The latest "Transformers" animated series debuted last month on Cartoon Network, "Transformers: Robots in Disguise." Longtime Transformers license-holder IDW Publishing isn't waiting long to capitalize on the show, with a "Robots in Disguise" #0 issue available on Free Comic Book Day (May 2), and a ongoing series set to debut in July. CBR has the exclusive first details on the ongoing, which will be written by Transformers newcomer Georgia Ball and illustrated by Priscilla Tramontano.
IDW makes the distinction that while the comic series is based on the "Robots in Disguise" TV show, it's not an adaptation of the same stories. "The stories tie into the continuity the show shares with 'Transformers Prime' and what happens in the cartoon will have consequences in the comic," Ball said in a statement to CBR. "But the comic will also feature new villains and explore different themes. There will be squabbles and there will be punching, but the first arc weaves in an element of mystery and betrayal. Bumblebee has to put the pieces together and he may not get them in the right order. I like resolving subplots in one or two issues within the context of a longer ongoing story, I'm not a fan of ending an issue without getting somewhere."
As previously announced, the "Robots in Disguise" Free Comic Book Day issue will be written by IDW Senior Editor and Transformers franchise veteran John Barber, with art by Tramontano.
"There's a big surprise in issue #0 that Transformers fans will appreciate," Ball said. "It became my jumping off point for the series, it's central to the plot later on and it takes advantage of the freedom we have to send the comic in directions that compliment and expand on 'Transformers: Robots in Disguise.'"
Ball has written multiple licensed comics in recent years, including "Littlest Pet Shop" and an issue of IDW's "My Little Pony Micro-Series." "Transformers: Robots in Disguise" #1 is slated for release in July.