Free Comic Book Day Review: Transformers VS. G.I. Joe #0

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joeIDW’s other Free Comic Book Day offering on this High Holiday for nerds like me and you is Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0. This story kicks off the much-discussed series launching this July. The story is written by Tom Scioli and John Barber with art, colors, and lettering by Scioli. The concept along has had people talking, but is the first taste of the new series any good?

This is actually a hard comic to run down with a brief summary. Imagine your 10 year old self had just finished having an epic battle with your Transformers and G.I. Joe toys, then said ‘Hey, this would make a pretty cool comic.’ Bumblebee is being chased by Starscream while the Joes are in the middle of an all-out attack on one of Cobra Commander’s secret bases. The two worlds collide with big action, bigger surprises, and a whole lot of fun. That should be enough of a summary. This is one you really need to see (and read) to believe.

Scioli and Barber write an insane story that feels like it was yanked right out of the 80s. There is an unbelievable amount of story going on in these 16 pages. This feels like a double-sized issue in a lot of respects, but it’s really just a short teaser of what’s coming up in the main series. This is an alternate/new universe, so things are a little different than you may be used to seeing. That just allows Scioli and Barber the chance to do some really interesting and unexpected things. They explain what’s going on in the writers’ commentary in the back of the issue and that gives you an even greater respect of what you just read. Scioli’s art has some heavy Kirby influences from the panel layout to the composition. The writer and artist runs down his other influences in the commentary, but this is largely far-out, wild, Kirby/Doctor Strange/old school G.I. Joe art and coloring.

Bottom Line: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is one you need to make absolutely certain you snag on Free Comic Book Day. It’s big, bold, fun, and insane.

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