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{Graphic Novel Review} G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers Volume 1 by Michael Higgins

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  • Title: G.I. Joe/Transformers Volume 1
  • Author:  Michael Higgins
  • ISBN-13: 9781613773529
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Review Source: NetGalley
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The worlds of G.I. JOE and The Transformers combine in this first volume of crossovers. Contains the 4-issue G.I. JOE and The Transformers limited series, plus issues #139-142 of Marvel’s G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero. Megatron and Cobra versus the JOEs and the Autobots – who will come out on top?







M/G/W Quick Review

of G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers Volume 1:


G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers Volume 1 is a compilation of the first four issues in the limited G.I. Joe and The Transformers series. For any fan of the More Than Meets the Eye/Robots in Disguise and those Real American Hero’s, this graphic novel delivers nostalgia...times ten. Preserved in all its original glory, Volume 1 is plucked straight out of the 80’s. No folks, this is not a remake, with new artwork or dark and twisted storytelling. G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers Volume 1 contains all the satisfying goodness of the original comics, including the artwork, 80’s lingo, and amped up storyline. It is perfect for any fan aiming to take a trip on the nostalgia train.


The first four issues were releases circa 1986 and titled, Blood on Tracks, Power Struggle, Ashes, Ashes…, and …All Fall Down! The story surrounds the launch of Power Station Alpha, a nuclear power station that can launch a beam of energy across the globe. Both Cobra and the Decepticons want to use the power station for their own evil purposes. Ultimately, they decide to work together to steal the station from the United States government. Of course, there is a double-cross, and Alpha has been re-modified by the Decepticons in an effort to use the station as a power source for their home world. In a race against time to save Earth from certain annihilation, the Autobots, Joe’s and Cobra team up to thwart those pesky Decepticons once and for all. And what readers get is a ton of over-the-top action, explosions, and laughs as these enemies turned allies attempt to work together for the greater good.


Overall, G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers Volume 1 is a must-have for any fans of the original Transformers or G.I. Joe comics, cartoons, or action figures.  In this edition as an added bonus, we are also given issues #139 to 142 of G.I. Joe Starring Snake-Eyes and Transformers: Generation 2. Set during the Generation 2 era, the plot involves the return of Megatron and a new threat against all of humanity, Cybertronians. Never having read these issues before, I immediately fell in love with them and their action-packed storyline. It’s one heck of a rip-roaring good time! I highly recommend, with a happy and hopefully contagious smile, this explosive Volume 1 crossover to fans both young and old.



My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

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Due to Mild Violence, I Recommended This Comic to Children 13 and Older.










Enjoy These Awesome Intros From Each Original Series: 


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero Intros 1983-1987:


Theme Song From the Original 1980’s Transformers Cartoon:








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