IDW Makes Full-On HASBRO Shared Universe Permanent & In-Continuity Including TRANSFORMERS (Plus Trailer)

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Credit: IDW Publishing

After Paramount Pictures announced plans for a interconnected Hasbro Cinematic Universe, IDW Publishing is bringing that concept to their various licensed titles - but replacing The Visionaries for the Transformers. Revolution is a comic book crossover event which will meld the San Diego publisher's long-running Transformers and G.I. Joe titles with the new and upcoming Micronauts, Rom, Action Man, and M.A.S.K. into one cohesive continuity.

“The Revolution series builds out of a detail that was introduced in IDW’s first-ever issue of Transformers in 2005,” said Chris Ryall, IDW's CCO. “So to finally be able to build upon the various story elements we’ve seeded over the years, and which come into play in a big way starting with July’s Rom #1 even before the launch of Revolution, is a blast. We’ve been working toward a full-fledged universe for some time and it’s great fun to be able to finally bring it to vivid life, especially since it allows us to give the world new titles like the very-requested M.A.S.K., as well as some exciting new books still to be announced.”


Credit: IDW Publishing

Revolution kicks off in September as a twice-monthly five issue series written by Cullen Bunn and John Barber, then illustrated by Fico Ossio. The ongoing Transformers, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Transformers: Til All Are One, Rom, Micronauts, Action Man and M.A.S.K. will all have tie-in issues, as well as a new G.I. Joe series by Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis.

IDW's list of titles and their creators are as follows:

Co-written by Chris Ryall (Onyx), Christos Gage (Marvel’s Daredevil)
Art by David Messina (Star Trek)
G.I. Joe
Written by Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter X G.I. JOE)
Art by Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet)
Transformers: Till All Are One
Written by Mairghread Scott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Naoto Tsushima (TRANSFORMERS)
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye

Written by James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Alex Milne (TRANSFORMERS)
Written by John Barber (Back to the Future)
Art by Andrew Griffith (TRANSFORMERS)
Written by Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, TRANSFORMERS: Deviations)
Art by Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin)
Action Man
Written by John Barber (TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Paolo Villanelli (G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES)
Written by Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men)
Art by Chris Panda

The inclusion of IDW's Transformers titles is an important distinction, as Paramount's Hasbro Cinematic Universe has thusfar not announced any plans to incorporate that successful franchise with the G.I. Joe-led new one. Paramount has included mention of The Visionaries in its movie plans, but IDW hasn't included them in their announced plans for Revolution - at least, not yet if you read into Ryall's mention of "some exciting new books still to be announced.”

“We’ve done plenty of crossovers in the past, but nothing near this scope or scale,” said Hasbro's Head of Global Publishing, Michael Kelly. “Our heroes, whether they are from Earth or from distant reaches of the galaxy, all have one thing in common: their powers and abilities are based primarily on technology. We have been able to use this fact to build a natural and believable link between all of these disparate characters. The result is a complex and dynamic world where all manner of conflicts and team-ups can and will exist. If you are a fan of Hasbro’s brands, your time is now.”

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