With today marking the release of Unicron issue 6 – the penultimate part of the IDW Transformers continuity – and nary a word on the mooted reboot, you might legitimately be asking what IDW will be doing to fill the impending gap for giant robots in their comic lineup. The answer is apparently Go-Bots. Penned by Tom Scioli of Transformers VS G.I. Joe fame, this series presents a revival and alternate take on the age-old rivals to the Transformers toys. Gone is the Saturday morning derring-do heroism of Leader-1 and his human friends – in its place we have a mission which could start World War III and a Leader-1 who would like permission to use lethal force. The old arm blasters are present here though – or at least they’re interpreted as machine guns in Leader-1’s knuckles.
It’s a new and different take on the series that was an 80s rival to Transformers, and one that has seen countless riffs and references in Transformers media over the years – lest we forget the times Megatron murdered Cy-Kill or the time Leader-1 was Megatron’s Mini-Con. Here though is a new version of the original Go-Bots – check out the preview on iTunes and see for yourself.