Transformers and G.I. Joe Now Interconnected, Owned by Skybound

Transformers and G.I. Joe are two of Hasbro’s largest properties, and the pair have crossed over quite a few instances over the many years. Coming off the heels of the just lately launched Transformers: Rise of the Beasts film, Hasbro goes all in on mixing its two manufacturers collectively, and throwing them right into a shared universe.

IGN revealed that Skybound Leisure, the media firm from Robert Kirkman (The Strolling Useless, Invincible) is heading up the trouble on the comics entrance. As a part of the newly christened “Energon Universe,” Transformers is getting a brand new month-to-month comedian from author/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Do a Powerbomb, Jurassic League), whereas Joe can have a restricted run of character-centric one-photographs beginning with points targeted on Duke and Cobra Commander. The primary will come from Joshua Williamson (Dark Crisis) and Tom Reilly (Fury), and the latter from Williamson and Andrea Milana (Dahlia within the Darkish).

Kirkman promised that a full-blown Joe comedian will come ultimately, however wished to deal with a small solid earlier than “[ramping] into G.I. Joe in a method that you just see the worth and the way nice these characters are the best way that we do.” Beginning out, the army group doesn’t exist but, however the formation of it and Cobra will each play out over the course of the one-shots. “You’re going to form of get to see these characters from the bottom up and have a very particular person expertise. […] You’ll have gone on a journey with them, in order that’s form of our method.”

As for the how of this within the comics themselves…

Picture: Daniel Warren Johnson/Skybound Leisure

The Energon Universe formally begins within the pages of Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s just lately launched Void Rivals #1. Late within the challenge, the e book’s two leads—Darak and Solila, pilots from completely different factions who crash land on an alien planet—come throughout Jetfire, a Transformer in stasis. However as Kirkman famous, Void Rivals doesn’t simply develop into a comic book concerning the Transformers. Darkish and Solila will nonetheless be Void Rivals’ leads, however the appearance of Jetfire helps widen the e book’s scope and gives “a plethora of alien races and completely different characters…that these rivals will likely be interacting with.”

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Picture: Daniel Warren Johnson/Skybound Leisure

Kirkman additional defined his need to tie Transformers and Joe collectively years in the past when Hasbro was contemplating opening up the licenses. Upon listening to that, Kirkman mentioned he immediately began making an attempt to kind concepts that might develop into the Energon Universe, and had a need to “determine new methods into these characters. The Energon Universe form of strips issues again to the start and it’s going to form of be a ground-floor exploration of those characters.”

A part of what allowed Void, Transformers, and Joe to face collectively is how every of them inform tales of neverending battle between opposing sides. Calling the idea “magic simplicity,” Kirkman mentioned he discovered “a variety of originality and a variety of room to discover inside that opposing power dynamic.” And whereas longtime followers know what to anticipate from Transformers and Joe on that entrance, he mentioned Void will likely be “a very completely different idea with a very completely different narrative constructed round that tough skeleton.”

Rise of the Beasts has already teased out Hasbro’s plans to convey Transformers and G.I. Joe collectively, so the comics’ Energon Universe offers one other concept of how the 2 franchises may hyperlink up on the silver display. And it has the additional benefit of missing any actual baggage whereas additionally leveraging the clout of two big-name properties to attract consideration to a model new comedian.

Transformers #1 will launch in October, whereas G.I. Joe: Duke comes out in December and Cobra Commander in January 2024. Void Rivals will proceed with its second challenge in July.


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