It goes without saying the first issue of Skbyound’s new Transformers series, from writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson and colorist Mike Spicer, which arrives in stores this Wednesday has quite a lot of buzz. So it won’t come as a surprise that the publisher has announced that not only has the first issue sold out at the distributor level days before its release at comic book shops, but a second printing is already on the way.

TRANSFORMERS #1 begins a brand-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 and the Autobots. 

The issue will return with five brand-new second printing variant covers:  

  • Covers A & B, drawn by Jason Howard, spotlight the iconic Optimus Prime and Starscream respectively.  
  • Covers C & D, drawn by Lewis LaRosa, respectively feature Johnson’s Autobot and Decepticon teams. 
  • A special spoiler Cover E, drawn by Greg Tocchini.  

Fans of this new The Energon Universe collaboration between Hasbro and Skybound that brings together the Transformers and the G.I. Joe franchises can look forward to more books to come. In December, a Duke limited series from writer Joshua Williamson and artists Tom Reilly and Jordie Bellaire arrives followed by the launch of Cobra Commander  in January 2024 also written by Williamson with art by Andrea Milana and Annalisa Leoni

Transformers #1 Second Printing  will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. 

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