Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

Writer: Tom Scioli, John Barber Artist: Tom Scioli Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race-and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive-their version of "peace" does not match our own...

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jul 22, 2014

    As I've been writing this review, it's taken all of my strength not to make this simple, “Buy this now!” and move on. There's only so many details to go into here as to how amazing this comic is. You could show this comic to someone who doesn't read comics, that loves both properties, and they would want more. In all honesty, you're likely going to wish this would have been an animated series back in the day. If ever there was a gateway tool to get people comics, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is it. Buy this comic immediately,no matter how old you are, you're going to have a great time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jul 23, 2014

    Transformers VS. G.I. Joe #1 is a comic you can hardly explain, it's something that just has to be experienced. Scioli and Barber are absolutely crazy, but it's a great kind of crazy that makes for a comic you'll want to share with your friends. Whether you're a Transformer fan, a G.I. Joe fan, or just a fan of retro goodness, this is one for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jul 24, 2014

    And that light is the flare from a thousand Americans with stupid codenames firing missiles at robot/animal/car hybrids who may or may not team up with a terrorist organization whose only goal is snakes. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Jul 22, 2014

    This is just pure comic book fun, even if the energy is so kinetic the story takes a fierce backseat to action. The art is hands down some of the most enjoyable Ive seen in 2014, and the cover features a G.I. Joe in a #14 football jersey shooting a bazooka at Optimus Prime. Come on. A child could pick up this issue today and be immersed in comics forever, and any adult could find him or herself remembering why they fell in love in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 23, 2014

    TRANSFORMER VS. G.I. JOE is a dream come true for lovers of the early animated shows and classic comics. The creative team does a ridiculously good job making this feel like a comic taken from the golden era and reprinted for modern audiences to enjoy. Now, that's not saying it's blatantly dated and doesn't hold up! It has the kind of dialogue you'd see in many of the classic comics -- it sometimes embraces this for an intentional laugh -- but it never loses sight of its objective: to have a blast and deliver pure fan service. It definitely succeeds with that goal and will absolutely leave you wanting to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier Jul 23, 2014

    Scioli and Barber are creating a light hearted but respectful tale of two Hasbro properties with a history of meeting up in the pages of comics under various publishers. Transformers vs G.I. Joe is surprising fun. Theres a hint of insanity in each page and dialogue but not enough to be disrespectful to the source material. Evidence that the creative team has done their research is reflected on each page which makes Transformers vs G.I. Joe a fun summer read for Transformers, G.I. Joe and comic book fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Jul 23, 2014

    Whether you've been a fan of Transformers and/or G.I. Joe for years or if you've somehow never heard of the franchises, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is definitely worth picking up. Just try to get your hands on the (free!) zero-issue first. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 23, 2014

    This comic may not be what fans expected from a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover. But I think that's why it works. Sometimes you just have to embrace the ridiculous nature of a concept and run with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 23, 2014

    Still, that doesn't quite excuse the mindless nature of this comic. Despite some of the self deprecating humor, it's mostly style over substance. The plot trades a coherent plot for massive action scenes, and this doesn't benefit the comic. It's certainly cool, but, beyond that, there's not much to this comic. Character development? Nope. In fact, all the characters really seem to blend together. Maybe for GI Joe fans, that won't be the case. However, for fans who are new to the franchise, there should be some type of introduction to the characters, because honestly, I don't really care about any of them. Again, maybe that's because I'm not a part of this book's target audience. I'll be the first to admit that, but still, this issue is marked as a #1. As such, it seems logical that there would be some form of introduction. Otherwise, as this book does, the writers run the risk of cutting out a large swath of readers who are unfamiliar with the franchises. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 29, 2014

    This is a book that because of the stylized art involved won't appeal to everyone, but for those that it does appeal to, it will exceed expectations. The art is as crazy, creative, and fun as it should be when combining these two storied franchises. This is just the start of the series that Scioli has big plans for and plans on staying with for the foreseeable future. Scioli and Barber are doing what they want with these characters and enjoying the freedom of a clean slate. As long as he and Barber can tighten up the storytelling, then this book should have the bright future that they, and fans both desire. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Erik Radvon Jul 24, 2014

    Fans of IDW's previous G.I. Joe and Transformers offerings won't find much of anything familiar here. This version of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe takes place firmly in the Scioli-verse, free of any continuity or ties to established precedents. It's a straight-up strange trip, fun in parts but rather hollow as well. The bombastic comic art is a without question special draw in this case and garners bonus points for the book. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a nutty ride that viewers of the old cartoons and previous toy owners will get a kick out of, but fans of the characters themselves may feel is lacking. It's a crazy comic book, and one that strays far from providing definitive takes on the characters it plays with, but freewheeling craziness is kind of what comics are all about. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jul 28, 2014

    How much you will like Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 depends on two things: your love of the properties and feelings about the art. There's enough nostalgia here for old time fans to go nuts over but the art style is a deal breaker for some. Fans wanting to feel like a kid in 1984 again may want to pick this one up. I personally had a blast and will now be spending the next hour playing with toys. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Joe Tower Jul 29, 2014

    I get it. I get the joke. But it's a stupid joke. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Jul 22, 2014

    All in all, this really depends on the reader. If you're looking for a strong retro vibe, feel free to pick this up, otherwise you may just find this old and bland. Read Full Review

  • 3.4
    Word Of The Nerd - The Nerd Jul 25, 2014

    I truly hate to give a bad review of any comic, and I try my best to find something that I like in any comic I review. I found it extremely difficult to find anything worthy of praise for this issue of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. I understand that writers Tom Scioli and John Barber, along with art by Tom Scioli were trying to re-create the look and feel of the classic Transformers and G.I Joe comics. Based solely on that, they did a great job. Unfortunately I was never a big fan of those comics so the endeavor just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I will give them an A+ for effort, but this just wasn't good for me. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 4, 2014

    If the story is crap the visuals aren't that much better. Although I don't have an issue with John Barber's nostalgic throwback-style art of some of my favorite characters from both franchisees, I was very much distracted by the attempt to make the comic look like faded newsprint of an 80s comic on glossy current comic stock. The attempt to make the comic feel vintage actually makes it look incredibly cheap and (even more) half-assed. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 0.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jul 23, 2014

    Please don't pay the $4 for this comic book. Save your money or donate it to charity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dr.Detroit Jul 27, 2014

    This book is Tom Scioli on display. If you like American Barbarian, this is that but with GI Joe and Transformers. For me that equals everything I want in a comic book. Thank you IDW.

  • 3.0
    Gizmo Jul 31, 2014

    The art is fun and whimsical, but there is no story to speak of. I'm a huge Transformers fan and I like G.I. Joe, but I need some sort of cohesive narrative, not just a bunch of doodles of toys.

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