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Comic Review:
Transformers/G.I. Joe #1
By Buck Weiss


Dreamwave Productions – John Ney Rieber (w) Jae Lee (a)

Growing up a child of the eighties, I remember a time when I had to make the ultimate choice: Transformers or G.I. Joe. I decided quickly and dived headlong into the Transformers camp. I had all I could afford, which wasn’t many, but the ones I have are still with me today.

When I heard that Dreamwave Productions announced that they were bringing Transformers back to comics I signed on for a while but never got the nostalgia back, at least not until now. I was drawn to the shelf by Jae Lee’s cover but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of Rieber’s story.

In the winter of 1939 Cobra finds the greatest of all weapons: the Transformers Ark. They awaken the Deceptions and with their help conquer and destroy most of Europe. All the greats: Soundwave, Megatron, and the ever witty Starscream are here, along with all the main Cobra baddies.

Meanwhile, the American government decides that they need a team of specialists to handle Cobra and we witness the birth of the Joes. We get to see the recruitment of Stalker and Snake-Eyes by Flint and are reintroduced to the gorgeously rendered Scarlett.

The newly formed team decides to attack Cobra at their base and mobilize for a strike. On their way in they stumble across the giant robots that will help them level (and I do mean level) the playing field.

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If you are a Transformer and G.I. Joe fan than this crossover is not to be missed. The banter between Starscream and Cobra Commander (at one point he tells Cobra Commander that “Heroes are born to die”) and the portrayal of Snake-Eyes alone is worth the $2.95 price tag. If you never read a comic, seen a cartoon, or played with an action figure of these two 80’s toy giants in your life you will be impressed with the art work but might want to start with one of the main titles.

Jae Lee’s art is amazing and one of the main reasons I picked up this book. His style is gritty providing that look of old world war machines to the robots and a look of tired determination to the people. The one disappointment is the lack of vehicle modes shown in the issue.

Dreamwave promised readers that they would deliver redesigned characters but there is little represented here -- The Autobots aren’t shown at all and the only Decepticon we see in Vehicle mode is a World War II-style Starscream.

John Ney Rieber seems to have developed quite a story with great dialogue and enough action to bring me back for more next month.

The one thing I was disappointed in was the multitude of covers put out for this and all the 80’s nostalgia books that Dreamwave produces. Don’t get caught up in this scam! Holofoil covers are cheap ploys to steal your money and if you think they will ever be worth anything you’re dead wrong. Learn from an early 90’s collector. I was a fool then so you won’t have to be now.

Final Score: 4.5/5


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