Published: April 6th, 2004
Written by: Josh Blaylock
Art by: Mike S. Miller
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero & The Transformers by Hasbro
Devil’s Due Publishing, 160 Pages
G.I. Joe and The Transformers have always existed in the same universe since the 1980s. Even if they only had a hint at a crossover when Cobra Commander appeared as a character named Snake in a very late episode of The Transformers cartoon, young boys in the ’80s knew that they occupied a similar space. The Transformers just exist a little bit further into the future, so they never really crossed over with the G.I. Joe and Cobra characters when those groups were at their peak.
The story here is interesting and Devil’s Due did a good job bringing these properties together in a practical and creative way. While it isn’t as fabulous as the old school Larry Hama G.I. Joe stories, it was well crafted and had the same sort of spirit.
In this chapter of this massive crossover that spanned four large stories, we meet the Transformers as they are unearthed by Cobra Commander and his Cobra minions. They crash landed on Earth at some point in the past. Cobra then uses the Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons, along with their alien technology to give them an advantage in their quest for world domination. G.I. Joe is formed after the initial Cobra attack and we also get to meet Autobots Wheeljack and Bumblebee, who have been lying in wait for the perfect moment to make their presence known. The Joes and the two Autobot heroes work together to free the other Autobots in an effort to protect Earth from Cobra and the Decepticons. Everything comes to a big awesome finale on Cobra Island in the Caribbean.
One real highlight for me was seeing two of my favorite childhood toys merged as one, as Cobra had Optimus Prime in the vehicle form of a H.I.S.S. tank.
This story is full of wonderful art, an engaging story that reinvents the mythos quite a bit while not necessarily betraying anything, great battles and just a whole lot of nostalgic fun. This is the comic book version of the crossover battles I would have on my bedroom floor as a kid in the ’80s.
Luckily, there are three sequels to this series.
Pairs well with: The other G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers collections.