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Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview

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The IDW Publishing Tumblr account has released a three page preview of their upcoming Free Comic Book Day offering Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0. Be sure to stop by your favorite comic book shop this Saturday to pick this issue up for free, for check out the preview mirrored below:

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview

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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570690)
Posted by KnightStrike on May 2nd, 2014 @ 5:11am CDT
Is this artwork indicative of what this title's regular issues will look like? If so I am going to steer far clear of it as it looks like an attempt to get an 80s comic vibe that ended up just being bad. Also, what is up with Snake Eyes pulling off his mask and talking?
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570693)
Posted by Va'al on May 2nd, 2014 @ 5:15am CDT
If I can get to a copy, I'll pick one up. I care very little for the concept or the characters, but the blatant hatred from a lot of readers of both titles has pushed me to be intrigued. :P
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570740)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:25am CDT
KnightStrike wrote:Is this artwork indicative of what this title's regular issues will look like? If so I am going to steer far clear of it as it looks like an attempt to get an 80s comic vibe that ended up just being bad. Also, what is up with Snake Eyes pulling off his mask and talking?
Yeah, to me an unmasked, verbal Snake Eyes implies this series will be as unenjoyable as that '90s Pink Panther cartoon where PP could talk. Yes, in every universe he was able to talk before whatever given accident(s) mutilated him, but that's usually unexplored to give a sense of mystery/sympathy/epic/etc.

That and the consistency of this art "style" reenforces the theory that IDW is just going to use this title as a 'dumping-continuity' for every strange experiment they want to explore the merits of while not risking damage to their established universes.

And yet, I will end up buying this mess just to see proof that no matter how f@%#ed up any of their titles get, IDW will persevere.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570748)
Posted by Va'al on May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:03am CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:And yet, I will end up buying this mess just to see proof that no matter how f@%#ed up any of their titles get, IDW will persevere.


This one's free. Image
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570749)
Posted by TheCrookedMan on May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:06am CDT
Looks like this is going to be a really cool experiment/homage with its own distinctive style, in the spirit of Scioli's Godland. Looking forward to it.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570771)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:19am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:And yet, I will end up buying this mess just to see proof that no matter how f@%#ed up any of their titles get, IDW will persevere.


This one's free. Image
The mess in question will extend throughout the new ongoing, at regular price.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1570993)
Posted by T-Macksimus on May 2nd, 2014 @ 11:46pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:And yet, I will end up buying this mess just to see proof that no matter how f@%#ed up any of their titles get, IDW will persevere.


This one's free. Image
The mess in question will extend throughout the new ongoing, at regular price.


And yet you couldn't PAY me to take this one. I was almost willing to go pick it up for free and give it a shot but after looking at the preview once again, my moment of insanity passed and I realized it wasn't worth wasting the gas to head to the mall even if the trip is mostly down hill. I picked up every single incarnation of the TF/GI Joe crossovers and I even still have the G1 Marvel issues of them too. This, however, will not be joining those other issues. This IS NOT GI Joe by any stretch and certainly not Transformers except on the loosest level of fan-fiction. This makes Bay's use of "artistic license" in his films actually forgivable.
I know, I know, if you don't have anything nice to say then STFU and I will say that while I may not have any love whatsoever for it, I would urge folks to pick up this free issue and, if at all possible, pick up past Joe/TF crossovers. The older the better. Even the one set in WWI (or was it WWII) era and compare those to this issue. I'll let folks make their own informed choices and form their own opinions. If anyone has any questions about previous Joe comics there are plenty (or at least enough) of us on here that are fairly well versed in the GI Joe Universe that we could answer anything you non-Joe fans could come up with.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1571104)
Posted by 1984forever on May 3rd, 2014 @ 12:27pm CDT
There are certain things that make Transformers the TRANSFORMERS, and likewise for G.I.Joe. If you change things too much it doesn't feel like a real Transformers or G.I.Joe story... plus the art sucks on this one too. No sale. IDW, Please replace this title with Shane McCarthy and Matt Frank on G1 Transformers.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1571177)
Posted by Darth Jumpy on May 3rd, 2014 @ 8:21pm CDT
So I picked this up along with MTMTE. It contained a full commentary of every page. Apparently this comic was supposed to be a homage to '60's comics (you wouldn't believe how many times Kirby's name was repeated in the issue). Why they would choose two franchises from the 1980's in order to do this is beyond me.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1571192)
Posted by TheCrookedMan on May 3rd, 2014 @ 11:45pm CDT
Given the initial negative reaction to the Animated style, cool that Derrick Wyatt shared this on Tumblr. I think it's from the new Transformers/Joe book.

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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1571859)
Posted by daningotham on May 6th, 2014 @ 10:19pm CDT
I was kind of excited for this when I first saw the preview. Picked it up on FCBD and I couldn't even finish it. Just not for me I guess.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1580275)
Posted by Va'al on June 8th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
The awesome folks over at Multiversity Comics had a farily lengthy chat with Tom Scioli and John Barber about the Free Comic Book Day issue 0 of the new Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing comics series. Read out below some snippets from the full interview - found here - and check out some exclusive looks at the layout work by Scioli, including unused parts. And if you still want to read the issue, it's free on ComiXology right now!

Before we dive into the issue, I’ll ask this: why do a #0 issue instead of a #1?

Tom Scioli: That way you get to have two first issues instead of just one.

John Barber: We’d planned out the early version of the story, as it would launch with issue one…Well, wait, let me back up. I should say Tom planned it out—he built a really detailed outline. But then it came up at IDW to do Transformers vs. G.I. Joe as our gold Free Comic Book Day comic. I guess we could have just used what would’ve been issue one, but I think Tom and I both felt like that wouldn’t work…I mean, then you’d be launching the regular series with #2, essentially.

I think Tom suggested doing a G.I. Joe mission where they run into the Transformers—like, anchor it to the G.I. Joe squad, as opposed to an all-out, full-scale mixing of the two—make it a G.I. Joe story where you’re with them and you meet the Transformers for the first time, but they only sort of realize what you see. I think the initial idea was a little more real-world, but I suggested doing something with the creeper bombs that Tom had already been talking about…and after a while, it turned into the final battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra. Which, at the scale this comic operates, is the prologue.

What’s the overall reaction been to the debut? I know what readers were saying at my local shop (loved it), but do you feel like the Free Comic Book Day premiere served the book well?

TS: It basically changed my life. There were a massive number of books in circulation, dwarfing any previous project I’d worked on. I was in Toronto for Free Comic Book Day along with Ed Piskor, and stayed for TCAF the following weekend. Being able to sign piles of books then have people tell you how much they loved it a week later was great. We were the toast of the town.

JB: Wow. I was just excited Gerard Way liked it. I’ve heard a lot of good things. I think my life is largely the same, but hey, we’ll see how it goes. I’m very, very pleased with the reaction. I saw, and actually still am seeing, a ton of people on Twitter just loving the comic.

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For the uninitiated to the GI Joe universe, this issue provided them a very clear guide to who these characters are, and what their motivations and personalities entail. Will readers get a clearer view of the Transformers side of the book in the future?

JB: It’s important to me, for anything but especially for a Free Comic Book Day comic, that this comic is accessible. Ted Adams over here at IDW was very concerned before we started that this comic would be clear to somebody that hasn’t got a master’s degree in Transformers and G.I. Joe. There are times where you can get a little more inside-baseball on some stuff, I think…but FCBD isn’t the place.

After we finished the issue, he read a PDF of it and called me and..I don’t know if you noticed, but this comic is a little unusual. So I didn’t know how Ted – how anybody – would react. I mean, up to this, it was Tom, me, Carlos Guzman (our editor), and Michael Kelly and the team at Hasbro who’d seen it – but I’d only talked to Michael about it, from the Hasbro side. So the first person I see reading it is Ted, the owner of IDW.

And the first thing he said was that it was totally accessible. And it’s funny, because as far out as the story goes, as complicated as the formal aspects of the comic are, it does walk you into this world. “Here’s what G.I. Joe is; here’s who Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Duke, everybody is. And what’s this mystery of the Transformers?”

So, ah, yeah—that’s exactly the plan with the Transformers, too. I don’t want to count on anybody having everything about the characters memorized… but if you do know everything, I think you’re in for a fun ride, too.

TS: The balance in this issue is a little more on the Joe side than the Transformers side. That balance will vary from issue to issue. The issue we’re currently working on, #2, is very Transformers-heavy.

While many, if not most, of the readers of this series had the opportunity to pick up the issue on Free Comic Book Day, some will be entering #1 with totally fresh eyes. Will the first issue be a traditional “setting up the book” story, or will it jump in a little faster, due to the #0 issue?

TS: I treat each issue as a stand-alone mini-movie, but like the Marvel movies with bits and pieces carry over from chapter to chapter. Each one is a complete reading experience, a complete aesthetic experience for that matter. That extends to the look of the book, too. The art is very different in issue #1, although still related to the art in this issue. It’s a new look for my work that I’m very excited about sharing with the world. I think some people will be blown away by it.

JB: Yeah, this is a prologue issue, not an if-you-missed-it-you’re-out-of-luck issue. Issue 1 is issue 1. If you’d never read any comic at all, issue 1 is a good point to jump in to the medium. But wherever you’re coming from, things have changed by the time issue 1 occurs, so it’s not like we’ll be going over the same set-up—the status quo is different by the time #1 starts, so in a way, everybody’s on the same footing coming in to the issue.


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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1580298)
Posted by Downbeat on June 8th, 2014 @ 12:08pm CDT
This book is amazing and I'll defend it til death.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1580302)
Posted by Va'al on June 8th, 2014 @ 12:18pm CDT
I need to try it again. We had a really weird time on the staff trying to figure out how to review it, but I might get back to it before #1 hits. :-?
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1580320)
Posted by 1984forever on June 8th, 2014 @ 1:46pm CDT
It's a great story, but I'm undecided on whether the art adds to the craziness of the book or tears it down. Points for using real Transformers, and even more points for using good Cybertronian characters like Straxus. Points subtracted for killing real '80s native New Yorkers like Zap, and not putting enough pages into the book. It looks like I'll be buying this crap after all!
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1580558)
Posted by Dead Metal on June 9th, 2014 @ 12:12pm CDT
My comic store got one of these for me since it was Transformers and he's so awesome that he tries to do me favours every now and then.

I just decided to read it, and well, surprise, surprise I still hated it.

I like the idea that it's it's own take and unconnected to the main TF and GI Joe comics, but that's all it has really.

The art is bad, it does not remind me of Silver Age comics, it reminds me more of Super Jail. But unlike Super Jail it's not crazy or disgusting enough to make it cool, that and it's not animated like it's an ADHD kid on sugar and coffee.

The only thing remotely similar to Silver Age comics is, that it reads like a bad Silver Age comic, back when they didn't care for what they where doing, and the Code dictated that they could not have multi part stories and thus had to compress everything into one issue, which didn't every time.

The Transformers speech bubbles suck too, the stupid squiggly lines, seriously, the Transformers squiggly line for "And fine somewhere to hide" is longer than the one for "No you're my Golden Ticket to Bigger Things. My key to the Decepticon elite. You're the lure I'm going to use to draw Optimus Prime out of hiding."

Some panels do look like Kirby, but those where like two or three panels in the entire issue.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1581163)
Posted by Va'al on June 11th, 2014 @ 12:36pm CDT
Another interview with IDW Publishing creators of Transformers vs G.I. Joe new ongoing series, Tom Scioli and John Barber! This time, courtesy of Comic Book Resources, who also have an exclusive look at another cover and two additional pages to what we saw last time. Check a preview out below, and the full story here.

The new ongoing series will be told in stand-alone issues, with each featuring "life, death, love, hate, mechanical aliens from space." Scioli and Barber spoke with CBR News about "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe" #1, explaining how Megatron functions as the series' Darkseid, how Scioli is playing with readers, why Doctor Venom should get his own series and much more about their nontraditional approach to both franchises.

CBR News: First off -- did Bumblebee make it out alive from "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe" #0, the FCBD issue?

Barber: Well, he didn't look very good on that last page, did he? I think we might have to wait and see.

Scioli: Life and death have a different, not-quite-analogous definition for Cybertronians.

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You said in our last interview that these stories will be single-issue stories. What are the benefits and challenges to writing one-issue stories?

Barber: Every issue stands on its own, but they definitely flow into each other. I think the rhythms of the series will start to be clearer as the series progresses, but really -- if all you did in life was read any single issue of "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe." I think you'd have had a pretty satisfying life. It's all there in every issue -- life, death, love, hate, mechanical aliens from space.

It's really a matter of taking an approach where every single issue is a whole unit. Not every issue is going to feel the same. I think the best comics are like that, sometimes. Every issue of this comic will have a personality. If you like one, you'll probably like the rest, I hope, but every one will have it's own idiosyncrasies.

The Free Comic Book Day #0 issue was very G.I. Joe-heavy; issue #1 is also very much from the point of view of the G.I. Joe team (but, believe me, is not lacking in Transformers), and then issue #2 switches it up completely.

Scioli: The major benefit is long-term goodwill. The readers will know that when they purchase their issue, they'll get a complete entertainment experience that they will want to repeat. The challenge is fitting all the story beats, and have them unfold in a natural manner, in a set number of pages. With my webcomics, I had the flexibility of having any give chapter being however many pages it took: 20, 14, 100. I do like the creative problem solving that's required for a rigid format. Jack [Kirby] and Stan [Lee] did all of those early epic "Fantastic Four" sagas in 20 pages. I'm not just talking about the to-be-continued soap operas from the middle issues, I'm talking about the self-contained stories in the first 20 or so issues.


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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1581178)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on June 11th, 2014 @ 1:12pm CDT
Bleh
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1581205)
Posted by Amelie on June 11th, 2014 @ 3:04pm CDT
I actually want these, but my local store doesn't look like he'll carry them and I don't trust his ordering anymore - I've ordered so many comics from him and failed to get a regular supply its ridiculous.

I really love the art style. I see what they've gone for with it and appreciate it. Spon on and very quirky. The fact its single-issue stories is a nice idea, too - the idea of tracking down back issues is what puts me off RID and MTMTE.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1583337)
Posted by Va'al on June 18th, 2014 @ 6:43am CDT
This is a quiet week for Transformers comics, in terms of new IDW Publishing output. Here at Seibertron.com, however, we wanted to make sure to give you the full sequential art coverage, and, before issue 1 actually hits stores next month, we went back to review the Free Comic Book Day Issue #0 of the new Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing!

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“Some missions are so secret, so sensitive, so serious that as far as America’s concerned--they never occurred. The agents sent on these classified missions are code-named Seibertron Comics Staff.”

---INITIATE REVIEW(ish) THING

As the saying goes, ‘these are not your father’s ________________’ -fill in the blank with whatever pop culture item, sports team, or ‘other’ that might be relevant at the time’ In this case, it’s ‘GI JOE VS. TRANSFORMERS’.

Tigertrack - TF VS. G.I. JOE or JOES VS TF (whichever is your slant) have had several incarnations over the years that have seen print, and even a few more that have not.

Va'al - (It's technically Transformers vs G.I. Joe..)

TT - Fine fine.

While not really moving either of the franchise’s further ahead in their respective universes these crossovers have proven to be fun elseworld stories, generally ‘what if’ type situations, that have left both franchise followers feeling less than satisfied asking several questions, including: why do they continue to do this?

The newest comic crossover between these two siblings may perhaps come closest to creating the feeling I had when I would play with and display my GI JOE and Transformers toys together when I was a child, and represents perhaps a very real portrayal of what I might have been thinking the story might have been like. I’m not quite sure if that is meant to be a compliment or not.

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V - See, I think that was my problem with this comic: I have never really been any part of anything that had something to do with G.I. Joe, despite the two franchises being so close through the years. It made it harder for me to assess what Tom Scioli and John Barber were trying to do plot, story and context-wise.

STORY

The FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ‘prequel’ sets up the future ongoing. One part Transformers to three parts GI JOE, this comic is more of a Joe-centric story than a TF story. The beginning of the book introduces Bumblebee and Starscream, and how they seemingly get themselves sprinkled into the middle of the final results of another COBRA threat that GI JOE is working bravely to thwart. But don’t let that fool you. The COBRA and GI JOE action is the main part, and Starscream and Bumblebee are only minor pieces of the pages they are in, seemingly unimportant to the actual threat of the creeper bombs that COBRA is about to unleash.

V - And here I felt that it was more of an introduction to G.I. Joe for readers like me, who have very little clue about the franchise. So while I'd agree it's more G.I. Joe in content, I'd say it's trying to appeal to regular Transformers readers - so it needs to say very little about our favourite transforming robots. The issue introduces many GI JOE and COBRA characters, using almost infodump-y tiny file cards as a means to share names and specialties. And jokes. And plot points. So many cards.

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TT - I like your point about it being an introduction to joe for TF fans, I often felt it was the transformers that drove (hah!) the stories and GI joe was there to get a boost or feed off TF popularity.

The story itself seems to take place before many of the characters are quite who we knew/know them to be yet. Duke is a ‘rookie’ who is constantly hitting on Scarlett ala Ripcord from THE RISE OF COBRA. Scarlett is possessed with taking down the COBRA COMMANDER. Snake Eyes is not yet mute or mutilated, he’s actually a very vocal, veteran leader. Other Joes from different parts of joe history show up like Doc, Roadblock, Wild Bill, Ace, and Bazooka.

ART

V - Now, the artwork. Tom Scioli is doing everything, from layouts to pencils to inks to colours, and is explicitly referencing a Kirby-esque Silver Age (debated term, but let's use it anyway) style of art. The facial expressions, the dots, the shadowing, the dots, the backgrounds - all the elements are there, undoubtedly.

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Does it always convince? No, not really. But I enjoyed it nonetheless, in a strange way of recognising its amibition and completely bonkers scope. The execution will divide a lot of opinions (and indeed already has) but there is no doubt in claiming that Scioli knows Kirby's work, and is a good sequential storyteller. Whether the style is what the two fandoms wanted is an entirely different conversation.

I believe my position of not really being that tied to either franchise in its early incarnations allows me to see this with a fresher perspective, and doesn't hit the 'childhood memories' of either. In fact, it captures the silliness of both series looking back on them now, in a fashion!

THOUGHTS

TT - The issue has some slapstick banter, hard core fighting, and a somewhat sweet payoff full page shot. Even more so there is the final page payoff, in which --

V - That thing happens, with those characters saying those things to each other.

Is it a must? Not sure. Is it fun? For me, it was: I found it amusing, ambitiously out there, with some interesting plotting and planning, some intriguing if not always convincing artwork (but impressive, as it's all Scioli's work, from start to finish). It's still free around the internet somewhere, so I'd give it a look if you can!

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TT - I suppose this series will replicate that previous formula of the Joes being the established Earthians to contact/conflict with the Transformer aliens and cobra looks to use the bots for their benefit somehow teaming with the cons and then double-crossing them. I'm not expecting much surprise-wise.

I still very much dislike the art. I think I know what is being attempted, I just find it pretty disappointing for the most part so far. The SDCC covers are very bothersome. But I will still work to support this and enjoy it, so maybe someday we can get the ultimate crossover.


We'll see what the actual first issue brings - but until then, GOOOO FORMERS!

----END REVIEW(ish) THING
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1583365)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 18th, 2014 @ 9:30am CDT
I thought this was a really fun romp. And while I'm hoping they eventually get around do a dead-serious toy line and comic book, this strikes a chord for any old G1 fan.

Most everyone my age watched the two cartoons back to back, and at some point read one or both of the comics... so doing a time warp 25 years back to your childhood for a grin is a surprise out of left field. Refreshing and fun comic to read. Art, banter, and outlandish plot points make it a great time.

Hoping they continue with at least a 4-part in this style. A recommended read, if only for the campy fun. Very enjoyable and light. Will make you feel like a kid again.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1583495)
Posted by cruizerdave on June 18th, 2014 @ 5:48pm CDT
Eh. I tried it.
The drawings are childish and sloppy. The writing is equally childish and sloppy. It's like they took the very worst aspects of both the original comic series, magnified them, and eliminated the good stuff, and then put it on the page.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1585509)
Posted by Va'al on June 24th, 2014 @ 5:42pm CDT
Courtesy of the official IDW Publishing Facebook page, we get a look at the subscription cover for issue #3 of the John Barber/Tom Scioli Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing - check out the Megatron-centric art below!

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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1585595)
Posted by MegaDump on June 25th, 2014 @ 12:20am CDT
They're charging money for this? I'd almost pay NOT to see that artwork again... Almost.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1585606)
Posted by Wolfguard on June 25th, 2014 @ 1:42am CDT
The Joes kinda remind me of those lil wrestling figures that came out during the late '80s.
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Posted by Dead Metal on June 25th, 2014 @ 3:44am CDT
The artwork looks a heck of a lot like that of boardmember of old GrimSqueaker.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1585690)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 25th, 2014 @ 10:57am CDT
I have to say... after reading the first one (and understanding it's a bit of a playful, joke comic)... I'm loving this series. The retro art and inside jokes really made me laugh... and feel like a child in the 80s again.

It was off putting at first, but by the time I reached the end of the comic I was sold.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592263)
Posted by Va'al on July 21st, 2014 @ 12:52pm CDT
The IDW comics have been taking a couple of breaks this month, but with this final week of July, they definitely catch up! Check out below a full preview,via Newsarama, for the first offering: the truly bonkers Transformers vs G.I. Joe #1! (And head back here on Wednesday to find out if we have finally formed an opinion on it..)

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Rob Liefeld!
Launching out of the smash-hit FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic!
ALL NEW STORY, ALL NEW ART!


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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592345)
Posted by 1984forever on July 21st, 2014 @ 6:14pm CDT
Scioli is the best artist in the whole 3rd grade!

But otherwise, I like this and I will buy ( and probably complain).
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592459)
Posted by Bleak5170 on July 22nd, 2014 @ 6:15am CDT
Never in my almost 40 years of reading comics has an art style turned me off so much. I could see this working for another comic or a kid's storybook, but it just doesn't fit G.I. Joe or the Transformers at all.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592487)
Posted by gothsaurus on July 22nd, 2014 @ 8:53am CDT
I think you have to be an older fan to really appreciate these... having read comics for a good 35 years, I can recognize that this art is homaging a different era of comics... and see it as the tongue-in-cheek, funny project it is.

But for younger or casual fans, it would look really childish and odd. Maybe after reading the trade paperbacks of all the 80s TF comics and the excellent UK series you could warm up to it and see the humor?
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592489)
Posted by Va'al on July 22nd, 2014 @ 8:58am CDT
I'm still getting my head around it, with a mixture of amusement, bemusement and confusion.

It's just so wacky in its scope!
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592490)
Posted by Darth Jumpy on July 22nd, 2014 @ 9:02am CDT
Ignoring the artwork, I enjoyed issue 0. The humor worked pretty well. I'll pick up this comic, but I do hope that they do something about the art eventually. I get that it is a homage, but the art that they are referencing never had this many issues, especially with the perspective.

Also, I hope that they stop making everything in red, including the speech bubbles, in the briefing room scenes. Trying to read black on dark red in this preview was just painful.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592494)
Posted by gothsaurus on July 22nd, 2014 @ 9:10am CDT
Yeah, I admit I kinda hated it until I read it. About 2/3 through I started to "get it" and by the end I was having a lot of fun. I think it's a good gimmick for a limited series. If they do an ongoing Joe/TF series, I'd want a serious reboot and some modern art.

That said, I really loved the older Dreamwave crossover that was so dark and painterly. It was really gritty. But I digress...
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592496)
Posted by Va'al on July 22nd, 2014 @ 9:15am CDT
I'd agree on the mini-series idea, rather than ongoing. But we'll see what happens to it after the initial run.

First issue is already on second printing!
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592754)
Posted by Downbeat on July 23rd, 2014 @ 3:55am CDT
I'm twenty one years old, and I'm digging on what's going on here. It isn't so much age as exposure to the material they're riffing on/basing it on that's a necessity, I think. Kirby, classic comics from the 70s and 80s, etc. It's an ungodly, beautiful chimera.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592913)
Posted by Va'al on July 23rd, 2014 @ 5:36pm CDT
Space Balls!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

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Or maybe it does..?


Story

On a completely different note, artistically, thematically, tonally, from the concluding issue of Windblade... This week also marks the beginning of a new Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing from the mind and hands of John Barber and Tom Scioli, co-plotting and co-writing the whole run (as far as we know, at least). We've seen issue #0, but come along for a look at the actual start of a new thing right below here.

[Credit: Tigertrack is remotely helping out with this review, though all conclusions are my own.]

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The Seibertron Comics staff


It's still completely out there. Nothing has shifted since Free Comic Book Day, as Barber and Scioli plot the arrival of Cybertronians onto Earth, as the Joes set out to meet a Decepticon delegation headed by Soundwave and the cassettes. Where is Cobra? Oh, they're there. Where are the Autobots? Do is it really matter at this point, with Soundwave taking centre stage?

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Bay or Liefeld?


Plot-wise, there's a simplicity which might turn some people off the book, almost going back to the original cartoon plots from the two series - but in comics form, revelling in the creative spaces left from a stripped down narrative. There are sight gags, wordplay moments, slapstick, and some quite good action sequences, too.

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Er.. action?


The countdown sequence in particular is well thought out, and really shows the decompressed, almost slowed down to the bare minimum approach that the writers are taking. And we end up picking up a plotline started in issue #0, almost to its conclusion, along with what I think is an extremely intriguing ending to the book. Both of them.

Art

Ok. So Tom Scioli is taking care of absolutely everything here, from layouts to lines to inks to colours to lettering, this is his book definitely a lot more than Barber's, and it's his vision of the two franchises that we're seeing, with his artistic tendencies and influences coming into it - and that will work two ways with readers: yes, or no.

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A divisive issue


I can't see a middle ground, to be honest, the style does not allow for it. And I have to say, after getting my head round issue #0, I've come to enjoy this one a lot more than jumping into the cold deep end straight away - though I think another one to fully enjoy it. Credit note: even with Scioli on everything, I do want to make a note towards Chris Mowry's production work on this, especially the page design, and Carlos Guzman on editing, which cannot have been easy.

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A sight to behold


As SDCC is coinciding with the launch of the new series in this first issue, multiple variant covers were to be expected; here's a list of what you can get: Rob Liefeld with Romulo Fajardo Jr, James Stokoe, several Tom Scioli ones, Jamie Tyndall with Ula Mos, interlocking, single, blank, GI Joe dominant, TF dominant - you name it! It's Liefeld and Fajardo in the thumbnail, in case you were wondering.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As we said in the double-team review of issue #0, this series is setting itself up to be completely bonkers, with a method in the madness. I can't stress this enough: it's not for everyone, it does not take itself seriously, but it does it with such a charm and clearly heartfelt research and execution of styles, references and planning that it will at least crack a smile.

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MERP


I am still ambivalent about the artwork, as much as I do like the darker hues and overly filled panels, but it does fit the entire concept of the book from what I take from it - and my opinion quite definitely is not that of the entire comics staff! But if you're into your nostalgia pandering, your cosmic sagas, celebrations and parodying in parallel, this is definitely an issue for you - TF or Joe fan alike.


NOTE: There will be no 'rating' for this series, unless I change my mind drastically next month.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592931)
Posted by Convoy on July 23rd, 2014 @ 6:40pm CDT
A rating too high to post, huh?
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592936)
Posted by Va'al on July 23rd, 2014 @ 6:47pm CDT
Convoy wrote:A rating too high to post, huh?


It's something like twentyfive purples out of D snakes.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592942)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 23rd, 2014 @ 7:02pm CDT
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Every time I see this, I keep coming back to this:

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Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1592962)
Posted by Darth Jumpy on July 23rd, 2014 @ 9:42pm CDT
Even though I am still not a fan of the artwork, I did have an easier time following what was going on than in issue 0.

Besides that, I did really enjoy this issue and it made me chuckle a few times. Like the review said, it seems closer to the original cartoons than the comics, especially in terms of ridiculousness.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1593015)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2014 @ 4:56am CDT
Merp.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1593034)
Posted by Tigertrack on July 24th, 2014 @ 6:36am CDT
Well at least we have another joe and TF series. And they really seem to be trying to cram in tons of joe vehicles and characters. Sadly, there's still not a lot of TFs. 0 Autobots this issue. Bets on the joes blowing up bumblebee or another Autobot next issue?
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1593035)
Posted by 1984forever on July 24th, 2014 @ 6:45am CDT
This thing is just crazy.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1593039)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2014 @ 6:58am CDT
Someone pointed out elsewhere that this comic is getting a lot of good buzz from comics readers that are not strictly part of either fandom - which is excellent news for the writers, publisher and franchises, to be honest!

It might be one of those gateway series into the Transformers/G.I. Joe published universes, and that can only mean well for future ventures.
Re: Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Preview (1593041)
Posted by Tigertrack on July 24th, 2014 @ 7:02am CDT
Va'al wrote:Someone pointed out elsewhere that this comic is getting a lot of good buzz from comics readers that are not strictly part of either fandom - which is excellent news for the writers, publisher and franchises, to be honest!

It might be one of those gateway series into the Transformers/G.I. Joe published universes, and that can only mean well for future ventures.


That's my hope.
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