IDW To Tell The Story Of The Autobots Extinction In ‘Transformers: Last Bot Standing’ Miniseries

by Olly MacNamee

With IDW soon to lose the Transformers licence, why not go for broke with a story depicting the extinction of the Autobots? Well, that’s the plan in IDW’s Transformers: Last Bot Standing, a four part mini-series by Nick Roche and E.J. Su.

“While the war for Cybertron may be long over, the war from Cybertron never ends! On the edge of the universe, at the end of time, hangs the planet Donnokt…a world on the precipice of an industrial revolution, taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. But when a visitor—a shape-shifting robot from a long-dead civilization—falls from the sky, nothing will ever be the same!”

Roche explains more behind this new project, and the last to be published by IDW:

“The last remaining Cybertronian, stalked by the sins of their entire race, must save the world one final time. In a way, Last Bot Standing is a proper farewell, as our creative team bows out of IDW’s Transformers universe in the most explosive and apocalyptic way imaginable. To have E.J. Su, the visual architect of IDW’s definitive Transformers run, be the one to depict ‘The End of All Things’ (with colors from the astounding Rebecca Nalty) is the most perfect and bittersweet piece of artistic casting I could think of.”

Su added:

“The Transformers franchise has come a long way since we laid our eyes on the first episode of the cartoon, and it’s amazing how many writers can put so many different spins on the core characters. Nick has masterfully crafted some of the most memorable Transformers comic stories, and this one will be no exception as the readers weave their way through the mystery and find out how our beloved characters came to this situation. We hope that they enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed making it.”

Think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, but with transforming robots. Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 will be available with two cover variants this May from IDW. One last hurrah for the robots in disguise before their new home at Image/Skybound.

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