IDW Publishing will power up its Transformers franchise this summer with two new five-issue miniseries, Transformers: King Grimlock and Transformers: Shattered Glass, and new story arcs in its existing Transformers and Transformers: Beast Wars series, all launching in August.

Transformers: King Grimlock, by writer Steve Orlando, artist Agustin Padilla, and colorist Jeremy Colwell, is a high fantay epic in which the Dinobot Grimlock and the human barbarian Arko battle magicians, dragons, and monsters, seeking to dominate through strength.  The first issue will have a Cover A by Cary Nord, Cover B by Agustin Padilla, and a Retailer Incentive Edition featuring art by Mateus Santolouco.

Transformers: Shattered Glass, by writer Danny Lore and artists Guido Guidi (issues #1, #3, and #5) and Dan Khanna (issues #2 and #4), and colored by John-Paul Bove, is set in a parallel universe where the usual order of things has been flipped:  The oppressive Autobots rule over the Decepticon laborers with an iron hands. In this world, Optimus Prime is evil, Megatron is noble, and the Autobot bodyscrapper Blurr is causing havoc on his quest for a piece of information that could reignite the war between the two factions.  The first issue will have a Cover A by Alex Milne, Cover B by Khanna, and a Retailer Incentive Edition by Sara Pitre-Durocher.

In the ongoing series, the “Sea of Rust” storyline will launch in Transformers #34, by writer Brian Ruckley and artist Anna Malkova, sending Megatron off on a hunt for Termagax, who is holding an important object that could give the Decepticons a firm advantage in the war.  This issue will have a Cover A by Winston Chan, Cover B by Susan Margevich, and a Retailer Incentive Cover by Andrew Griffith.

In Transformers: Beast Wars #7, by writer Erik Burnham and artist Winston Chan, a new story arc titled “Pod” finds the Maximals and Predacons recovering from battle when a mysterious new arrival, Blackarachnia, descends in a protoform pod, and the combatants are not sure what side he will take.  This issue features a Cover A by Fico Ossio, Cover B by Ed Pirrie, and a Retailer Incentive Cover by Gavin Guidry.

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