New 11-cover peek at IDW's summer Hasbro crossover event, First Strike

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May 22, 2017, 5:27 PM EDT

IDW has become the new king of crossovers with titles like last year's Revolution and the current Revolutionaries run, indoctrinating readers into its colorful mashup realm of Hasbro properties, including: Transformers, M.A.S.K., GI Joe, Micronauts, ROM and Action Man.

Written by Cullen Bunn (Monsters Unleashed) and John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), these fun titles are jam-packed with humor, action, pathos and some spectacular art by Fico Ossio. They were a permanent part of my pull list this past year and well worth the read.


The latest literary intermingling of Hasbro properties is coming this summer from writers Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez, with art by Max Dunbar. Titled First Strike, this will be a splashy, bi-weekly series from IDW beginning in August that tosses Transformers, GI Joe and M.A.S.K.into a cosmic rumble against Baron Ironblood, the villainous foe from Action Force, 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!

And First Strike #2:

The crossover of the year continues! Scarlett learns the truth behind Baron Ironblood’s plan to destroy all life on Cybertron, but with her team stranded on Earth, she must turn to an unlikely ally to help her reach the besieged planet. Enter: Soundwave!

“In ‘Revolution,’ we united our Hasbro comic book titles into one shared universe,” said IDW Editor-in-Chief David Hedgehog. “In ‘First Strike,’ we see what it’s like to live in the shadows of a massively powerful, ancient, alien race that has been warring with itself for millions of years and, in doing so, has brought death and destruction to every planet it has touched.”

Check out our 11-cover preview in the gallery below, then tell us if this upcoming mega-crossover event has you powered up and primed.