Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2

Writer: Tom Scioli, John Barber Artist: Tom Scioli Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
7.0Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

BOOTS ON THE GROUND! The war has begun-and no bars will be held!  SCARLETT's forces go head-to-head with MEGATRON's hordes-and the most off-beat adventure in comic book history hits a new level of dangerous alliances, deadly invasions, and devastating betrayals!

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Stuff Like That Aug 28, 2014

    Full-auto comic book genius! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Aug 28, 2014

    The juxtaposition of a precision operation against a gigantic robotic dinosaur puts the improbability of the situation front and center, allowing Scioli to up the ante of ridiculousness without feeling overblown in a comic that's unabashedly Silver Age. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Tres Dean Aug 28, 2014

    The series isn't going to draw in anybody not already sold on the concept or Scioli's work but for anyone already interested in either, it's the perfect comic. Reading this book is the best possible reminder of how much fun it was to play with your toys as a kid. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 27, 2014

    TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE is loaded with old school and over-the-top action. Looking at the standard cover really does tell you everything you need to know about this series. It has wonderful and cheerworthy Jack Kirby-esque visuals, classic characters, and the plot exists just to make sure these two sides clash as much as possible. It's silly, it's exciting, and best of all, it's a lot of fun. It's definitely not for everyone, but those who do appreciate this series are sure to smile a whole lot while reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 2, 2014

    While this formula has a potential to grow old fast with future installments, the second chapter sets a great tone for what lies ahead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Aug 27, 2014

    The book overloads the reader with characters as they try to figure out who is doing what and this really takes away from the action sequences. However, the 80s style artwork adds a uniqueness factor that is not seen in today's modern comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Aug 26, 2014

    All in all, this is a very successful issue, even if it is appealing to a niche audience. Still, there are people who want this and I think they will find this a very satisfying read. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Sep 1, 2014

    Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2 continues to be the book that is for the kid in the fans of the franchise. Every idea and moment is something that any child could have imagined while playing with Transformers and G.I. Joe toys. The story is fun and light-hearted while paying respect to the franchises and I loved the role reversal taking place. Tom Scioli's art instills a sense of the original comics but is very divisive. For everything that I liked about the art there was something that I disliked as well. It is certainly make it or break it for the reader but those willing to give it a shot will find something fun. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Aug 27, 2014

    I fully understand that a level of campiness resides in many iconic and beloved properties. The Batman television series did it. The Rocky Horror Picture Show grew a cult following because of its endearing oddness. But those examples are campy because they seem silly to us now. Trying to imbue a Transformers comic book with campiness might have seemed a great idea at first. However, this comic book with its less-than-devotional tongue-in-cheek look now comes off as insulting. Yes, the 80s did have some silly execution and sheer absurdity in its productions (like ALF"a show that I still love). Transformers vs. G.I. Joe flounders because it should have been a one-shot laugh like an Amalgam book (Darkclaw, anyone?); instead, it has become a four-issue series (with each issue having multiple covers) that wallows in poor design and execution rather than tell a dynamic story to venerate its title characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nomadic Avenger Aug 30, 2014

    While the first issue was a little stronger, issue 2 was still a ton of fun! I understand if this title isn't for everyone, but anyone growing up with either the GI Joe or Transformers cartoons with receive a nostalgic blast! After reading this issue, I was reminded how much fun these figures can be. Looking forward to next issue!

  • 3.0
    Gizmo Aug 28, 2014

    Marginally better than the first issue in that I can at least infer as to what is happening. This isn't saying a whole lot though, I've already gotten over the novelty for the concept after reading the first issue. Read the current Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet if you want to see campy nostalgia done right. This is just poor draftsmanship and lazy storytelling, overpriced at $3.99. I think it's even worse when you read the creators in the back matter patting each other on the back. If you want to recreate the 80s comics, why not print it on shitty newsprint and charge $1.99? This series deserves no better treatment, it's clearly a money grab. Yes, you have to pay the creators, but I guarantee that they aren't spending much time on this, Scioli openly admits that all the layouts were done in a day sitting at a FCBD signing.

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