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A Revolution Leads To A M.A.S.K. – Mobile Armored Strike Kommand – Return w/ A New #1! Plus IDW Revolution Checklist & MASK Concept Art!

IDW Revolution Leads To…

IDW Revolution Banner

A Revolution comes to IDW this September involving Hasbro properties!

      Revolution will be a five-issue biweekly event series, starting this September, that will bring together all of the company’s Hasbro properties: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, ROM, Action Man, and M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand)). In its wake, all the series will kick off with new number one issues and a new status quo. But IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall insists this isn’t a reboot.

Here’s the IDW Revolution Checklist!

IDW Revolution checklist

There is similar talk of a Habsroverse cinematic endeavor a la Marvel and DC Entertainment. However, in the comics its IDW that is working with Hasbro.

MASK Revolution

… A Brand New M.A.S.K. For A New Generation

I remember in the 1980s a multi-media sensation called MASK which stood for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. Well, 30 years later, they’re back from IDW this November!

MASK logo sans truck

In the 1980s, from 1985 to 1988 MASK had an omnipresent comic book ad on the back of many comic books. Even if you never watched the Cartoon or picked up the toys, you knew of MASK.

MASK comic book ad 1980s

MASK also had a toy line.

MASK toy 1980s

A TV cartoon from 1985 to 1986 with 75 episodes. The lead Matt Tracker also showed up in third G.I. Joe cartoon movie as well.

MASK volume 1 DVD

Even a comic book from DC Comics.

MASK #1 comic book 1980s

There was also a video game I just discovered.

Can lightning strike twice in 2016?

There are two big controversies with the new MASK neither of which I have a concern about. MASK still fights VENOM, aka Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, in the new series, but MASK’s Matt Tracker is now an African American instead of his original Caucasian (leading to a sparsely supported change.org petition) and…

MASK 2016 IDW heroes

…the missile launch truck is no longer in the logo for MASK.

Mask logo with truck

How will MASK do?

MASK 2016 IDW villains VENOM

You tell me.

2016 M.A.S.K. #1 solicitation from IDW is below.

      M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand#1 — GEM OF THE MONTH

      MASK 1A IDW

      Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

      Launching from the events of REVOLUTION! The M.A.S.K. team streaks into a dangerous, unstable landscape of dark wars, high intrigue and non-stop action where they’ll encounter the nearly unstoppable threat of Miles Mayhem and his black ops squadron known as V.E.N.O.M. How will an untested Matt Trakker lead M.A.S.K. through a complex new world order where nothing is what it seems? Join writerBrandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter), artist Tony Vargas (Rot and Ruin) and cover artist Tommy Lee Edwards for an exciting 21st century spin on the classic series where “illusion is the ultimate weapon!”

      FC • 32 pages • $3.99

      IDW Publishing November 2016 cover
      M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand#1—Subscription Variant

      MASK 1B IDW

      Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Joe Suitor (c)
      FC • 32 pages • $3.99

      M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand#1—Andrew Griffith Variant
      Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
      FC • 32 pages • $3.99

      M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand#1—Blank Sketch Variant
      Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Blank sketch (c)
      FC • 32 pages • $3.99

      Bullet points:

      • Part of the new Hasbro shared universe torn from the pages of Revolution!
      • Featuring variant covers by Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate) and Paul Pope!
      • Special back-up material in every issue written by Tommy Lee Edwards!

What do you think?

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