It's raining zombies everywhere (now wait, that's the second time I made that exclamation this week, with Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Yakuza , amongst other, going zombie-gaga) as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters braced themselves for a full scale zombie infestation!

Pop culture's obsession with zombie apocalypse seems to have hit critical fever pitch these in all front. Be it comics, gaming, movies or TV industries. And now, IDW Publishing, known for publishing horror comics such as 30 Days of Night by well-known writers and artists like Ashley Wood and Steve Niles, along with licensed properties as diverse as 24, CSI, Transformers, Star Trek, Doctor Who and G.I. Joe, has finally cross the line by pushing forth the horror theme toward these well-known properties, as announced during its Friday evening panel at New York Comic-Con.

Running from January to April, the remarkably ambitious crossover, aptly entitled "Infestation", will see the deadly hordes of zombies from Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood's series Zombie vs. Robots crossing dimensions to invade the respective worlds of Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters. Nope, you still won't get to see Snake Eyes and Spock kicking asses side-by-side, or Bumblebee talking trash with Peter Venkman, but all of them will indeed be facing a common adversary: Namely, a potential Zombie Apocalypse.

While you maybe of the opinion that the Transformers are going to take out the undead without breaking a sweat (just a figure of speech, as I absolutely understands that they are totally incapable of producing any fluids other perhaps gasoline), we beg to differ, noting carefully how these particularly vicious zombies from the "ZVR" world are fully capable of infecting robots.

Tapping on fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning for the multi-dimensional saga for both bookending issues (Infestation #1 in January and the concluding Infestation #2 in April), spins swiftly into each of the four properties throughout February and March with the bi-weekly published Transformers: Infestation, Star Trek: Infestation, G.I. Joe: Infestation, and Ghostbusters: Infestation, written and illustrated by numerous contributors.

The cover to Infestation #1.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, editors Tom Waltz and Andy Schmidt spoke at length on the challenges in getting all the licencors on board with the project, the potentially lasting implication of the crossover's story, and how the project came into existence. Head over there to check out more information of the insanely ambitious crossover.

And if you still need more proof that this is indeed a zombie outbreak of quite possibly the most epic proportions? How about a zombie Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (confirmed during the IDW presentation)?

In the meantime, check out these special incentive patches that will be released with every issue, and after jump, the regular and variant covers to some of the titles scheduled for the series.

The covers to "Transformers: Infestation" #1, "Star Trek: Infestation" #1, "G.I. Joe: Infestation" #1, and "Ghostbusters: Infestation" #1.

The variant painted covers by Zombies vs. Robots co-creator Ashley Wood for Infestation #1.

Some art designs for the crossover series.

Art designs from the Zombies vs. Robots series, of which the zombies in the crossover series originated.


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