After IDW Publishing lost the license to release comic books based on Hasbro intellectual properties including Transformers and GI Joe, there was rampant speculation on where the Robots in Disguise and the Real American Heroes would land. The mystery appears to be solved with the announcement that Image Comics imprint Skybound would bring Cybertron and Joe Headquarters to life.
Bleeding Cool said in a report that, “the Transformers and GI Joe will be making their debut appearance together for Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment in Void Rivals #1, out next week. And this will begin a new Skybound comic book license with Hasbro for Transformers and GI Joe.”
‘Void Rivals’ is reported to feature a teaser for each of the upcoming projects based on the two properties. At the time of the writing of this article, the plots for the two comic books and the structure of the so-called ‘Energon Universe’ has not been elaborated on.
“Void Rivals is a new comic book by Robert Kirkman, Matheus Lopes and Lorenzo De Felici, from Image Comics and Skybound, being published next week. The true nature of which has been shrouded in mystery and was said to launch a new shared universe of storytelling. That shared universe, it seems, will contain Transformers and GI Joe. Expect a big display at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con and given the timing, I might expect a new Transformers #1 or GI Joe #1 comic books from Image Comics for September,” BC added.
Image Comics also released a look at the cover for issue one:
VOID RIVALS #1—war rages around the Sacred Ring where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed around a black hole in a never-ending war.#NewComicsDay is tomorrow!https://t.co/omeY4AVrwE pic.twitter.com/SAYa1iVaVS
— Image Comics (@ImageComics) June 13, 2023
The first issue is written by ‘The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman with artwork from Matheus Lopes and Lorenzo De Felici, who also did the cover art.
This news comes after it was announced that the animated feature film ‘Transformers One‘ starring Chris Hemsworth as Optimus Prime was delayed for unspecified reasons.
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