Time to set the scene for you, I was a bigger G.I. Joe fan as a kid than a Transformers one. I liked Transformers but for some reason the G.I. Joe’s resonated with me a bit more. Overtime I got more hooked into Transformers thanks to reruns and Transformers: Beast Wars. Now the licensed comics have been a mixed bag for me, recently I reviewed Transformers: Windblade for Rhymes With Geek and it wasn’t a half bad read. Before all this the idea of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe was one that had been done but not with Tom Scioli involved, which screamed that this would be unlike anything I’ve seen before. Tom Scioli is the man who co-created Godland with Joe Casey, American Barbarian and more, so that sold me on this from the get go. He’s working with John Barber and as I read the back matter for this, I like that there’s a genuine sense of joy they’re getting out of working on Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. As I read the #0 issue, the fun that they share in the back matter shows in every inch of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.
In a way, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe dare I say reminds me of Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. in the sheer joy of this comic. It’s delightful, it’s fun, this is the sort of comic that would have hooked me on Transformers as much as G.I. Joe as a child. The creative way Scioli uses his art to introduce the G.I. Joe team was clever. Each member of the team got introduced via a G.I. Joe file card straight out of the 80’s, that was genius. The entire comic has a retro cool design to it, the added touch of the weathered pages caught my eye. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe feels as if it came from another time but feels perfect for this age, Scioli’s colors, art, and design sensibilities are brilliant. It’s weird that haven’t even mentioning the writing as the art is that jaw dropping, the story is just as much fun.
Never seen The Transformers introduced in such a way, they have their own language and that was cool. Great to see Starscream and Bumblebee be the introductions to The Transformers that we get in this comic. The reason why I noted Nextwave in the last paragraph is in the script. The G.I. Joe team is having fun on their mission with a madcap energy that’s straight out of the 80’s but taken to another plane of existence. I felt as if this could be a cartoon now and this would be the hottest show on TV bar none. Now for those who are hesitant about trying out a licensed book, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe could be a nice change of pace.
There are comic readers that won’t touch licensed stuff and there are fans of either Transformers or G.I. Joe that won’t read the comics. IDW has a winner here if this goes over the way I think this could. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 is due out in July and I can’t hardly wait to see if the first issue lives up to the FCBD #0 edition.
As I’m reviewing Future’s End #1 for Rhymes With Geek, what better time to look over Future’s End #0. The Free Comic Book Day Future’s End #0 is the beginning of this new weekly series showing the New 52 DCU five years later. It is a weird book and starting out thirty five years later in the New 52 DCU is a sight to behold. The story goes is that Brother Eye is in full command and the holy s-word has hit the fan. We get to see the DCU at the worst point possible and why Batman Beyond (Terry McGinnis) is going to play the role he’s going to play. Before we get to Terry McGinnis and Batman Beyond we get an immense amount of weird DCU mania just thrown at us. In this intro Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen embrace madness alley and we are along for the ride.
If I were to say much of anything right now as to the quality, it’s got me curious. Future’s End piqued my interest without any doubt. We have Batman Beyond five years in the future, again I don’t consider that a big spoiler because it was revealed in the preview pages for Future’s End #1. If I were to spoil Future’s End, it was spoiled by Bleeding Cool and many other venues but I won’t go to that point here. There’s really nothing to spoil though in Future’s End #0, lots of horrible stuff is happening and now Batman Beyond is five years into the future to prevent that. From what Future’s End is showing, nothing is that simple but this looks like it could be fun as to how dark the future is. In a weird way these weeklies DC is doing may be a great way to bring a bit of energy back to the DC Universe. Energy that DC Comics has been lacking for a long time.
Strange to say but true, DC Comics coming out of Forever Evil is showing some life. Now don’t take this as me being all flailing arms like Kermit the Frog, I’m cautiously optimistic if anything. Future’s End has ideas and they could be cool ones, Future’s End #1 coming out this Wednesday will give me a further idea as to how this will go. If you’re wondering another reason why I chose to do Future’s End as my review this week is simple; I like Batman Beyond and time travel stories. I’m a sucker for a good future shock story and time travel in general is a selling point for me, you got me for at least the first couple issues DC Comics.
Keep an eye out Thursday on Rhymes With Geek for my further thoughts on Future’s End #1, will I love it, will I hate it? At this point I’m at least interested and a free comic isn’t a bad way to get into the door. Let’s see if I want to visit Future’s End on a weekly basis after Thursday.