Friday, October 08, 2010

IDW Plans an Infestation

Today at the New York Comic-Con, IDW Publishing announced a crossover event for their licensed products that starts in January. Called "Infestation", it will be essentially a multi-universe zombie invasion (like Marvel Zombies) that will impact Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, and Ghostbusters. The zombies are based on IDW's Zombies vs. Robots comic book where the bad guys have the capability to zombify robots so the threat could cause problems for Transformers.

The crossover event is being written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Legion, Realm of Kings) with various artists for the books. The invasions begin with Infestation #1, continue in Transformers: Infestation #1-2, Star Trek: Infestation #1-2, G.I. Joe: Infestation #1-2, and Ghostbusters: Infestation #1-2. Infestation #2 will close out the crossover. Comic Book Resources spoke with event editors Tom Waltz and Andy Schmidt about the crossover. Click here for more details and the first issue covers.
"Without giving too much away, I can say that we start in the IDW universe with a zombie outbreak of epic proportions. The threat is contained (or is it?), but not before it infests other realities - the realities of our licensed books," Waltz told CBR. "The individual series will show just how our intrepid heroes - folks like Optimus Prime, Dr. Peter Venkman, Mr. Spock, Baroness, and so many others - face down this new and obviously shocking threat, and their desperate efforts to stop it before it can completely consume - both literally and figuratively - their realities."

"To me, that's the true beauty of this event, because the methods of counteracting the threat are as diverse as the licenses and the creators involved," Waltz added. "I don't want to give anything away, but rest assured, each book will be fresh and exciting and different - each license facing down the same dangers, but no two in the same way. Success and survival are not guaranteed. Our creators have surprises up their sleeves and things will never be the same for any of these titles when all is said and done."

Waltz confirmed, though, that "Transformers: Infestation" and "G.I. Joe: Infestation" are set in the core comic book universes and that "Star Trek: Infestation" takes place during the "Motion Picture" era and will star Spock, Kirk, and Dr. McCoy. "And the 'Ghostbusters: Infestation' books take place in the ongoing 'Ghostbusters' continuity (in which the movies, cartoons, and comics basically co-exist)," Waltz said.

With both editors suggesting that there would be ramifications beyond the "Infestation" event, CBR asked Schmidt, who oversees the ongoing "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" titles, whether this means that the miniseries would tie back into the core books. "Yes to one, and maybe to the other... Ha ha! I love being evil!" he said.


  1. I wanna see a Optimus Prime meets Spock meets Snakes Eyes meets GI Joe and they team up to fight the forces of evil!!

  2. Oh may god I'm so sick of zombies an stupid zombie crossovers, just drop it zombies where big like 5 years ago an even then they where crap so don't bother , not only did marvel sell out an do a zombie comic but now IDW are gonna sell out too, it's gonna SUCK, a Zombie transformer what a pile of B******T!!!!!!

  3. @ Anonymous 8:14
    Simple solution for ya... don't buy it. What I've noticed is most comic fans are zombie fans. Not just "oh zombies are cool right now fans" but zombie fans. They liked zombies before they where "cool", they like zombies now that they are "cool" and they are going to like zombies long after they are "cool". You seem like a hater in general and don't like change. I imagine you just want the same gen 1 story told over and over again. Probably the same guy bitching about the new T3 title and every other bit of news that comes out.

  4. You know the HUB? I know its coming out 10/10/10 but what chanel? Is it 139 on the Brighthouse stations?
    From Spark500

  5. Transformers zombies have already been done, 22 years ago, in Marvel UK's City Of Fear storyline. I was interested in reading this new stuff if it did cross over with Star Trek (and not GI Joe for a change), but looks like that's been scuppered. Ah well.

  6. @anonymous 8.32
    I'll have you know I'm a diehard transformers fan, I loved the movies, the new name for tf3 doesn't bother me at all, I love the comics, an I'm probibly more for change in the transformers franchise then most so no am not a hater I just never saw the fascination with zombies, I don't think there particularly interesting an I find the whole zombie thing quite dated an boring, so befor you go shooting your mouth off calling people hatred just remember, some people have different opinions an I'm a transformers fan who thinks zombies an zombie related midea are s**t

  7. The only zombies I'm interested in were led by the King of Pop.


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