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, MASK and Micronauts have joined the ranks of Transformers and GI Joe. But later this year, they're all being mashed together into one universe. Just like the movies! Revolution art by Fico Ossio, colours by Diego Rodriguez
IDW will bring together GI Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, ROM, Action Man and the newly launching MASK 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.