"Energon Universe"
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Publication dateJune 2023 – present
Main character(s)

The Energon Universe (EU) is an ongoing American comic book franchise and shared fictional universe created and published by Skybound Entertainment, an imprint of Image Comics, in collaboration with Hasbro.[1]

Featuring characters from Transformers and G.I. Joe, alongside original intellectual properties, the franchise is the successor of the Hasbro Comic Book Universe by IDW Publishing (2005–2018).[2]


The Energon Universe is set in the present.[citation needed] The franchise name makes reference to the substance that Transformers need to survive.[3]

In the Sacred Ring, there is a war between Agorrians and Zertonians. When two rivals named Darak and Solila crash on a mysterious planetoid, they must work together in order to survive. In the process, they learn a secret that will change everything they believed about their war.[4]

Meanwhile, the other war between Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron expands to Earth, leading to the foundation of G.I. Joe and Cobra in response. A chain of events will cause all those factions to fight against each other, changing the fate of humanity (and the universe) forever.[5]

Publication history

Background and development

Void Rivals co-creator and writer Robert Kirkman acts as "showrunner" of the EU comic line.[6]

Before IDW Publishing lost the licenses to produce Transformers and G.I. Joe comics at the end of 2022,[7] in December 2021, it was reported that Skybound Entertainment, an imprint of Image Comics, was in talks with Hasbro to acquire those licenses.[8]

The Energon Universe debuted on June 14, 2023, with the original series Void Rivals, written by Robert Kirkman, drawn by Lorenzo De Felici and colored by Matheus Lopes.[1] Kirkman and De Felici had previously worked together in another comic titled Oblivion Song.[9]

Since that day, Skybound officially announced to have gained the comic book licenses of Transformers and G.I. Joe.[6]

Kirkman said, "It’s a tremendous honor to be able to reintroduce this world to a new audience under the Skybound banner. I’ve loved these characters for most of my life and to have the opportunity to add to the already rich tapestry Hasbro has built with the all-new Void Rivals is an unbelievable opportunity. If you look at everything done with Transformers and G.I. Joe, you can see the inkling of a vast universe with tremendous potential for crossovers and interaction that will enhance the fan experience while staying true to the individual identities of both concepts. I look forward to exploring that potential for years to come."[10]

Michael J. Kelly, who was Vice President of Global Publishing on Hasbro, added, “When we first discussed plan for the surprise reveal in Void Rivals #1, I never expected it would be a secret we could keep for over a year. Now that it is finally here, we are all excited to finally be able to talk about all the amazing stories to come from our great new partners at Skybound.”[10]

Void Rivals is followed by a Transformers ongoing series and four G.I. Joe limited series.[11] Kirkman also brought up the possibility of adding other brands from Hasbro in the future.[12] He also confirmed there are no plans to have more than four series running at once.[citation needed]

Distribution and localization

In January 2024, Moztros (a publisher from Spain) announced to have gained the rights to distribute Spanish translations of the franchise.[13][14]

List of publications

Ongoing series

Title Issues Writer Artist(s) Colourist(s) Debut date
Void Rivals 1– Robert Kirkman Lorenzo De Felici Matheus Lopes (1–4, 6–)
Patricio Delpeche (5)
June 14, 2023[1]
Transformers (vol. 4) Daniel Warren Johnson Daniel Warren Johnson (1–6)
Jorge Corona (7–)
Mike Spicer October 4, 2023[11]

Limited series

Title Issues Writer Artist Colourist Debut date Conclusion date
Duke 1–5 Joshua Williamson Tom Reilly Jordie Bellaire December 27, 2023[11] April 24, 2024
Cobra Commander Andrea Milana Annalisa Leoni January 17, 2024[11] TBA


Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Colourist Release date

Energon Universe 2024 Special

Robert Kirkman
Daniel Warren Johnson
Joshua Williamson
Lorenzo De Felici
Ryan Ottley
TBA May 4, 2024 (Free Comic Book Day)[15]

Release order

  1. Void Rivals #1–4
  2. Transformers #1
  3. Void Rivals #5
  4. Transformers #2
  5. Void Rivals #6
  6. Transformers #3
  7. Duke #1
  8. Transformers #4
  9. Cobra Commander #1
  10. Duke #2
  11. Transformers #5
  12. Cobra Commander #2
  13. Duke #3
  14. Void Rivals #7
  15. Transformers #6
  16. Cobra Commander #3
  17. Duke #4
  18. Transformers #7
  19. Void Rivals #8
  20. Transformers #7
  21. Cobra Commander #4
  22. Duke #5
  23. Energon Universe 2024 Special

Collected editions

Title Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
Void Rivals
Void Rivals, Volume 1: More than Meets the Eye
  • Void Rivals #1–6
136 February 20, 2024 1684158958, 978-1684158959
Transformers, Volume 1
  • Transformers #1–6
136 May 7, 2024 1534398171, 978-1534398177
G.I. Joe
Duke, Volume 1
  • Duke #1–5
112 June 4, 2024 1534398163, 978-1534398160
Cobra Commander, Volume 1
  • Cobra Commander #1–5
June 11, 2024 1534398155, 978-1534398153

See also


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  2. ^ "IDW Is Merging G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Its Other Hasbro Comics Into One Giant Universe". io9. June 2016. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  3. ^ Cabaniss, Nathan (2023-10-01). "Transformers Reveals Why New Continuity Is Called the ENERGON UNIVERSE". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2024-01-19.
  4. ^ First Comics News (2023-02-24). "ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI LAUNCH A NEW SHARED COMICS UNIVERSE IN VOID RIVALS #1". Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  5. ^ Cabaniss, Nathan (2023-10-18). "Why G.I. Joe and Transformers HATE Each Other In New Shared Continuity". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  6. ^ a b Schedeen, Jesse (2023-06-14). "Skybound Acquires Transformers and G.I. Joe Comic Book License". IGN. Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (2022-01-21). "IDW to Lose 'G.I. Joe,' 'Transformers' License at End of 2022 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (2021-12-10). "Robert Kirkman's Skybound in Talks to Acquire G.I. Joe, Transformers Publishing License (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  9. ^ Wigler, Josh (2018-03-06). "'Walking Dead' Creator Begins New Chapter With 'Oblivion Song'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  10. ^ a b First Comics News (2023-06-14). "SURPRISE! TRANSFORMERS AND G.I. JOE LAUNCH A NEW SHARED COMIC BOOK UNIVERSE TODAY!". Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  11. ^ a b c d Salmon, Will (2023-06-14). "Skybound roll out a new shared Transformers and G.I. Joe universe - and it starts today!". gamesradar. Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  12. ^ Cabaniss, Nathan (2023-09-01). "New Transformers Canon Could Include Other Hasbro Properties, Confirms Kirkman". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  13. ^ Muñiz, Igor Álvarez (2024-01-17). "Moztros publicará Transformers y G.I. Joe en España - Zona Negativa". Zona Negativa (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  14. ^ Iglesias, Joel (2024-01-17). "Los Transformers aterrizan en Moztros". Tomos y Grapas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  15. ^ Donohoo, Timothy (2023-11-14). "Skybound and Hasbro Announce Transformers and G.I. Joe Special". CBR. Retrieved 2023-11-15.