IDW Publishing is an American comics company that has risen as among the more notable comics publication companies in recent years. It has earned "Publisher of the Year" for three years by Diamond Comics Distributors from 2004 to 2006.
Their first mark at prominence is with the horror comic 30 Days of Night and then to other horror stories and moving on to more offbeat comics. They also delved into licensed properties where they showed their unique versatility, often going for television shows and movies that no one would have thought creating a comic out of. Licensed properties such as Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, the CSI series, 24, and Shaun of the Dead.
In 2005, IDW acquired the comics rights to Transformers, a major Hasbro property. Because of this, it has led to much speculation in late 2007 when it was announced that Devil's Due Publishing has not renewed its G.I. Joe comics rights. Many suspected they may be the likeliest winning bid. In May 2008, IDW has formally announced its acquisition of the license. The first G.I. Joe comic published under this imprint is A New Beginning #0 set for release in October 2008.
In May of 2010, IDW Publishing began releasing the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series that continues where the Marvel Comics series ended. The series began with a free comic book day issue #155 ½, and replaces all of the Devil's Due Publishing continuity that was established. This series is again written by, Larry Hama.
The creation of this series effectively makes all stories created by Devil's Due Publishing (2001-2008) an alternative universe.