In the coming years, we're going to get a Hasbro Cinematic Universe led by G.I. Joe, which has already previously gotten two standalone movies. At this time, it does not sound like Transformers will crossover into this realm, but that's always possible. Instead, Joe and his crew will be teaming up with other such Hasbro properties as Rom: Space Knight, The Micronauts, and M.A.S.K. All properties that younger audiences probably aren't too familiar with yet. To help quell this, and establish a foothold amongst young ticket buyers, IDW is first introducing some of these characters in the pages of all-new comic book series. ROM and Micronauts comics have previously been announced. Now comes word that M.A.S.K. will bring back all its action and excitement in a new release coming this fall.
Here's the official PR: Joining other recent Hasbro additions to the IDW Publishing slate, ROM and Micronauts, M.A.S.K. will become the latest property to receive its own comic series. The fans have spoken and so by popular demand, M.A.S.K. will hit comic book stores later this year from the creative team of writer Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, Transformers: Deviations) and artist Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin, TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board Game). Said IDW Managing Editor David Hedgecock.
"We are so proud to be able to continue growing the impressive relationship between IDW Publishing and Hasbro with this new M.A.S.K. comic series. We can't wait to bring the high-octane, unique, brand of storytelling to this book that we know fans of M.A.S.K. will expect!"
While being mindful and respectful of the source material, the main drive behind bringing this beloved property into the new century is to preserve the old school qualities fans loved growing up, while also consciously infusing it with slightly more modern sensibilities. This is where sophisticated stories meet cutting edge designs while not afraid to look in the rearview mirror and pay tribute to its origins. It is the editorial and creative team's intention to focus attention on the multi-cultural heritage of the show, presenting a contemporary M.A.S.K. to fans in a unique, yet familiar, way. Said Michael Kelly, Head of Global Publishing at Hasbro.
"We've had tremendous success with IDW over the years in re-launching classic brands for a contemporary audience, while still paying appropriate homage to their origins. We are thrilled to welcome a new team to this library of heroes, as M.A.S.K. joins the ranks of Jem & The Holograms, Micronauts, and The Transformers."
M.A.S.K. launches this November as an ongoing series featuring cover art by the multi-talented Tommy Lee Edwards. To hold you over until then, this new era of Hasbro titles has already begun with Micronauts #1 on sale now and ROM #0 kicking off on Free Comic Book Day on May 7. IDW Publishing's comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney's classic characters. At IDW's core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including㺞 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson. IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books. IDW Games' diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.
At this time, M.A.S.K. does not have a release date. The next big Hasbro movie heading our way will be Transformers 5, which arrives June 23, 2017. It will be followed by G.I. Joe 3 in 2018. The rest of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe slate has yet to be full revealed. In the mean time, we'll have to enjoy all these great properties via the comic book page. Here's the first cover for M.A.S.K. #1.