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IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 3:40AM CDT

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Posted by: Va'al   Views: 30,251

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Ain't Easy Being Green
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
BOOTS ON THE GROUND! The war has begun—and no bars will be held! SCARLETT’s forces go head-to-head with MEGATRON’s hordes—and the most off-beat adventure in comic book history hits a new level of dangerous alliances, deadly invasions, and devastating betrayals!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
Flagg: F**k yeah


Story

The introduction to Tom Scioli's world of G.I. Joe and Transformers has really been like nothing else so far, in issues #0 and #1, even with John Barber's vigilant watch. And issue #2 continues the streak of whatever-it-is this comic is doing, with its anachronistically retro style and feeling, toy advertising without the products and general action-packed whimsicalness.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
I.. wut.. huh


We headed with Scarlett's team to Cybertron at the end of last issue, and this is where we find ourselves straight away, as the Joe team brings the war begun by the Decepticons to their own turf - and it sets up the rest of the universe, as Autobots are subjugated by the Kirby-esque merciless godhead figure of Megatron, and his minions.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
Thanos Darkseid Megatron on his throne


Though the big bad gun is a slow build-up, Scioli does not hold back on the even bigger, if not the brighter, guns: Trypticon and Devastator, all still through the (I guess) military eyes of Scarlett and the other humans, searching for targets in true Earthican foreign policy: stamp on, blow up, then investigate the remains.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
...eeeeeEEEEEEEE...


There are some amusing references to the nature of all the characters and their plastic counterparts, though as I said, without the toys existing. The dialogue is still completely over the top, and is still not for everyone, along with the thread being very very thin, though a little tighter than last month. But it's also extremely enjoyable if you can buy into the whole premise.

Art

And I suppose, the artwork. Tom Scioli perseveres in his Silver Age style of dotted galaxies, peculiar proportions, referential work (with Flash Gordon also featuring in some scene set-ups, as the commentary expands upon), mirroring what is already present in the dialogue and set-up with the visual style that some readers still consider a hurdle.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
How can you not love it..?


Personally, however, I find that not only does the style really work with the aim of the series, it allows Scioli as both writer and artist to place all of his toys across the drawing board, and just go wild with the colours, interactions and the stupidly fun lettering touches, from the titles to the ID cards to explosions and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
..EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE...


I applauded the production of the book last issue as well, but it is nice to see Chris Mowry's work still shaping the final product. I am not a gigantic fan of the exclusive Liefeld and Tyndale covers, but the Ed Piskor Cobra heavy one and the two Scioli versions are perfectly in keep with the tone and content of the book (thumbnail: Retail Incentive cover by Scioli).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If you're not on board with Transformers vs G.I. Joe by now, I'd recommend to stop trying. This comic is clearly not for you, and by no fault of the readership. It is doing what it does unapologetically, and received warm-heartedly by many for very good reasons, and it's little to do with the actual lore of the franchises involved in the crossover, if only maybe as reference material and gags. And Scioli and Barber are clearly having barrels of fun with it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review
Pictured: Barber and/or Scioli


What is particularly enjoyable, is that after the rollercoaster up a snake with wings in its nose that is the story, the two creators give themselves almost the same amount of space to talk about what went into the creation of the issue, page by page, panel by panel, deconstructing the whole frame and proving just how not seriously this is to be taken - but also how to, if so one wished. I will stop warning readers about this by next issue, but enjoy some green mean killing machines in #2 for now.
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Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1602522)
Posted by hinomars19 on August 28th, 2014 @ 2:39pm CDT
This actually looks like a lot of fun! I've never been a Joe fan, and whilst the vs comics never caught my attention, I'd certainly like the idea of it becoming toys. However this comic looks like just what the doctor ordered-a good dose of fun in a franchise (TF) that seems to be trying too hard and failing everywhere! I'm so exhausted by the toys nowadays, they say they are going back to kid friendly but they look as appealing as cheap knockoffs. IDW's main TF titles sound awesome in themselves, but I feel the fandom get a bit too heavy and that adds negative weight to the stories (Gender, Hard head and Rewind, etc) I try not to dislike Bay's movies, but seriously the whole thing is also so very exhausting now.
This comic looks like a nice dose of marmite-you either love it or hate it! It's not trying to be agnostic or please everyone. If you hate it, you're not gonna discuss it or try to disect or argue it, and if you love it, you'll clearly have a blast. If I could find comics in my area, I'd probably get into this series for a nice bit of Brain down time! :KREMZEEK:
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611478)
Posted by Va'al on October 7th, 2014 @ 5:36am CDT
In other IDW Publishing news this week, we also have a preview for the return of the crackers comics crossover: Transformers vs GI Joe #3! Check out below the first handful of pages from the issue, and check back in with Seibertron.com later this week for a review.

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you've never seen a send-off like this!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!


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Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611499)
Posted by Optimizzy on October 7th, 2014 @ 8:15am CDT
oh man. I just cant like this art. sorry.

I'm sure there are people who do...for whatever reason, but it is, in a word, ugly.

I guess it has nostalgic value...it reminds me of the pictures I drew in 5th grade.
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611512)
Posted by dragons on October 7th, 2014 @ 8:46am CDT
Optimizzy wrote:oh man. I just cant like this art. sorry.

I'm sure there are people who do...for whatever reason, but it is, in a word, ugly.

I guess it has nostalgic value...it reminds me of the pictures I drew in 5th grade.


I was
Thinking I was only one don't like this style
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611523)
Posted by Blozor on October 7th, 2014 @ 9:10am CDT
I think they're going for the early Marvel style of both comics.

However, why is Starscream like Underbase sized?
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611559)
Posted by cruizerdave on October 7th, 2014 @ 10:14am CDT
This book just gets worse. I thought it would grow on me. NO. It's terrible. The art is terrible, the writing is terrible. Yeah, I know, it's intentional, but just because it's intentionally bad doesn't make it good.
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611563)
Posted by Flashwave on October 7th, 2014 @ 10:17am CDT
For that matter, why is the purple cyclops calling himself SOUNDwave
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611583)
Posted by Siger on October 7th, 2014 @ 11:13am CDT
What the hell is up with the size? If Starscream transformed, he'd be 20x bigger than those jets falling into the sea. Same goes for Soundwave, they are all Godzilla sized?
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611597)
Posted by Darth Jumpy on October 7th, 2014 @ 11:51am CDT
Flashwave wrote:For that matter, why is the purple cyclops calling himself SOUNDwave


He isn't. Soundwave died in the first issue. Shockwave is avenging his death.


I still do not like the art style, but I do think the comic captures some of the goofiness and bizarreness of the cartoon series.
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611652)
Posted by Siger on October 7th, 2014 @ 2:34pm CDT
My bad, typo on Shockwave's name because I read Soundwave off of the panel too lol.
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611751)
Posted by TheCrookedMan on October 7th, 2014 @ 6:17pm CDT
This comic is fantastic. What if Steranko and Kirby worked on Transformers and G.I. Joe?
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611767)
Posted by timcourtois on October 7th, 2014 @ 7:30pm CDT
I also hated the art style... until I downloaded issue #1 and read it. Then I feel like I began to "get" it. The art does some really interesting & fantastic things with perspective that's actually really skillful and unique. Once I started to enjoy that, I found myself appreciating the retro style more and more.

That's not to say that there's anything wrong with those who just don't like it. But there may be some of you for whom giving the book a read may actually change how you feel.
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1611889)
Posted by morphobots on October 7th, 2014 @ 11:44pm CDT
Siger wrote:What the hell is up with the size? If Starscream transformed, he'd be 20x bigger than those jets falling into the sea. Same goes for Soundwave, they are all Godzilla sized?


Well, it's not like scale has ever mattered in this hobby. That being said . . . :shock: #-o :BANG_HEAD:
Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1623155)
Posted by Va'al on November 19th, 2014 @ 3:34pm CST
They took a break, but the cosmic crossover of Transformers vs G.I. Joe comics is back soon, thanks to a preview up on iTunes. Expect the full preview and release to appear in the next two weeks, and check out the mirrored images from Mariel Romero's screenshots below!

THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home—and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS—on Earth and Cybertron. Plus—just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!


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Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1624432)
Posted by Va'al on November 25th, 2014 @ 2:52am CST
Plenty of comics news this week from IDW Publishing! Everyone is writing and arting everything, as not only Angry Birds Transformers is out, but so are the new issue of Transformers vs G.I. Joe, MTMTE and the first issue of Drift: Empire of Stone - check out the preview for the cosmic comic by Scioli and Barber below!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #4
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home—and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS—on Earth and Cybertron. Plus—just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The biggest crossover the cosmos has ever faced JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER!!!
Ask your retailer about the Tom Scioli connecting variant cover! Connects with the variants for #2 & #3 creating one big piece!


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Re: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 Review (1624931)
Posted by Va'al on November 26th, 2014 @ 4:49pm CST
Review is coming, by the way, for this one and issue #3 (which somehow never made it onto here).
I'm just a bit stuck with connection issues and time. :)
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