IDW Is Merging G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Its Other Hasbro Comics Into One Giant Universe

Revolution art by Fico Ossio, colors by Diego Rodriguez
Revolution art by Fico Ossio, colors by Diego Rodriguez

You might have noticed over the last few months that IDW has been picking up more Hasbro franchises to turn into comic books, as ROM, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and more have joined the ranks of Transformers and G.I. Joe. But later this year, they’re all being mashed together into one universe. Just like the movies!


IDW will bring together G.I. Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, ROM, Action Man, and the newly launching M.A.S.K. comic series for a five-issue event series called Revolution in September, before soft-rebooting each series back to issue one. This won’t be a reboot in the vein of wiping the slate clean, but instead create a new world, where all these properties are aware of each other and able to interact. This matches what Hasbro plans for these same properties when they eventually come to the big screen. Synergy for everyone!


Still, it’s a pretty cool idea to see all these weird and wonderful characters rubbing shoulders with each other. Will the Transformers encounter Rom out in space? Will MASK because a subdivision of GI Joe? Will Action Man share an adventure in the world of the Micronauts? It remains to be seen. But while we’re a little apprehensive as to how Hasbro’s movie plans will pan out, we’ll take all the Rom crossovers we can get in the comics.

[Entertainment Weekly]

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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A shared universe?! This is a brilliant idea! Why has no one ever done such a thing before?

Seriously, though, are they leaving Jem out? Let’s not segregate our Hasbro properties now, IDW. They need comics for Inhumanoids and Visionaries now, too.

Man, I played on some weird MUSHes back in the day that had a lot of this kind of crossover. Thank you, Hector Ramirez, for connecting all those 80s Hasbro toons.