Published: January, 2007
Written by: Tim Seeley, Josh Blaylock
Art by: Andrew Wildman
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero & The Transformers by Hasbro
Devil’s Due Publishing, 160 Pages
At long last, I have gotten to the fourth and final volume in Devil’s Due Publishing’s G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers epic crossover series. This is what everything was building towards, as it features the emergence of Cobra-La and Unicron, the two biggest threats in either franchise and the main antagonists of both franchises’ original motion pictures. Fans of both G.I. Joe and The Transformers should understand the scale of this threat. This is essentially the Infinity War story for the Hasbro/Marvel/Sunbow shared universe.
However, as enjoyable as this tale was, I was slightly disappointed with it. Don’t get me wrong, it had some really cool bits but it was fairly underwhelming. I liked it about the same as the previous story, which featured Serpentor. I felt that one was a step down from the previous two and while this one isn’t another step down, it just isn’t as good as the first two G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers crossover events.
Sure, we got to see Golobulus and Unicron in all their glory but neither was that difficult to defeat, after a massive buildup. Unicron was easily defeated by Flint and Cosmos, who flew into Unicron’s massive body, got to his brain and infected it with metal dissolving spores grown by the people of Cobra-La.
Most of the story takes place in Tibet, at the site of the Cobra-La stronghold. So the vast majority of what we see is just snow and caverns. There’s not a lot in terms of cool and nice looking landscapes. This certainly isn’t as beautiful of a book as the first volume in the crossover that saw a major battle take place on Cobra Island that featured G.I. Joe, Cobra, the Autobots and the Decepticons. And for the threat present in this story, this volume feels the least grandiose.
Still, this was a good way to wrap up this shared universe between the two franchises. We get more time with some of the beloved characters but some are noticeably missing, as this series liked to take some liberties and kill off fan favorites.
It kind of sucks that Megatron was killed very early on and we never got to see Galvatron in any of the volumes. Also, we never got to see Hot Rod become Rodimus Prime. While he shows some leadership skill at points, he’s just kind of an immature jackass most of the time.
G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers was a really good series, despite a few low points. I enjoy the franchises so there was a lot of stuff to sink my teeth into. Most of all, it was really fun and that’s mainly all I actually want out of these two great properties from my childhood.
Pairs well with: The other G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers collections.