A first in comic book history, IDW Publishing announced Infestation. Starting in January 2011, Infestation will infect Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Transformers and G.I. Joe comics with zombies, zombies, and more zombies. To help create this multi-dimensional saga, IDW is teaming up with fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The Thanos Imperative, Legion of Super-Heroes) and artist David Messina (TRUE BLOOD).
“This is definitely one of those ‘there’s no way they’ll ever do this’ kind of events,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “But not only are we doing something fans never thought they’d see, we’re doing it in a way that should confound and exceed their expectations. And doing it with real pros like Abnett and Lanning just makes it that much sweeter, especially knowing what they’ve got planned as a follow-up to this event.”
Setting the stage for this massive event, Abnett and Lanning will pen Infestation #1, launching in January 2011. This initial 32-page story begins in IDW’s own Zombies Vs. Robots universe, where something goes terribly wrong and ultimately infests the worlds of Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, and Ghostbusters with zombies and infected robots. From there, the story spins ferociously into each of the four properties throughout February and March, and culminates in April’s bombastic finale, Infestation #2.
In February, Transformers: Infestation #1-2 and Star Trek: Infestation #1-2 will ship bi-weekly. The Transformers title will also be written by Abnett and Lanning, with fan-favorite Nick Roche handling the art. Star Trek will be written by mainstay writers Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by Casey Maloney (Zipper).
March will see the release of the bi-weekly G.I. Joe: Infestation #1-2 by writer Mike Raicht and artist Giovanni Timpano, as well as Ghostbusters: Infestation by Erik Burnham (The A-Team: War Stories) and Kyle Hotz (Marvel Zombies).
Artist John K. Snyder III (Phoenix Without Ashes) will provide covers for the two Infestation issues, as well as 1950s sci-fi film-inspired images for each of the four involved series.
To further commemorate this “decade in the making” event, IDW will be releasing special incentive patches with every issue. Each embroidered, sew-on patch will feature “infected” logos of the four titles. Additional incentives include a painted cover by Zombies Vs. Robots co-creator Ashley Wood for Infestation #1, as well as a special 16-page sketchbook featuring zombified versions of the perennially popular characters from these four universes, as illustrated by artists associated with each property.