IDW Publishing has announced that Tom Scioli, the visionary creator responsible for Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, is unleashing his imagination on the wonderful world of Go-Bots. The comic book series will be Launching in October. Go-Bots will be the first story to feature the classic toy and cartoon characters like Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo, and Cy-Kill's Renegades in over three decades. Go-Bots were never seen as cool as Transformers, though they were here a whole year before the big guys came on the scene.
In the new five-issue series, the existence of Go-Bots on Earth has changed humans' way of life. They chauffeur us around. They protect us from harm. They do the jobs that are too boring or dangerous for us. They fight our wars for us. They are friends for the lonely. The only thing they don't do is dream for us... but that could change any day now. For a generation, Leader-1 and the Guardians have said that they were here to help us... but as they become more integrated into our society, the question must be asked: Are they here to replace us?
The new Go-Bots comic series sounds like it's going to dip into some Terminator Skynet stories with robots threatening to take over. Tom Scioli calls the new series a "dream project." Scioli is clearly taking the Go-Bots in a direction that they have never been before, integrating them into the present tense. Technology has evolved a lot over the years and it's time to get a new telling of everybody's second-favorite transforming robot franchise. Scioli explains.
"This is a dream project - I'm writing, drawing, coloring, and hand-lettering this book. It's a labor of love. When these characters were conceived of in the '80s, the idea of robots with human personalities was science fiction. Now, it's history. The world of living machines is here - we're living it. The time is right for Go-Bots!"
IDW Associate Publisher David Hedgecock is just as excited as Tom Scioli to get the new Go-Bots project off of the ground. Hedgecock is also proud to be working with Scioli, who he says has been pushing the comic book genre forward for almost 20 years. Hedgecock also reveals that the new comic book series is an official partnership with Hasbro. He had this to say.
"Avant-garde creator Tom Scioli has been pushing the comic book storytelling medium for nearly two decades now and his work on Go-Bots is yet another watershed moment in his career. It is a testament to the strong collaboration between IDW Publishing and Hasbro, that projects like this can exist on licensed properties."
Tom Scioli is a writer and artist who works primarily in the comic book/graphic novel art form. His solo works include American Barbarian, Satan's Soldier, Mystery Object, and Myth of 8-Opus. He is also the co-author of the comic and graphic novel series Godland with Joe Casey, and the co-writer/artist of IDW's Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. As previously mentioned, the first of the Go-Bot series will be released in October. You can head over to IDW Publishing for more information.