Comic Books: Skybound and Hasbro Rush New Printings of "Transformers" and "Void Rivals"



New Covers Spotlight Fan Favorite Characters from the Energon Universe Series 


LOS ANGELES 12/13/2023 — Skybound, in collaboration with leading toy and game company Hasbro, announced today that hit Energon Universe series Void Rivals and TRANSFORMERS will receive subsequent printings, featuring covers that spotlight favorite characters and their first appearances in the series.  


Void Rivals #1 will return for a sixth printing, Void Rivals #6 will return for a second printing, and TRANSFORMERS #1-3 will all return with subsequent printings, available in comic book shops on January 24, 2024.  


"We've been thrilled to see so many new readers continuing to discover the Energon Universe. It's why we're continuing to keep ALL issues in print as retailers have demanded,” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP, Publisher, Skybound Entertainment. “It’s important to us that our print runs meet the needs of retailers and that we avoid allocations, so we'll continue to print to meet those orders with a slight overprint so that no one is either shorted copies or stuck with unsold inventory. We thank retailers and fans worldwide for making Void Rivals and TRANSFORMERS such historic launches." 


The acclaimed series TRANSFORMERS from writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Do a Powerbomb, DC’s Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) and colorist Mike Spicer (Stillwater, Murder Falcon) and Void Rivals from the iconic Oblivion Song team of Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) and Lorenzo De Felici (Kroma), continues to sell out at the distributor level, with fan demand prompting subsequent printings for every issue published since each series launched. 


The Energon Universe officially began in June 2023 with the surprise first appearance of iconic TRANSFORMERS character Jetfire in Void Rivals #1, introducing the historic new collaboration between Hasbro and Skybound, with TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics finding a new home with the publisher. The Energon Universe recently expanded with TRANSFORMERS, kicking off a brand-new era for the iconic franchise. 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.  


These Void Rivals and TRANSFORMERS Subsequent Printing Variant Covers (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, January 24, 2024.  


The full list of covers available include: 

  • Void Rivals #1 Sixth Printing Variant Cover (ft. Solila & Darak) by Dylan Burnett (1023IM995)  
  • Void Rivals #6 Second Printing Variant Cover (ft. Premier Zalilak) by Jason Howard (1023IM976) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #1 Fourth Printing Variant Cover (ft. Optimus Prime) by Clayton Henry (1023IM979) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #2 Third Printing Variant Cover (Connecting) (ft. Frenzy, Rumble & Arcee) by Gerald Parel & Frédéric Pham Chuong (1023IM980) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #3 Second Printing Variant Cover A (ft. Ratchet) by Jason Howard (1023IM977) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #3 Second Printing Variant Cover B (ft. Skywarp) by Jason Howard (1023IM978) 


Hasbro is a leading 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



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.



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 imprint of Image Comics and promotes a shared vision to collaborate with top and emerging talent across the comics industry. The Skybound publishing slate includes acclaimed series such as The Walking Dead, Invincible, Ultramega, Stillwater, Fire Power, and Excellence, while also delivering powerful licensed comics, including a partnership with LEGO Books. It is also home to Skybound Comet, a new original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult and Middle Grade audiences, 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 and Outcast, with more projects in development.  


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