Published: May 25th, 2005
Written by: Dan Jolley, Josh Blaylock
Art by: Tim Seeley, E.J. Su, others
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero & The Transformers by Hasbro
Devil’s Due Publishing, 128 Pages
I thought that the first G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers story would be hard to top but this one did it.
The story picks up sometime after the events of the first story. Here, we see Cobra Commander reveal to Destro that he still has control of Starscream and that he has learned about an alien computer on Cybertron that controls a network of wormholes for instant travel around that planet. With that device, Cobra could easily take over Earth. Cobra then finds themselves on Cybertron and a big fight breaks out between Cobra and G.I. Joe, which damages the alien computer, sending Transformers back to Earth at different points throughout time. G.I. Joe, Cobra and some of the Transformers then have to work together to save Earth, which will be ravaged by the power of the damaged computer for centuries. Members of G.I. Joe and Cobra break off into different groups and go to different points in time to rescue the displaced Transformers in an effort to set things right.
The thing I really like about this specific tale in the G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers crossovers, is the entertainment value of the multiple squads of G.I. Joe and Cobra members. I also love the time travel part, as we get to see the past and a potential future where a crippled and slightly mad Duke leads a resistance force of reformed Dreadnoks against Shockwave’s Decepticon forces. I also like that Shockwave is the big villain of this story, as I always felt that he was too cool to be as underutilized as he was in the original cartoon.
But then there is the big badass ending! I don’t mean to spoil anything, so ignore the rest of this paragraph if you don’t want spoilers but Dusty shows up from prehistoric times with the Dinobots and they literally tear shit up! It’s absolutely friggin’ glorious!
The thing I also love about this series is the art. Devil’s Due Publishing always put out really dynamic comic books with great colors and fantastic illustrations. It’s unfortunate that they had money problems and weren’t paying some of their creative staff properly, which lead to some departures, such as Hack/Slash moving to Image Comics. I always liked how they handled the G.I. Joe and The Transformers franchises but they’ve also been in good hands since going to IDW Publishing and being rebooted.
G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers, Vol. 2 is a great example of Devil’s Due at their creative best, though. A solid story, amazing art and characters that are adored by every boy that grew up in the mid ’80s.
Pairs well with: Other chapters in the G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers series by Devil’s Due.