Saturday, 18 August 2012

Review - G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers

G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 9781613773529 
Pub Date: September 11, 2012
Written by: Michael Higgins
Artist: Chris Batista, Herb Trimpe, Jesse d'Orozco, Larry Hama, Steve Lieber, William Rosado

IDW Publishing is about to release the classic issues that combined G.I. Joe and The Transformers containing nine issues. I was able to read a free review copy from NetGalley this month. As a kid, I never got into comics, but I do remember watching both cartoon series and I think I had a few of the toys too. 

The original four crossover issues were released back in 1986 when I was a five-year-old. The issues are Blood on Tracks, Power Struggle, Ashes, Ashes..., and ...All Fall Down! The plot surrounds the government launching the Power Station Alpha, which is a nuclear power plant that can shoot a beam across the entire world, and of course both Decepticons and Cobra want it. They briefly make an alliance, but then Cobra learn that the Decepticons plan on destroying the planet. Spoilers: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Megatron are destroyed.

The last five issues were originally released back in 1993 and is considered to have occurred during the generation 2 storylines. The issues are: Unfoldings!, Realignments, Goin' South, Sucker Punch, and Final Transformation. The plot involves Megatron surviving his fall to Earth and Cobra rebuilding him into his new mode - a tank. The Autobots are aware of his return and are sent to investigate. Meanwhile, there is a third group of transformers calling themselves Cybertronians. The Autobots and the Decpticons join forces to deal with the new threat.

I have never read these issues before; therefore I had a blast reading them. The 1986 issues are a little bit more tamed compared to the violence in the 1993 issues. I recommend this volume to other G.I. Joe and Transformers fans.


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