San Diego-based IDW Publishing has been on the doorway strains of “Transformers” tie-in, one-shot, and spinoff comic books starring these sentient robots in disguise since they first acquired the licensing rights from Hasbro once more in 2005.
Since then, IDW has been the champion of better than 400 “Transformers”-centric factors representing the longest-running interval of “Transformers” continuity as a result of the toy line was launched once more in 1984.
Sadly, IDW will lose the publishing rights to every “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” on the conclusion of 2022 after a respectful legacy of stewardship of the favored tradition properties. But sooner than they go the torch they’re going out in extreme trend with the first of quite a lot of “Transformers” miniseries arriving all yr lengthy. To kick off the grand finale, “Transformers: War’s End” arrives this month as a dynamic companion to the author’s ongoing flagship “Transformers” sequence.
Written by Brian Ruckley, the inventive stress behind IDW’s month-to-month “Transformers” title, and illustrated by artist Jack Lawrence (“Transformers: Lost Light”), “Transformers: War’s End” is a four-issue restricted sequence that exposes a terrifying historic evil that hyperlinks earlier, present, and future.
“War’s End is about unfinished business: for both the characters and for Cybertron as a whole,” Ruckley acknowledged in an official IDW press release. “It’s the return of Cybertron’s traumatic past to upend its present … and answers the question: If your planet has at its core the collective Spark of your entire civilization, just how vulnerable might that make you? I love the fact that we will get to act this out with some of my favorite characters: Cyclonus, Team Stream, Pyra Magna, Geomotus, and Exarchon. They all get to take center stage, play for the highest of high stakes, and discover their fates and their futures.”
The storyline reveals that notorious warlord Exarchon, the villain who drove Cybertron proper right into a interval of darkness ages prior to now, is once more and teamed up collectively along with his outdated generals, Shockwave and Skywarp. Cyclonus, a noble gladiator nonetheless maimed by the trauma of that long-ago battle, searches for succesful allies inside the kind of the Decepticon’s legendary chief, Megatron, who has his private divisive agenda that’s already shattered Cybertron society into disparate allegiances.
“Up to now, my Transformers work has been post- or pre-war, so with “War’s End,” I’m excited to contribute to the Cybertronian war itself,” added Lawrence in the statement. “This story is, understandably, darker and grittier than what I’ve worked on before, so I’m looking forward to going shadowy and ominous with it. Plus, I get to draw characters I haven’t worked with in a big way – characters I’ve loved for more than 35 years. There aren’t really words for how incredibly exciting that is!”
“Transformers: War’s End #1” enters Earth orbit on Feb. 23 with variant covers from Angel Hernandez, inside artist Jack Lawrence, and a selected Retailer Incentive model by E.J. Su.