Revolution (IDW Publishing)
Official teaser drawn by Fico Ossio and Diego Rodriguez
|Publication date||May 2 – December 8, 2016|
|No. of issues||5, plus a 0 issue|
|Main character(s)||Hasbro Comic Book Universe|
John Barber |
|January 19, 2017||ISBN 163140816X|
|February 9, 2017||ISBN 1631408410|
|February 16, 2017||ISBN 1631408429|
|May 2017||ISBN 978-1-63140-937-0|
Several months after Optimus Prime's controversial annexation of Earth into the Cybertronian Council of Worlds, the political situation remains volatile as humanity struggles to come to terms with the actions of the Transformers, viewing them with distrust. The tensions heighten after Earth's deposits of Ore-13 start to rapidly destabilize, threatening the planet with nuclear annihilation.
Believing the Autobots to be responsible, the President of the United States makes the decision to reactivate America's highly trained special mission force G.I. Joe to counterattack. Unbeknownst to the government, G.I. Joe's ranks have been infiltrated by an entirely different race of alien shapeshifters: the evil wizards known as Dire Wraiths – also drawn to Earth's supplies of Ore-13 – in a conspiracy that spreads all the way up to Joe Colton himself. The Wraith masquerading as Colton contacts his old Adventure Team friend Miles Manheim, hoping to reverse-engineer captured Cybertronian assets into a mechanical strike force in order to fight back. Manheim, however, has cut a deal with the extradimensional conqueror known as Baron Karza - in exchange for Earth's deposits of Ore-13 to save Karza's dimension from a destructive entropy storm, Manheim will receive dominion over Earth.
When the Autobot base Metrotitan abruptly goes silent, Optimus Prime calls Windblade to Earth in the hopes of using her cityspeaking skills to diagnose the problem. Before long, however, Prime and his allies are dispatched to Portland when Joe Colton takes the fight to Transformers. The battle is interrupted by Rom the Space Knight, who annihilates the Wraiths within the ranks of the Joes and forces the Autobots to pursue the alien. Meanwhile, Kup and Aileron discover the true problem with Ore-13, but are ambushed by M.A.S.K., with Miles Mayhem taking Kup prisoner.
Optimus and Rom reach an understanding and the Space Knight accompanies them back to Metrotitan, just as Windblade returns from a mental voyage into Microspace, where she encountered its progenitor Micronus Prime. Her desire to save this dying dimension runs up against Optimus Prime's orders to protect Earth first, but Rom's recklessness prompts Prime to realize that both Earth and Microspace must be saved; meanwhile, in Microspace, the adventurous Micronauts head into the fray as part of a deal with Baron Karza.
Meanwhile, the restless Decepticon Thundercracker finds himself protecting the President and her entourage from a team of Dire Wraiths. The extraterrestrial activity on Earth prompts the attention of the UK-based Action Man Programme, prompting them to deploy their top agent, Ian Noble, to retrieve Kup from beneath Governor's Island. Ian and Kup form a friendship as they return to Monument Valley, now under siege by the combined forces of M.A.S.K. and the Dire Wraiths.
As the battle intensifies, Baron Karza finally reveals himself as the perpetrator behind it all. Being enhanced by the Ore-13, Karza fuses with Wraith magic and M.A.S.K. technology to transform himself into a colossal monster. The arrival of G.I. Joe turns the advantage towards the Autobots and their allies; with the help of the Micronauts and repentant M.A.S.K. pilot Matt Trakker, they succeed in forcing Karza back into his dimension, ending the threat to Earth.
The aftermath of Revolution marks the beginning of the Hasbro Reconstruction initiative, converging the stories featured in the Transformers and G.I. Joe comic books, with the addition of new comic books based on Micronauts, Rom, Action Man, and M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand within the Hasbro Comic Book Universe.
|Revolution #0-5||John Barber and Cullen Bunn||Fico Ossio|
|Action Man #1-4||John Barber||Paolo Villanelli|
|Micronauts #5||Cullen Bunn||David Baldeon|
|Rom #2-4||Chris Ryall and Christos N. Gage||David Messina and Paolo Villainelli|
|Transformers #56||John Barber||Andrew Griffith|
|Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #56-57||James Roberts||Nick Roche|
|Transformers: Till All are One #1-4||Mairghread Scott||Sara Pitre-Durocher|
|Rom: Revolution #1||Chris Ryall||Ron Joseph and Ashley Wood||September 21, 2016|
|M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand: Revolution #1||Brandon M. Easton||Anthony Vargas||September 28, 2016|
|Micronauts: Revolution #1||Cullen Bunn||Chris Panda||September 28, 2016|
|Transformers: Revolution #1||John Barber||Andrew Griffith||October 26, 2016|
|Action Man: Revolution #1||John Barber||Drew Johnson||October 26, 2016|
|Transformers: Till All are One: Revolution #1||Mairghread Scott||Naoto Tsushima||November 2, 2016|
|G.I. Joe: Revolution #1||Aubrey Sitterson||Aaron Conley and Giannis Milonogiannis||November 16, 2016|
|Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Revolution #1||James Roberts||Alex Milne||December 7, 2016|
|Title||Material collected||Release date||ISBN|
||January 19, 2017||163140816X |
||February 9, 2017||1631408410 |
||February 16, 2017||1631408429 |
|Revolution Deluxe HC||
In 2017, IDW released a miniseries titled Aw Yeah Revolution!, written and drawn by Art Baltazar, which represents an humorous version of the events of Revolution. The series was cancelled after three issues.
On July 10, 2017, Hasbro announced to release a toy set titled Revolution Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set as an anticipation to IDW's First Strike, and features sixteen figures from Transformers, G.I. Joe, Rom, Micronauts, Action Man, M.A.S.K. and Visionaries.
- "IDW Catalogue – Winter 2016". IDW Publishing. December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Transformers, GI Joe, And Mask Collide In First Strike, New Hasbro Super-Mega-Crossover Event From IDW". Bleeding Cool. April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- "Official Details: REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Mega-Set SDCC Transformers Exclusive". TFormers.com. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.