SDCC 2012 – IDW announces two new Transformers comic book series

During SDCC, IDW publishing and Hasbro announced two new Transformers comic series; that would link the Fall of Cybertron videogame to the current TV series Transformers: Prime. The digital series Transformers: Fall of Cybertron tells the origin of the Dinobots as a prequel to the game. Transformers Prime – Rage of the Dinobots takes place during the time of Transformers Prime and tells the story of the Dinobots confronting Shockwave on Cyberton.  For full details on these series, check out the press release after the jump.

San Diego, CA (July 13, 2012) – IDW Publishing and Hasbro are thrilled to announce the launch of two new comic book series: TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON and TRANSFORMERS PRIME – RAGE OF THE DINOBOTS. Together, these link the planet-shattering events of the Fall of Cyberton videogame (awarded E3’s Best of Show by Game Informer) with the ongoing story of the Emmy© award winning TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series produced by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on The Hub TV network!

“This will be the first time comics readers will see the DINOBOTS in the PRIME world,” said IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “It’s great to be a part of building on the PRIME universe in a meaningful way. This story will have repercussions throughout different media—and, more importantly, will be exciting comics!”

Starting in August, IDW will bring a new digital comic with TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON, a prequel to the much-anticipated videogame written by Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) with art by Dheeraj Verma (Escape of the Living Dead). FALL OF CYBERTON tells the origin of the DINOBOTS—as they battle their way through SHOCKWAVE’s forces in a prelude to the game. The series will run for six digital-only installments on a bi-weekly schedule, and will be available on ComiXology and other digital platforms.

In November, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – RAGE OF THE DINOBOTS launches, linking the events of the game and TRANSFORMERS PRIME television series together. With OPTIMUS PRIME and the Ark long gone, the DINOBOTS are forced to confront SHOCKWAVE again—this time with the fate of CYBERTON at stake. This mini-series will be written by Mike Johnson (Star Trek) and Mairghread Scott, the writer of the TRANSFORMERS: PRIME animated series. Artist Agustin Padilla (Dungeons & Dragons) will take on the interiors while illustrator Ken Christiansen will provide compelling covers.

TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON ($0.99, 8 pages; full color) will be available in August in IDW’s Apple iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®, apps – Transformers Comics and IDW Comics, and on the Web at read.idwpublishing.com. The series will also be featured in the Comics by comiXology platform for iOS, Android, Web and Kindle Fire, and Comics + by iVerse.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME – RAGE OF THE DINOBOTS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in November 2012.

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