For those of us who are obsessed with the licensed comics of the '80s, the biggest news story of the year is unquestionably the return of ROM The Space Knight --- four words, very important --- to comics this summer. Considering he was a popular character at the time who hasn't starred in a comic in a full 30 years, it's a big deal, and IDW is taking the opportunity to reintroduce him in a pretty big way.

In July, ROM is making an appearance on 12 variant covers across IDW's line to celebrate his return, and today, we're happy to reveal his appearance on Brendan Cahill's cover for Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #55, where he and Rodimus are now best friends. That's what I'm assuming, anyway.

As you can see from the cover, ROM and Rodimus --- ship name: HotROM --- are celebrating their new friendship with a fist bump, which is probably pretty awkward when one party's fist is larger than the other party's entire head. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the Transformers are going to be having a good, friendly time in the actual issue. Here's the solicitation:

 

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #55
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
The battle against the DECEPTICON JUSTICE DIVISION is finally over, and for the few AUTOBOTS left standing, all that's left are words. Four words, to be precise. Four terrible words, millions of years old, that gave the DECEPTICONS their name.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #55—ROM Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Brendan Cahill (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
• An unexpected ending? Or the most unexpected ending?
• The crew of the Lost Light has never seen higher stakes!
• Setting the stage for TITANS RETURN—and beyond!
• Part of IDW’s month-long variant cover program, celebrating the return of ROM!
• Variant cover by Carlos Valenzuela!