“I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”
–Dr. Loomis, Halloween
The horror genre has long been a major part of my life. Long before other mediums, film and television were my gateway into the land of horror. While my friends shielded their eyes from the likes of Michael Meyers, Linda Blair’s portrayal of Regan, Mr. Barlow, and Pennywise the Clown, I was positioned in front of the television watching these horrors come to life before me. My mother likes to tell people–in fact, she just told this to my fiancé two days ago that The Leprechaun was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I would watch it over and over again.
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by Tom Scioli and John Barber
Tom Scioli has been a hero on the alt comix scene for the last few years with his highly influential self published Satans Soldiers, Final Frontier & American Barbarian along with the his Image Series Godland with Joe Casey. His style is pure Jack Kirby pastiche in the best way possible with concepts and execution that looks right at home with comics of the mid to late 1970’s. Editor and co-writer John Barber has made clear that this comic is all Scioli as he’s essentially there to shepherd the comic into existence without offending Hasbro too much. As such Transformers vs GI Joe is as Tom Scioliesque as you are going to get from direct market comic in the best way possible as he’s able to apply his sensibilities and style from his self published work on a comic that’s a crossover of intellectual property from a toy company. Which is to say this comic is like 100% ass kicking fun from start to finish as we see the GI Joes take on Cobra while Decepticons hunt down the Autobots in hopes of universal dominance all in Scioli’s style that’s essentially a modern application of what Kirby did on his fourth world work with DC which essentially is totally fucking awesome. All that being said this may be difficult for readers that aren’t used to seeing this style or were expecting the type of crisp illustrations that you are used to seeing from modern comics. Scioli may be working with a large company here and the paper stock may feel like the type of comic you could buy anywhere but the aesthetic is pure Scioli self published with rough lines, pure illustrations and colors/inks that look as if they were done right on pencil and paper as opposed to modern digital technology. This is going to be a turn off for some people and that’s fine but if you’re a fan of comics of yesteryear or if you’re looking for something that is as much a throw back as it is forward thinking you really can’t do much better than this at your local comic shop. It’s some of the strongest talent that underground comics has to offer taking a work for hire assignment and making it completely his own. You may have watched these movies, seen these TV shows, owned the toys or even read the comics but you’ve never seen anything like this.