Starting in September, IDW Publishing is truly opening up its toy box. The San Diego-based publisher announced the "Revolution" event earlier this month, pairing its many licensed Hasbro action properties -- Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, ROM and Action Man -- into one shared universe, combining multiple long-running properties in comics for the first time.
CBR has the first full look at a video featuring multiple "Revolution" creators and editors, including John Barber, Brandon Easton, Aubrey Sitterson, Mairghread Scott, Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, David Hedgecock and Cullen Bunn discussing the impending Hasbro crossover, along with a look at art from the upcoming event.
"Revolution" starts in September with a biweekly, five-issue main series co-written by Bunn & Barber, with art by Fico Ossio. CBR has the exclusive first look at a "Revolution" #1 variant cover by the unmistakable Art Baltazar.
"These are all properties that I've loved for a long time, that are important to me," Bunn said in the video. "Now, we get to see them interact in ways we've never seen before."
Beyond the event, "Revolution" is intended to set up the status quo of IDW's Hasbro action books going forward, starting with tie-in titles including "ROM" written by Ryall & Gage and illustrated by David Messina, "G.I. Joe" written by Sitterson and illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis, "Transformers: Till All Are One" written by Scott and illustrated by Naoto Tsushima, "Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye" written by James Roberts and illustrated by Alex Milne, "Transformers" written by Barber and illustrated by Andrew Griffith, "Action Man" written by Barber and illustrated by Paolo Villanelli and "Micronauts" written by Bunn and illustrated by Chris Panda.
"It's really exciting that this is going to have lasting effects across multiple books," Scott said in the video. "They're going to at least acknowledge each other."
The first two issues of the main "Revolution" series are scheduled for release in September, along with "G.I. Joe," "Micronauts" and "ROM" tie-in one-shots.