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Skybound Releases A First Look At Transformers #1

With the upcoming release of Transformers #1, the Energon Universe spearheaded by Robert Kirkman and others add the latest entrant for readers to dive into.


The Hasbro/Skybound Entertainment partnership that is giving us the Energon Universe is about to expand further. While we have had a glimpse of the combined universe in the pages of Void Rivals, the expansion truly comes to form with the release of Transformers #1 from Daniel Warren Johnson with colors from Mike Spicer on October 4, 2023.

Today, Skybound released some preview issues from the first issue along with images of the upcoming variant covers that you can find below along with their statement:


Transformers #1 begins an all-new era for the iconic Transformers franchise from Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Do a Powerbomb, DC’s Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) and colorist Mike Spicer (Stillwater, Murder Falcon). Optimus Prime was supposed to have led the Autobots to victory. Instead, the fate of Cybertron is unknown, and his allies have crash-landed far from home, alongside their enemies—the Decepticons. As these titanic forces renew their war on Earth, one thing is immediately clear: the planet will never be the same. New alliances are struck. Battle lines are redrawn. Humanity’s only hope for survival is Optimus Prime.


The recently announced rosters of Autobots and Decepticons headlining the first story arc of the all-new Transformers series include Autobots Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Cliffjumper, Arcee, and Wheeljack, and Decepticons Starscream, Rumble, Skywarp, Laserbeak, and Soundwave.




  • Transformers #1 Cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer
  • Transformers #1 Cover B by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer (Autobot)
  • Transformers #1 Cover C by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer (Decepticon)
  • Transformers #1 Cover D by Ryan Ottley
  • Transformers #1 Cover E (1:10 Copy Incentive – Connecting) by Orlando Arocena
  • Transformers #1 Cover F (1:25 Copy Incentive) by Cliff Chiang
  • Transformers #1 Cover G (1:50 Copy Incentive) by Francis Manapul
  • Transformers #1 Cover H (1:100 Copy Incentive) by Ian Bertram
  • Transformers #1 Cover I Blank Sketch Cover


The Energon Universe officially began in June 2023 with the surprise first appearance of iconic Transformers character Jetfire in Void Rivals #1, introducing the historic new collaboration between Hasbro and Skybound, with Transformers and G.I. Joe comics finding a new home with the publisher. The Energon Universe expands in December with Duke #1, a limited series from Joshua Williamson (DC’s Superman, Dark Ride), Tom Reilly (The Thing) and Jordie Bellaire (W0rldtr33). This will be followed by the launch of Cobra Commander #1 in January 2024, from Joshua Williamson, Andrea Milana (Impact Winter: Rook) and Annalisa Leoni (Oblivion Song).







Transformers #1 will be available on digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. You can also pre-order a physical copy from Things From Another Word and support The Comic Book Spot.

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