting for Zoids to come back
Maybe they'll make a return with Grimlock and MP3. And Brandon.


What was Revolution's inciting conflict and how are they throwing it out? Not criticizing, I never bothered to read revolution.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889229)
Posted by no-one on June 13th, 2017 @ 6:46pm CDT
I need a clean version of this for my phone wallpaper stat!

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But for the time being, this will make due.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike #3 and #4 (1889245)
Posted by ScottyP on June 13th, 2017 @ 8:10pm CDT
ricemazter wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't "toss out Revolution's main inciting conflict, drone on about Onyx's MacGuffin, and get set for the fourth doom-crisis to hit Cybertron in the past year."

The unexpected nature of the apparent crux of First Strike's high level plot would be good, if only said plot actually was. This looks bad and I can't imagine anyone reading this preview and going "wow, better go put in my subs!"

leokearon wrote:Still waiting for Zoids to come back
Maybe they'll make a return with Grimlock and MP3. And Brandon.


What was Revolution's inciting conflict and how are they throwing it out? Not critzicizing, I never bothered to read revolution.
Rom killed Joe Colton. Snowball started down the hill from there.

Slightly longer version with important context: Rom killed a Dire Wraith that had taken over the body of Joe Colton, meaning he was dead already.

This throws out that idea which cheapens it for me, and also makes me less interested in the Joe side of things. This is because the way Rev presented the Joes, which then progressed through the new book, was as a smaller group of characters without too much continuity baggage to go dig into.

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