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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 (IDW): Man, I am absolutely
exhausted from the onslaught that is SDCC. That said, #BookOfTheWeek is an
abbreviated version of the Weekly Reviews posts that allows me to still get
something up when I don’t have the time (or desire) to post full reviews. I
read Trees #3 this week from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard and it felt a little
off to me, straying perhaps a little too far from the sci-fi premise in favor
of human interest stories. Saga #21 was predictably strong, but failed to prompt
any additional response. Winterworld #2 was a solid post-apocalyptic romp, and
Supreme: Blue Rose #1 offered promising Ellis psycho-futurism with intriguing art. Avengers 100th
Anniversary Special #1 was a fun blend of indie and mainstream at the
hands of James Stokoe, but if you’re looking for that vibe, then I’ll direct your attention
to the brilliant Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 at the hands of Tom Scioli and John Barber.
With heaps of period research and reference, it captures a perfect aesthetic
nostalgia on the page, managing to be both a retro commercialization and
somehow an avant-garde art comic all at once. Everyone who, like me, grew up in
the 80’s should be reading this book. Grade A+.