IDW kicks off First Strike in the battle on Cybertron

GI Joe calls for war against the Transformers. IDW’s First Strike unites GI Joe, The Transformers, MASK, Micronauts, Rom and Action Man.

The event is a six-part bi-weekly series from writers Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez and art by Max Dunbar and colorist Ander Zarate.

First Strike follows the events of last year’s big event Revolution. Original Joe General Joe Colton is taking the fight against the Transformers to Cybertron in Hasbro’s first comic book event of 2017.

Earth’s heroes — G.I. JOE, ROM, the MICRONAUTS, M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND, ACTION MAN, and the TRANSFORMERS, Earth has never been more secure now that it has become a member of the Council of Worlds due to Optimus Prime’s leadership. But oversight and control isn’t what everyone wants; especially when that control is in the hands of alien forces…

IDW First Strike cover

The post-Revolution titles are winding down while the focus shifts to the big event. Beyond the main series, IDW is releasing six additional one-shots for Season 2 of the Hasbro comic universe leading to new alliances and new adventures.

Coming up is Micronauts: First Strike, by Christos Gage and Chris Panda, G.I. Joe: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis, and Optimus Prime: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi in September.

October releases are M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis, Rom: First Strike, by Christos Gage and Chris Panda, and TRANSFORMERS: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi will follow in October.

The one shots will help supplement the main story and foreshadow future events following the event.

‘This is what REVOLUTION has been building towards over the past year,’ said IDW Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock in a statement. ‘It’s been an exciting first season of action in the Hasbro shared universe which laid the foundation for all-new stories and adventures, but now with FIRST STRIKE, we’re shaking things up and, once again, disrupting the status quo forever. It’s a perfect time for readers, new and old, to jump on board and join us for one raucously fun ride!’

Everything begins with First Strike #0, which you can pick up now free at your respective comic book shop. If one isn’t available, check out idwpublishing.com/first-strike. There’s also a checklist for the event, which runs through October with new first issues slated for November and December G.I. JOE: UNMASKED and ROM & THE MICRONAUTS.

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