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IDW's First Strike writers on their brash new summer crossover

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Aug 1, 2017, 4:20 PM EDT

IDW has assembled its Hasbro troops for a third incursion into the mashup market with First Strike, a new crossover event series drawing from the ranks of Micronauts, ROM, G.I. JOE, Action Man, Transformers, and M.A.S.K., and we've got an exclusive preview from SDCC.

The San Diego-based publisher first struck mashup gold last year with the Revolution mini-series, then followed it up with Revolutionaries in early 2017. First Strike #1 launches on August 9 and continues to solidify these Hasbro properties into a unified force in the comics arena while laying an impressive foundation for a planned cinematic universe in the future. If you dig '80s Hasbro toys, this is a nostalgic treasure chest of pure awesome!

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Written by Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez, with art by Max Dunbar, the bold, bi-weekly series from IDW tosses Transformers, G.I. Joe, and M.A.S.K.into a cosmic rumble against Baron Ironblood, the charismatic villain from Action Man, the British counter-terrorism squad equivalent of G.I. Joe.

Here's the solicitation synopsis for the First Strike #1:

A Hasbro comic book event! A new era of peace is dawning as Earth formally joins the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. That is… until Baron Ironblood joins Destro, Storm Shadow and other nefarious villains in a terrorist attack on Iacon! As chaos takes hold on Cybertron, it will be left to Scarlett and the rest of G.I. Joe on Earth to discover the true purpose behind the attack before both worlds descend into all-out-war!

We chatted with both writers, Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez, at San Diego Comic-Con about the narrative dynamics of First Strike and learned about upping the interaction stakes, unexpected team-ups, and exactly what the writers' favorite Hasbro toys were growing up. And if you're looking for an even deeper-cut interview with Scott and Rodriguez, check out our chat earlier in the summer.

Watch and let us know if this new IDW crossover is centered on your radar.