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Review – IDW’s G.I. Joe #18, Transformers: Regeneration One #84, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #10, Transfusion #1

G.I. Joe #18

TARGET: SNAKE EYES starts here! Maybe SNAKE EYES should have stayed dead! G.I. JOE has mobilized to hunt down their most dangerous quarry ever: one of their own. Has the silent commando gone over to the other side? Is he playing his own game? Only Snake Eyes knows the answer.

The G.I. Joe team is scattered with Cobra playing a public relations game. Snake Eyes is AWOL doing his thing, whatever that might be. The series has been fantastic so far updating the classic property for modern times and putting a spin on it that makes it relevant for today.

Cobra is more of a terrorist organization waging battles not just on the field, but also online. The Joes are dealing with budget cuts and bureaucracy. This isn’t what I read when I was a kid, but holy cow is it good.

Story: Chuck Dixon Art: Will Rosado

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Transformers: Regeneration One #84

LAST STAND! Things go from bad to worse  as MEGATRON tightens his remorseless grip on planet Earth. Can the Wreckers save Kup? Can they reach the Ark in time? The odds have never been more stacked against them. But you know what they say: “when all hope is gone…” And what exactly is up with Starscream?

IDW has brought new life to the Transformers line of comic books shaking things up, but this particular series goes old-school continuing the classic Marvel series. The issue with this is if you don’t remember what was going on back then, this continuation is like coming in half-way in a movie.

The story itself is meh. Megatron has conquered Earth after the Transformers left. He turned his army into zombies and yeah. It’s very old-school with a feel right out of the 80s. Compared to the other two ongoing series, this feels like it was dredged up, and that’s not a good thing.

I’m reading in hopes it really picks things up, but this series is only for the hardcore fans who want some 80s nostalgia.

Story: Simon Furman Art: Andrew Wildman

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #10

OPTIMUS PRIME IN SPACE! Orion Pax—the former OPTIMUS PRIME—follows a rogue group of DECEPTICONS into one of the greatest mysteries ever to face the AUTOBOTS! Time will bend—and heroes will fall!

IDW is right now running two solid series focusing on two different storylines that are tied in together but give very different feels. This issue interrupts the normal programming to see what Orion Pax is up to and the story had me scratching my head.

I normally love this series, but this issue dealing with a planet that messes with time had me so confused as to what’s going on and what the “bad” is and plot other than jumping through time. Um, yeah. Normally this is a series I would recommend, but this issue, it’s a big ole skip and that hurts to say, so much.

Story: John Barber Art: Livio Ramondelli

Story: 6.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Skip

Transfusion #1

In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? And which are the real bad guys? Find out in this horrific new series by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte!

Take Monocyte and replace the creepy beings with robots who need blood to function. The story is definitely original and art is the usual amazing that I’d expect from a menton3 comic book.

The story, also like Monocyte, take a bit of paying attention to figure out everything going on, but it pays off with a great ending. Steve Niles and menton3 can set a mood and feel of a comic like no others, and this comic is a perfect example.

If you enjoy the weird and creepy, this comic is an absolute buy.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Menton3

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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