IDW is taking the fight to the Transformers homeworld in this summer’s crossover comic event.

Writers Mairghread Scott (Transformers) and David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), artist Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons), and colorist Ander Zarate (Micronauts) are behind the six-issue, biweekly series, which kicks off in August with the release of the first two issues.

First Strike #0 is now available as a giveaway at comic shops and as a download from IDW.

First Strike launches as IDW wraps up the Revolutions event (see “IDW Fomenting 'Revolution'”). It brings together Hasbro’s G.I. Joe, Rom, the Micronauts, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Action Man, and the Transformers on an Earth that has become a member of the Council of Worlds due to Optimus Prime’s leadership. But some aren’t happy having alien forces in control…

For completists, the crossover event also includes the following one-shots, which explore corners of the First Strike universe:

  • Micronauts: First Strike, by Christos Gage and Chris Panda (September)
  • G.I. Joe: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis (September)
  • Optimus Prime: First Strike by John Barber and Guido Guidi (September)
  • M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand: First Strike, by Aubrey Sitterson and Ilias Kyriazis (October)
  • Rom: First Strike, by by Christos Gage and Chris Panda (October)
  • Transformers: First Strikeby John Barber and Guido Guidi (October)

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