Comic Books: Skybound, Image & Hasbro Announce Energon Universe Special 2024 #1



TRANSFORMERS, Void Rivals and G.I. JOE Spotlighted on New Variant Covers  


Praise for the Energon Universe: 

“It speaks to the tremendous artistry and ambition behind Skybound's Energon Universe that I now treat each new release as can't-miss comics” - Chase Magnett,


“The Energon Universe is the biggest story of what worked in comic shops in 2023.” - SKTCHD 


LOS ANGELES 02/13/2024 — Skybound and Image Comics, in collaboration with leading toy and game company Hasbro, announced today that they will publish Energon Universe Special 2024 #1, featuring the same story content as the Free Comic Book Day 2024 special with all-new can’t miss covers for collectors. This issue will be available from Skybound, Image and Hasbro the week following FCBD on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.   


Skybound also debuted a first look at all-new pages from the FCBD special, which promises shocking turns from the juggernaut Energon Universe series and can’t miss first appearances from the worlds of Void Rivals, TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE. This comic serves as a perfect jumping on point for new readers and a can’t miss for long time fans.  


Discover three all new stories from the Energon Universe, with stunning revelations for the worlds of TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE AND Void Rivals from the biggest names in comics. Energon Universe talent Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Do a Powerbomb, DC’s Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) and Joshua Williamson (DC’s Superman, Dark Ride) pen the stories, and Lorenzo De Felici (Kroma), Ryan Ottley (Invincible) and Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur) will provide art.  


In addition to the main cover by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer, Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 will feature a slate of variant covers by friends of Skybound and top comics talent Lorenzo De Felici, Tom Reilly (Duke), Stephen Green (Impact Winter), and Khary Randolph (Excellence).  


The Energon Universe officially began last summer with the surprise first appearance of iconic TRANSFORMERS character Jetfire in Void Rivals #1 from Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead), Lorenzo De Felici (Kroma), and Mateus Lopes (Step by Bloody Step), introducing the historic new collaboration between Hasbro and Skybound, with TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics finding a new home with the publisher. Then TRANSFORMERS from writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Do a Powerbomb, DC’s Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) and colorist Mike Spicer (Stillwater, Murder Falcon) kicked off a brand-new era for the iconic franchise. The Energon Universe recently expanded further with the launch of Duke, a limited series from Joshua Williamson (DC’s Superman, Dark Ride), Tom Reilly (The Thing) and Jordie Bellaire (W0rldtr33) and Cobra Commander from Joshua Williamson, Andrea Milana (Impact Winter: Rook) and Annalisa Leoni (Oblivion Song). Fans should expect can’t-miss moments from every issue of the Energon Universe, as secrets are unveiled along the path to answering the BIG questions. 


Energon Universe Special #1 (Lunar Codes listed below | $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.  


The full list of covers available include: 

  • Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer (Lunar Code Coming Soon)  
  • Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover B by Lorenzo De Felici (Lunar Code Coming Soon) 
  • Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover C (1:10 Incentive) by Tom Reilly (Lunar Code Coming Soon) 
  • Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover D (1:25 Incentive) by Stephen Green (Lunar Code Coming Soon) 
  • Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover E (1:50 Incentive) by Khary Randolph (Lunar Code Coming Soon) 

Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer



Energon Universe Special 2024 #1 Cover B by Lorenzo De Felici





The TRANSFORMERS brand is a global powerhouse franchise with millions of fans around the world. Since 1984, the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons has come to life in movies, TV shows, comic books, innovative toys, and digital media, bringing incredible "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE" experiences to fans of all ages. The brand's enduring connection is made possible by its rich storytelling and characters: the heroic Autobots who seek to protect all life, and the evil Decepticons who seek to conquer the universe. The TRANSFORMERS brand is a Hasbro franchise. 



Hasbro is a toy and game company whose mission is to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers engaging brand experiences for global audiences through toys, consumer products, gaming and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG, as well as premier partner brands. 


Hasbro is guided by our Purpose to create joy and community for all people around the world, one game, one toy, one story at a time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the U.S. by the Civic 50. For more information, visit



Established in 2010, Skybound is a multiplatform content company that works closely with creators and their intellectual properties to create cool stuff and deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to fans. Skybound extends their stories across platforms including comics, television, film, video games, tabletop, books, digital content, audio programming, and beyond. The company is home to critically-acclaimed global franchises including The Walking Dead, Invincible,Superfight, and hit new podcast series Impact Winter. 


Led by Skybound Entertainment co-founder Robert Kirkman, Skybound Comics is an award-winning line of comics published by Image Comics and promotes a shared vision to collaborate with top and emerging talent across the comics industry. The Skybound line includes acclaimed series such as The Walking DeadInvincible, Ultramega, Stillwater, Fire Power, and Excellence, while also delivering powerful licensed comics, including a partnership with LEGO BooksIt is also home to Skybound Comet, a new line of Young Adult and Middle Grade original graphic novels published by Image Comics, launching in June 2022 with Clementine Book One, by award-winning writer/artist Tillie Walden and set in the world of The Walking Dead. Skybound has seen numerous comics series adapted for the screen, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur andOutcast, with more projects in development  


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