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The Energon Universe: Transformers #1 From Image Comics In October

Transformers #1 in October is to be part of what Image Comics, Skybound and Robert Kirkman call The Energon Universe and will include GI Joe.

Bleeding Cool scooped the news on Friday that Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment had the Transformers and GI Joe licenses from Hasbro and that they would make their first appearance in Void Rivals #1, out next week from Image, already pitched as a shared universe storytelling comic by Robert Kirkman, Matheus Lopes and Lorenzo De Felici. This comes just as the new film Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' ending implies "there is more to come in the form of worldbuilding". And that this shared universe will contain Transformers and GI Joe. That we are to expect a big display at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con and I suggested that given the timing, I might expect a new Transformers #1 or GI Joe #1 comic book from Image Comics for September or October.

The Energon Universe
Transformers #1 From Image Comics' Energon Universe In October

And that is what we now have confirmation of. Transformers #1 in October and to be part of what Image Comics, Skybound and Robert Kirkman are calling The Energon Universe that will include GI Joe in months to come. With Skyfire on the cover. The GI Joe news is over here.

Bleeding Cool broke the news that IDW Publishing was to lose the Transformers and then the GI Joe comic book rights back in November 2021, and we soon learned that Robert Kirkman's publisher Skybound would acquire the rights, though it was never confirmed. Until now. I am told that Void Rivals #1 doesn't reveal the true nature of the comic until the end, but that the 1:100 variant cover of Void Rivals #1 features both Transformers and GI Joe. And from then on, everything about the series will change. Might it even inform movies to come, just like Dark Horse Comics' Aliens Vs Predator once did?

Skybound is the company owned by Robert Kirkman, partner at Image Comics and best known as the co-creator of The Walking Dead. He hasn't published many licensed titles, preferring creator-owned or reactor-participant new properties. Transformers is a big new thing for him.

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Matheus Lopes (A/CA) Lorenzo De Felici
SERIES PREMIERE The blockbuster OBLIVION SONG team of ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI debut the biggest new comic book series of 2023 with the launch of AN ALL-NEW SHARED UNIVERSE and a SURPRISE you won't see coming! War rages around the Sacred Ring, where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed around a black hole in a never-ending war. However, when pilot Darak and his rival Solila both crash on a desolate planet, these two enemies must find a way to escape together. But are they alone on this strange planet? And what dark forces await that threaten the entire universe?  In Shops: Jun 14, 2023 SRP: $3.99

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Matheus Lopes (A/CA) Lorenzo De Felici
ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI's new shared universe continues here! After the jaw-dropping reveal in the debut issue, everything Darak and Solila thought they knew about the Sacred Ring's never-ending war has changed. To deliver the truth back home, they must first get off this deadly planet-by any means necessary.In Shops: Jul 19, 2023 SRP: $3.99

(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Matheus Lopes (A/CA) Lorenzo De Felici
ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI's new shared universe debuts a monstrous new villain! Fighting for their lives to return to the Sacred Ring, Darak and Solila face a new threat-capture! And they're not the only prisoners on this ship…In Shops: Aug 16, 2023 SRP: $3.99

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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