Review of Transformers vs. G. I. Joe #1


As a kid I would play with my Transformers and G. I. Joe toys, imagining an epic adventure in which the two toy franchises would combine (along with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) to save the world.  Snake Eyes and Optimus Prime would work together to stop Skeletor… well, I’m digressing, but my point is that I had a lot of fun imagining the joint adventures of these characters, unrestricted by the constraints of story continuity and free to craft raw, creative adventures that could only come from the mind of a child.

The first issue of IDW’s Tranformers vs. G. I. Joe reminded me of those fun childhood fantasies.  Artist and writer Tom Scioli (with co-writer John Barber) creates a dynamic, distinctive vision for the adventures of these two popular toy franchises.  The comic book is unlike any other licensed toy comic you have ever read.  Scioli’s unique art (clearly influenced by Jack Kirby’s art style) channels pure imagination onto the comics page, throwing idea after idea at the reader.  The Joe’s believe that they have finally destroyed the enemy terrorist organization Cobra, but a new, mysterious  Cobra leader hides in the shadows.  The Joe’s attempt a peaceful first contact with the aliens from the planet Cybertron, but unfortunately the team has to negotiate with Decepticons.  And then things get wild when Snake Eyes decides to get involved…

Transformers vs. G. I. Joe #1 is a fabulous, fast, fun first issue that finally gives readers the wild adventures that they always knew were possible with a G.I. Joe/Transformers mash-up.  The only fault that I found with the issue was that it didn’t have Skeletor in it, but nothing is perfect.



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