COMIC TITLE: G.I. Joe vs Transformers #1 (2003)
Mike S. Miller– Artist
Josh Blaylock– Writer
June 25, 2003
I wanted to start this article off by thanking all the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces during times of war because today is Memorial Day. I figured to help celebrate Memorial Day we would look at some soldiers of a different kind as two of the greatest cartoons to come from the 1980’s join together for one epic battle as it’s G.I. Joe vs Transformers which was released in June of 2003 by Image Comics. The comic was written by Josh Blaylock (Hack/Slash & Mercy Sparx: A Slice of Hell) and it was illustrated by Mike S. Miller (Injustice: Gods Among Us) as we cover issue one for you. While exploring a lead in the caves, Cobra Commander and Co. discover some strange robot looking machines that looked like they have been preserved. Meanwhile, some time later, things are heating up in Washington D.C. and some soldiers including one named Snake Eyes are tasked with being security for an event. Everything looks normal until they get some word that an enemy attack is underway, but Cobra proves to be too much forcing our government to form a special group called G.I. Joe. The only question is whether or not they’ll be able to stop these Cobra and these giant machines?
I kind of like the fact that it’s sort of an origin story that we are given here as the world gets introduced to Cobra and the Transformers. It makes perfect sense if you are trying to connect the two worlds in order to create a cool universe, but I don’t think they’ve tried it. I definitely love that you get to see what kind of a person and what Snake Eyes looked like before the mask and all. Cobra Commander still has that mystique about him in this comic because he hasn’t failed yet. One of the other cool things is that they introduce the laser weaponry in this comic as well as if it was technology that Cobra invented. Things are definitely about to get interesting in this story as we get to see G.I. Joe fully form I assume in the next issue and I look forward to checking it out. I definitely liked the artwork because Mike S. Miller does a great job staying true to the cartoon for both sides and usually that is all I ask for when it comes to certain properties that I love. Check it out and check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+