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IDW Revolution: Are You Ready For The Hasbro Comic Universe? (Updated)

Written by sdsichero on Wednesday, June 01 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

IDW Revolution: Are You Ready For The Hasbro Comic Universe? (Updated)

Rebirth or Relaunch? U decide!

Source: Transformers, G.I. Joe, and other Hasbro characters come together for IDW's Revolution

Back in April, IDW put out a teaser for Revolution which it said would begin May 2:



As teased, news of an IDW M.A.S.K. comic was released, but there wasn't much of a revolutionary air about it. Well now we're getting a better picture of just what this Revolution involves and it includes much of the Hasbro brands that IDW publishes. By now genre fans have heard of the proposedHasbro Cinematic Universe, in which different Hasbro properties will interact on the big screen. Now, IDW is poised to do something similar with their comics come September.

Yes, IDW has crossed over Hasbro properties before, in the Transformers Vs. G.I. Joeseries, but this is a bit bigger. Revolution will be a five-issue biweekly event series that will involve G.I. Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, Rom, Action Man, and yes, M.A.S.K. by writers Cullen Bunn and John Barber with art by Fico Ossio. It doesn't end there though, after the miniseries (plus special tie-ins from participating series), each of the titles will restart with new #1 issues and the status of all being a part of the same comic universe. If you are a fan of the current series though IDW EIC Chris Ryall says not to worry:

"We didn’t want this to be what fans have seen from so many others, which is a reboot or a relaunch where you’re asked to forget about all these characters and stories you’ve been following for years" … "It’s just now everybody will be acknowledging each other in a much greater way than ever before."


Ryall said the event concept will start showing in the Rom comic title before the event starts.

"When I was bringing back ROM, the co-writer Christos Gage and I were talking about a nice way to make something big and impactful happen in that issue. So at the end of the issue there's a big reveal that shows ROM might be a part of a larger universe than fans expected at the start. We were going to stealthily seed things along the way, so that fans would think these guys might exist in ROM's world and then, in talking about it internally, it just made sense, now that we're launching Micronauts and ROM, and we've already got G.I. Joe and Transformers, and were looking to do M.A.S.K. All these things should exist together. That's what fans want to see."


In fact, some part of this event originated in the 2005 Transformers title that IDW published:

"There's actually story elements that date back to the very first Transformers comic we did in 2005 that serve as the catalyst for why everything we've done exists in the same universe, and why people can be comfortable with everything they've followed. It's just now everybody will be acknowledging each other in a much greater way than ever before.To some degree there's a revision of history. It would be presumptuous to say that in our very first issue of Transformers we seeded the way for this event that will eventually include ROM and Micronauts. But now when we look back, we see that yeah, the story does make sense, and there's reason for it to exist the way that it does."


The miniseries will tie together the different titles via something called Ore 13 and its effects on technology:

"It centers around something called Ore 13, which is an unstable version of Energon, the material that gives the Transformers their power and life. There’s a version of that on earth, that has an adverse effect on tech, which adversely affects ROM, and changes the status of him and his villains, the Dire Wraiths. It affects the Micronauts universe in a way they didn’t expect, and then it also gives birth to M.A.S.K., which is a big new title we’re launching out of this."


After the event, though they all exist in the same universe, each title will not always feature characters from the other titles:

"… all the series will be relaunched with new number ones and this new status quo. The plan is to have the characters go back to occupying their own spaces. I don’t want G.I. Joe or Transformers fans to feel like they have to buy every issue of everything we publish now just to get the whole story. If they do, certainly that’s a nice outcome, but I still want them to read a Transformers book and have it feel like a Transformers book. It’s just, now within that universe, ROM is somewhere in the background and may be drawn back in at some point."


The press release for the event notes that the Revolution will also feature variant covers by Brandon Peterson, Tradd Moore, John Byrne, James Biggie, Adam Riches, Guido Guidi, Ken Christensen, Art Baltazar, and more. G.I.Joe, Micronauts, and Rom will have one-shot ties-ins to the event. The following are also listed as tying in to Revolution:

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

And many more!


Hey IDW, Ace Outhouse reporter Zechs is demanding you include his favorite Hasbro title My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic be included in Revolution!

idwrevolutiontionimage-FicoOssio-DiegoRodriguez.jpgRevolution promptional art illustrated by Fico Ossio with colors by Diego Rodriguez


 UPDATE: Now with video:





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