San Diego Comic-Con News:  IDW Publishing is bringing the Go-Bots to comics. Go-Bots is a five-issue miniseries written and drawn by visionary Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe and American Barbarian creator Tom Scioli (see “'G.I. Joe & Transformers' in Permanent Crossover”).  The first issue will be in stores in October.

Go-Bots is the first comics story to feature classic toy and cartoon characters such as Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo, and Cy-Kill’s Renegades.  In the series, the existence of the transforming robots has changed human existence, from chauffeuring people around to fighting human wars.  But as they become more integrated into human lives -- and despite assurance they’re only there to help -- some begin to wonder if the Go-Bots might actually replace humans.

The Go-Bots toy line from Tonka debuted in 1983, a year before Transformers.  Hanna-Barbera produced a cartoon series to promote the line, which was immensely popular.  Transformers eventually overtook the line, and the last new Go-Bots were released in 1987. Hasbro eventually acquired Tonka, and the Go-Bots line along with it.  IDW holds a licensing agreement with Hasbro for the publication of comics based on the company’s properties (see "IDW Renews With Hasbro").