Thanks to CBR.com, we have a very impressive line-art of the next a IDW Crossover title: First Strike.
Veteran comics artist and Image Comics co-founder Whilce Portacio illustrated a triptych cover that will be published as retailer incentive covers for issues #1, #3 and #5 of First Strike.
The covers will be available to retailers who order 50 copies or more of each First Strike #1 and #2 (both scheduled for release in August). First Strike #1 is scheduled for release on Aug. 9, and will run for six issues in a twice-monthly shipping schedule.
The First Strike story picks up with Earth about to join the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. That seemingly peaceful event is interrupted by Cobra, as Baron Ironblood — historically the British counterpart to Cobra Commander — has targeted all Cybertronians for termination, clearly putting the Transformers in serious jeopardy. The G.I. Joes, led by Scarlett, and the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, stand in the way in the face of extinction — enlisting help along the way from, apparently, an unlikely ally in the form of Soundwave of the Decepticons.
“One man attempts to dominate, one woman stands against him,” Mairghread Scott said in a statement to CBR. “Watch as Scarlett leads her G.I. Joes on a daring mission to save all of Cybertron from their gravest threat yet. First Strike is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, and deeply personal character story set against the backdrop of intergalactic war with all the giant robots, cyborg ninjas, and massive explosions you could ask for.”