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G.I. Joe vs. Transformers - Volume 2

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#1

[cover] [cover]
Cover A: E. J. Su & Tim Seeley
Cover B: E. J. Su & Tim Seeley
Cover Date: September 2004

Script:
Dan Jolley
Pencils: E. J. Du & Tim Seeley
Inks: Andrew Pepoy
Colours: Jeremy Roberts
Letters: Dreamer Design

Synopsis: It's been two years since the Autobots left Earth, but now GIJoe have tracked the use of Cybertronian technology in weapons to a biker gang named the Dreadnoks, part of the reforming Cobra. Cobra Commander meets Destro, and reveals he has Starscream under his control. He wants to steal a wormhole system from Cybertron by hacking into Teletran 3. However, Chuckles has observed the meeting and informs GIJoe of their plan. On Cybertron, the Autobots are fighting a resistance battle against the planet's Decepticon rulers. On Earth, a GIJoe assault team takes a Cobra facility, but inadvertantly triggers a teleportation device that lands them on Cybertron, along with the Cobra personnel and Starscream. It interferes with Teletran 3, transporting several Transformers away. just then Shockwave arrives, but Ultra Magnus is able to plant a shield generator around the computer. Perceptor deduces that Teletran 3 has, in fact, scattered several Transformers across Earth's history, which could have massive implications for the universe if they're not returned to their proper space and time. Perceptor gives them locator devices, which will also restore the Transformers. The Joes and Cobra split into four groups, and set off to find them. Lady Jaye, Zartan, Snake-Eyes and Stormshadow are sent to San Francisco in the mid-1970s, and soon find and recover Jazz and Bumblebee. After a car chase, they find Hot Rod and Blitzwing too, before being returned to Cybertron. Meanwhile, the Baronness, Roadblock, Beachhead and a Cobra Trooper have been sent to 1930s Chicago.

Notes: Starscream escaped along with Cobra Commander in Vol. 1 #6. Jazz, Bumblebee and Hot Rod are all reformatted as period cars, while Blitzwing becomes a Learjet.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Starscream, Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ironhide, Thrust, Dirge, Ramjet, Shockwave, Ultra Magnus, Scourge, Cyclonus, Wheeljack, Perceptor, Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Blitzwing.

Notable Others: Beachhead, Scarlett, Stalker, Spirit, Jinx, Gung-Ho, Bazooka, Roadblock, Snake-Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Chuckles, Barbecue, Lady Jaye, Stormshadow, Zartan, Dr Mindbender, Dusty, Shipwreck, Sci-Fi, Tomax, Xamot.

Review: Utter trash. A puerile storyline that reads like a schoolboy's fanfic. The plot's not only brain-damagingly obvious, but seems to be designed entirely to shoehorn Transformers into some very poor character models. It's very Joe-centric, and the characterisation is thin and irritating. While not as fanboyish as the nonsense Blaylock hawked last year, it's still not remotely good.

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#2

[cover] [cover]
Cover A: E. J. Su & Tim Seeley
Cover B: Adam Pollina & Tim Seeley
Cover Date: October 2004

Script:
Dan Jolley
Pencils: E. J. Du & Tim Seeley
Inks: Andrew Pepoy
Colours: Jeremy Roberts
Letters: Dreamer Design

Synopsis: In 1930s Chicago, the Cobra trooper freaks out, while the Baroness and Beachhead argue about what to do. They manage to locate and awaken Optimus Prime. Back on Cybertron, Magnus' forcefield is beginning to collapse, with just six hours until the Decepticons can get in. Back in Chicago, Optimus and the humans track down four more Transformers. However, they turn out to be the Stunticons Breakdown, Dragstrip, Wildrider and Dead End, who attack them. The chase brings them across Motormaster, and after reactivating him are taken back to Cybertron. Elsewhere, Dr Mindbender, Xamot, Tomax, Barbecue and Spirit have been sent to a dystopian future Earth.

Notes: Optimus Prime and Motormaster take the form of 1930s trucks, with the smaller Stunticons being period cars.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Optimus Prime, Ratbat, Soundwave, Frenzy, Ravage, Octane, Sixshot, Divebomb, Kickback, Starscream, Blitzwing, Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Jazz, Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Breakdown, Dragstrip, Wildrider, Dead End, Motormaster.

Notable Others: The Baroness, some Cobra Commander, Roadblock, Beachhead, Stalker, Stormshadow, Lady Jaye, Spirit, Tomax, Xamot, Dr Mindbender, Barbecue.

Review: More pointless dirge. The Chicago plot is hugely uninteresting, with the Cobra trooper a particularly limp attempt at comic relief. As for that Miles Davis stuff... sorry Dan, Back to the Future did the closest thing to a joke in your wetbrained script twenty years ago. Christ, this was beaten to the punch by Goodnight Sweetheart. God, even the Baroness isn't good value in this tripe.

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#3

[cover] [cover]
Cover A: E. J. Su & Jeremy Roberts
Cover B: Francois Baranger
Cover Date: November 2004

Script:
Dan Jolley
Layouts: Tim Seeley
Pencils: Emiliano Santalucia, Guido Guidi
Inks: Andrew Pepoy, Sean Parsons
Colours: Jeremy Roberts
Letters: Dreamer Design

Synopsis: Dr Mindbender quickly realises himself, Barbecue, Spirit, Tomax and Xamot are in a grim future for Earth. Only one Cybertronian's been transported there, and they set off to find him. However, the Earth is under attack from Decepticons from its' own period. They're picked up by three surviving Dreadnoks - Buzzer, Torch and Ripper - who are working for a crippled Duke. Duke throws them out, but the Dreadnoks agree to help. The Cybertronian they want is a lone Autobot helping the human resistance, Ratchet, who bails them out. They agree to help him destroy one of Shockwave's factories to save the human slaves inside. They help, but then take Ratchet back against his wishes. They arrive back on Cybertron - but Ratchet's gunned down by Shockwave - Magnus' shield has failed. Shockwave has found out what's going on - and only a few Joes and Cobras have escaped to give any hope.

Notes: The Dreadnoks' bikes are modelled on Junkion alt modes. In the alternate future, there are Ravage clones, Sweeps and a swarm of Insecticons. Tomax and Xamot have a Cybertronian modification which allows them to produce energy blasts when they link [exactly like Fenris from Uncanny X-Men].

Errors: How is Ratchet in robot mode, and in possession of all his faculties?

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Ultra Magnus, Shockwave, Cyclonus, Ratchet [killed by Shockwave], Ironhide, Ramjet, Dirge, Perceptor.

Notable Others: Barbecue, Spirit, Tomax, Xamot [killed by Shockwave], Dr Mindbender, Torch [alternate version], Buzzer [alternate version], Ripper [alternate version], Duke [alternate version], Stalker, Lady Jaye, Sci-Fi, Beachhead.

Review: Again, horribly uninteresting. At least Jolley's non-existant comedic skills aren't put on display here... The intended juxtaposition of Ratchet as a hardcore freedom fighter only works if you're familiar with the identikit Mr Fixit take the cartoon gave him, and doesn't really work if you know the Marvel comic version, who was a character. Not any good at all.

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#4

[cover] [cover]
Cover A: E. J. Su & Jeremy Roberts
Cover B: Francois Baranger
Cover Date: December 2004

Script:
Dan Jolley
Pencils: Tim Seeley, E. J. Su
Inks: Andrew Pepoy
Colours: Val Staples
Letters: Robin Spehar

Synopsis: The Joes and Cobras come up with a plan to regain control of Teletran-3 from Shockwave. Lady Jaye and Roadblock pull it off, undoing the blocks Shockwave has used to prevent the final team from arriving. This done, Dusty's team promptly arrive with Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl and Swoop - all reconfigured from dinosaurs. They easily overrun the Decepticons, and the Joes and Cobras are beamed back to Earth, with all the teleportation gates to be closed. However, Cobra Commander has left one last surprise - he's booby-trapped Starscream, who detonates, taking out Shockwave. Three months later, back on Earth, Dr Mindbender is taken from his high security prison to an NSA facility, where he meets representatives of a new alliance between Cobra-La and Unicron.

Notes: I'm really not sure if half of those Decepticons are generics or what.

Errors: Erm, how would Starscream not known he had explosives inside him? and is 45lbs. of TNT really that much to a Transformer? On page 4, Dirge starts talking to Shockwave. In the next frame, it's Cyclonus. On page 5, Starscream has his more familiar red/grey/blue scheme. Perceptor's also switched from his 'boxart' scheme to his Marvel scheme.

Oh, and the stupid Devils' Due News Holiday's Rock piece claims 'Fairytale of New York' was recorded by the Pogues, when it was by Shane McGowan and Kirsty MacColl. It's an easy mistake to make. If you're some arsehole trying to name-drop who doesn't actually know much at all, that is.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Cyclonus, Perceptor, Shockwave [destroyed by explosion], Dirge, Starscream [destroyed by bomb], Dragstrip, Snarl, Sludge, Swoop, Slag, Grimlock, Ramjet, Optimus Prime.

Notable Others: Beachhead, Stalker, Tomax, Destro, Cover Girl, Snake-Eyes, Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Stormshadow, Dusty, Shipwreck, Gung-Ho, a Cobra Viper, Cobra Commander, The Baroness, Dr Mindbender, Scorpina, Nemesis Enforcer.

Review: Terrible things about this comic: The non-explanation of the Joes/Cobras escaping Shockwave; the non-explanation of where the Autobots [and indeed, the named Decepticons] have gone; the bit where Roadblock kicks over a huge robot, then uses it's handgun; Dirge and Starscream taking half an hour to shoot at Lady Jaye; the Dinobots routing the Decepticons just like that; the pat speech from Optimus Prime; Cobra Comander leaving a bomb on Starscream; Unicron; Cobra-La; Unicron and Cobra-La; the fact a sequel seems likely, and it will feature Unicron and Cobra-La.

Good things about this comic: Starscream gets blown up. That is all.

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