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.