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The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 - I Saw Three Ships Review

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Knowing is half the battle. Decepticons are the other half.

The Good

Tom Scioli (co-writer, artist, colorist, letterer) and John Barber's (co-writer) TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #1 is such a fun love letter to the classic years of both franchises.This isn't a slick and modern look at what would happen if these two popular franchises clashed. Instead, we're treated to a world that feels like it's pulled right from the golden age and full of wonderful Jack Kirby-esque artwork.

Seeing as this is a new timeline, the gloves are off and anything and everything can happen in this limited series (TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #0 showed this with Snake-Eyes and Bumblebee). This gives the co-writers the chance to do whatever they want and you can really tell they're passionate about these franchises. So many characters are thrown into the mix and some pages feel like the result of a fan playing with sets of toys from both iconic franchises. Many of these are just so enjoyable and there's a consistent feeling of nostalgia, excitement, and anticipation for what's to come.

The story may not be anything out of the ordinary but it's more than enough to bring these worlds together and has a hook or two that's sure to keep things interesting and exhilarating. The co-writers know readers are shelling out money to see these famous characters leap into battle and they've certainly wasted no time making sure that happens right away. Throw in the classic vibe and delightfully fitting visuals (even the page borders seem a bit aged) and the end result is something that's guaranteed to please longtime fans of both franchises.

The Bad

As much as I appreciate the artwork, some pages felt a little too crowded (be it characters or dialogue boxes). The occasional splash page of a battle is quite cool, but this was used frequently and sometimes it was less effective. And even though the visuals are very commendable, it's noticeable that a few bits feel static instead of conveying the pure energy and craziness behind the situation.

The Verdict

TRANSFORMER VS. G.I. JOE is a dream come true for lovers of the early animated shows and classic comics. The creative team does a ridiculously good job making this feel like a comic taken from the golden era and reprinted for modern audiences to enjoy. Now, that's not saying it's blatantly dated and doesn't hold up! It has the kind of dialogue you'd see in many of the classic comics -- it sometimes embraces this for an intentional laugh -- but it never loses sight of its objective: to have a blast and deliver pure fan service. It definitely succeeds with that goal and will absolutely leave you wanting to see more.

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Posted by DcNoobReviews

i have to force myself not to buy this and it sucks! I wanna read it so bad but i can not afford another monthly, in fact, i have to cut some pulls today :( . i was sadly have to wait for the trade

Posted by Figgs216

How may times have they done this?

Posted by Transformers1024

If that's not on the covers of the week I am going to be so angry.

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Posted by Dudelicious

Personally, I found this to be the worst Transformers comic I have ever read, and I've been reading TF comics since the 80s.

Posted by Farkam

Personally, I found this to be the worst Transformers comic I have ever read, and I've been reading TF comics since the 80s.

okkkkkk then...

Posted by NightFang

If that's not on the covers of the week I am going to be so angry.

Posted by DcNoobReviews

ok i folded, nostalgia got me. I like it alot, there was so much going on in every panel tho i wish they toned it down, but i understand the eagerness of wanting to incorporate so many different awesome characters and personalities.

keep it comin cant wait for next month

Posted by Transformers1024

How long is this series?

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Posted by SuperiorBeast

I absolutely adore this series.