2024 brings Transformers issue #4 to the Energon Universe publication schedule, via PREVIEWSworld.
When the Decepticons attack the Autobots at their weakest moment, an unlikely new hero joins the battle! With human and Transformer robots lives at stake, can Optimus Prime unlock the true power behind the Matrix of Leadership to save them both?
Discuss the revealed cover artwork, creator credits and synopsis details – plus more insights from Skybound’s recent New York Comic Con panel – on the 2005 boards!
Creator credits: (W, A) Daniel Warren Johnson, (CA) Mike Spicer, (CA) Jonboy Meyers, (CA) Orlando Arocena, (CA) Sanford Greene, (CA) Andrea Milana, (C) Annalisa Leoni
On how dependent the Energon Universe titles are on each other…
Mackiewicz: Hopefully our line is clear enough for the four main series right now that we’re not overloading you. If you want to pick up everything, it’s affordable. And if you don’t, you’re still going to get a full storytelling experience if you just follow the Void Rivals or Transformers.
On the level of violence…
Williamson: You read issue 1 of Transformers, and it’s a little bloody. It’s a little violent. So as I’m working on these books, I’m like, “Oh, I see how it is. How much more blood can I put into these books?” [Laughs.]
On reimagining/redesigning the Transformers in Void Rivals…
De Felici: Out of all of us, I’m the one that’s less fueled by childhood nostalgia. I’m fueled by my curiosity for distorting these worlds. Because I’m from Italy. Transformers there were big, but not as big as here. For me, it’s a very exciting every time whenever Robert sends me over a script and there is some name that I’m not very familiar with. Going around and looking for references, it’s always like a discovery. Because I know Transformers, but I’m not that familiar with the surrounding world of them. With some of the designs, I want to be as respectful as I can. But at the same time, I like to give it a little spin or a new vibe or something.
The fun that Robert is having in the writing, I can feel it in the pages. So it really helps me, going around Google, looking for references and stuff. I also like that, as Robert said, this is our slice in the Energon universe. Our own little thing. We meet the Transformers, and I don’t know who else we’re going to meet. But I like that we’re carving our own little thing.