Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

6.5 Overall Score
Art:: 5/10
Dialoque:: 7/10
Story:: 8/10

I feel sad and lonely when I see the artwork.

I feel sad and lonely when I see the artwork.

Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe #1
(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber, (A) Tom Scioli
IDW Publishing
2014

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is, in theory, the greatest comic match up ever. It’s the Transformers versus G.I. Joe! With all the coolest old toys you wanted as a kid fighting it out for the fate of two worlds! It’s great on paper, but it falls a little short in the comics.

The artwork is the worst thing to happen to Optimus Prime since Micheal Bay. It’s flatly colored, has minimal details, and utterly fails to live up to the promise this series should have. It’s just bad.

The story is a little different than what you’re likely used to from these franchises, but it’s still pretty good. Some of the liberties they take with your expectations are a little shocking, but it’s all in good fun, and nothing terrible takes place. You may not be used to seeing Soundwave a spaceship, and describing Starscream as just like a Skystriker feels like sacrilege, but you get over it fast, and it doesn’t really effect the story all that much. The dialogue isn’t anything special, but it does feel like an afternoon cartoon, which is fine.

This isn’t exactly bad, but it isn’t the book the fans deserve from IDW in 2014. It feels like an 80s throwback, and it feels lazy. It’s nice the have the old 80s toys back in action, but the 80s production values need to stay a thing of the past. I’m a huge fan of both brands, so of course I’m going to buy into it, but I’m going to resent it just a little.

 

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