IDW Publishing’s comic book Revolution for Hasbro’s multiple properties — including Transformers and G.I. Joe — continues next week with a revival of a fan-favorite toy line from the 1980s. After almost three decades, M.A.S.K. has finally returned.
The original M.A.S.K. line, which lasted from 1985 through 1988, featured vehicles that could transform from an “everyday” look to an armored combat mode, accompanied by drivers and pilots who had masks that gave them superhuman powers. The mythology of the toys — which spawned an animated series and short-lived run of comic books — saw the eponymous Mobile Armored Strike Kommand deal with the wonderfully acronym-ed V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).
Things are different for the contemporary revival of the property, as can be seen in the exclusive preview of M.A.S.K.: Revolution No. 1, a one-off issue which spins out of the just-launched Revolution comic book series that creates a shared universe populated by characters from Rom, Action Man, Micronauts, G.I. Joe and Transformers in addition to M.A.S.K., and will lead into an all-new M.A.S.K. comic later this year.
This time around, Miles Mayhem — previously the villain of the series — is the man responsible for gathering the good guys together… but all might not be as it seems, which is only fitting for something that was originally advertised with the tagline “Illusion is the ultimate weapon.”
Written by Brandon Easton with art by Tony Vargas, M.A.S.K.: Revolution No. 1 will be released in comic book stores and digitally on Sept. 28. Read the first pages below.