Robert Kirkman-led Skybound Entertainment (commonly known as just ‘Skybound’) is reportedly in talks to acquire comic book publishing rights of G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises.
This news comes amidst rumors of the current license coming to an expiry. IDW is rumored to lose the license awarded to them by Hasbro.
The Hollywood Reporter says:
Skybound, the imprint run by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, is in negotiations with Hasbro to acquire the publishing license to the two properties. If a deal is reached, it will mark a sea change for the look and feel of the comics and is a big loss for IDW, which has been making G.I. Joe and Transformer comics since the mid-2000s. Kirkman, who is known to be a major fan of the toy brands and is said to have personally gotten involved in the chasing of the rights, is not expected to write any of the new comics. Additionally, if a deal does go through, new books would not be expected to hit shelves until 2023.
Skybound is mostly known for The Walking Dead and the Fire Power comic book series.