Go-Bots Tom Scioli

Go-Bots will return in a new five-issue comic book series from Tom Scioli and IDW

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Jul 20, 2018, 7:06 PM EDT

The Go-Bots are a distinctly 1980s franchise, in part because they often seem to have been left behind in that decade while counterparts like the Transformers moved on to bigger things. It's been more than 30 years since we last got a real Go-Bots story, but that's about to change thanks to IDW Publishing and the strange and wonderful imagination of Tom Scioli.

The publisher announced Friday at San Diego Comic-Con that it will publish Go-Bots, a five-issue series from Scioli (who recently produced the absolutely bonkers Transformers vs. G.I. Joe for the publisher) that will examine what life on Earth is like when the titular transforming characters have really settled in on our planet and changed our way of life.

In Scioli's vision of the Go-Bots universe, the title creatures have become integral to human society, acting as chauffeurs, guardians, friends, and laborers, but what if they're about to become more? As the IDW press release for the announcement puts it:  "For a generation, Leader-1 and the Guardians have said that they were here to help us... but as they become more integrated into our society, the question must be asked: Are they here to replace us?"

“This is a dream project – I’m writing, drawing, coloring, and hand-lettering this book. It’s a labor of love,” Scioli said “When these characters were conceived of in the ’80s, the idea of robots with human personalities was science fiction. Now, it’s history. The world of living machines is here – we’re living it. The time is right for Go-Bots!”

We don't know much about the series' plot yet, other than the conceptual themes laid out in the announcement, but if you've read Transformers vs. G.I. Joe or any of Scioli's other work, you know to expect something extraordinary. This won't just be another licensed comic. This will be Go-Bots like we've never seen them before.

Check out some Leader-1 promo art for the series by Scioli below:

Go-Bots Tom Scioli

Go-Bots launches this October.

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