Saturday, October 12, 2013

NYCC 2013: Shockwave Meets Snake-Eyes As Transformers / G.I. Joe Ongoing Series Hits

One of the best parts of growing up 80's, was the ability to get all your Cobra action figures together and have them take on the Autobots - creating your own franchise crossover, before you even knew what a franchise crossover was! While the two powerhouse brands have met in a variety of mini-series over the years, IDW are launching an all new Transformers / G.I. Joe ongoing in 2014, written and drawn by Tom Scioli and co-written by John Barber.

From the sounds of it, the summer debut will pump up the energon just in time for both brands respective anniversaries! Set on Cybertron rather than Earth, how will the Joe's cope on an entire world consumed by war? Will Destro be an 'arms dealer' when  the streets are beyond his most advanced technology? The concept possibilities alone are more mind-bending than Doctor Mindbender!

Says Scioli “We’re asking big questions. Is war an inevitable condition of life? What is free will?...  The Transformer characters push the boundaries of what shapes life can take in this infinite universe of ours. Perhaps it will be a machine that teaches us what it is to be human.”

Those were pretty much the questions my action figure melees asked too. Not that I'm stealing credit or anything.

 What do you think? 


  1. never one to shay away from handing out some unsolicited critiquing i gotta tell tell ya that cover art would not prompt me to want to pick up that comic. it reminds me way too much of old school dikto especially with the way Destro and Hawk are drawn. i just don't want to see that kind of retro art in today's comics which if nothing else feature some in your face ass kicking art work.

  2. Art is so subjective like that huh Dave? While for me Destro needs to look eviler, overall I love the cover. It's very Paul Pope meets Jack Kirby, and the colours make me think of those 80's glow in the dark posters that used to be everywhere.

    Maybe when we see a few sequential pages in the weeks ahead, we'll see how his style handles the franchise clash a little clearer?

    As always, thanks for the comments!

  3. I like the idea of having the retro cover first, then follow up with something very modern, very sleek. Bring them into the future boys. Because that's entirely what this comic is, bringing the past into the unknown megaverse that we want explored by more than just our 8 year old imaginations.

  4. Exactly Random. I really love the Joe/Transformers covers Pat Lee did for Dreamwave. For myself, those covers had the right militaristic grunge effect to them. Look forward to seeing this series hit print!