G.I.JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS III: THE ART OF WAR (4 OF 5)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: June 2006
Series: G.I. Joe vs. Transformers III The Art of War
Issue Number: 4
On Cybertron, Serpentor is gathering a Decepticon army in order to attack an Autobot Peace Celebration. Several Autobots and Joes have arrived from Earth and are immediately captured by the Decepticons. Serpentor kills Bumblebee with his appendages. Snake-Eyes takes off his mask and kisses Scarlett.
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Notes of Interest
5 Issue Mini-Series. The "A" covers from each issue form one larger image.
A continuation of the story from the two previous Devil's Due GI Joe vs. Transformers Mini series.
Serpentor is created as a mix of human and Transformer.
The Joes: Hawk, Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes Additional Joe appearances: Barbeque, Beach Head, Cover Girl, Duke, Firewall, Lady Jaye, Mainframe, Quick Kick, Sci-Fi, Storm Shadow, Tripwire Autobots: Arcee, Grimlock, Hot Rod, Optimus Prime, Perceptor, Sixshot Additional Autobots: Kup, Tracks, Warpath, Cliffjumper, Omega Supreme, Jetfire, Sideswipe, Ratchet, Ironhide, Prowl, Ultra Magnus Decepticons: Serpentor, Menasor, Reflector, Nautilator, Breakdown, Predaking & Piranacon Additional Decepticons: Astrotrain,Tantrum, Rampage, Hun-Grr, Motormaster, Buzzsaw, Headstrong, Divebomb, Drag Strip, Rippersnapper Cobras: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Knox, Zartan Additional characters: Dr. Martin
Script: Tim Seeley, Pencils: Joe Ng, James Raiz & Alex Milne, Inks: Rob Ross, Meth & Alex Tam, Colors: Rob Ruffolo & Kevin Yan & Tom Liu, Letters: Brian Crowley, Editor: Mike Sullivan, Art Produced by: Udon, Udon Chief: Erik Ko, Special Thanks: Mark Powers, Cover: Joe Ng, Espen Grundetjern & Tom Liu
The Decepticons, lead by Serpentor, have attacked the Autobots. Omega Supreme was their main defense and he has been defeated, an ultimatum is given to Optimus Prime: surrender himself and the Autobot Matrix or the Decepticons will continue there rampage of destruction. Optimus Prime agrees to the ultimatum with the condition that all human hostages are released. The Decepticons agree in return and Prime is taken away as a prisoner.
At the Terrordrome on Earth, Cobra Commander is now convinced what he has learned from Serpentor will give him the power of a god.
Back on Cybertron, Serpentor visits the imprisoned Hawk, where begins a dialog with him. He admits that he has no feelings over any of his recent achievements and only killing Bumblebee has given him any sort of emotional response. When Hawk points out he's a machine doing what he does not out of desire but because he doesn't know how not to, Serpentor briefly looses control and angrily strikes Hawk. After regaining his composure, he promises to consider what has been said and gives a guarantee to the Joes of a quick death when that time comes.
Snake-Eyes is able to use his amazing Ninja powers to mentally take control of one of his Transformer cell guards. Who then shoots the other guards and releases the Joes before falling asleep. The Joes then release Perceptor, Grimlock and Arcee but are soon severely outgunned as more Decepticons arrive.
Hot Rod has assembled a rescue team and they are on the way. Optimus Prime is brought before Serpentor, where Serpentor's plan is revealed to him. That his plan is to use the Matrix to give himself a soul or a spark that will allow him to feel emotions. When Serpentor is distracted by an alarm alerting him to the escape of the prisoners, Optimus Prime frees himself and prepares to deliver a killing blow. On Earth, the Warpgate has been repaired and a full scale Joe army has assembled. Even though they're limited in what they can take by the size of the portal they still intend to go to Cybertron as "GI Joe doesn't leave anyone behind... no matter what."
Summary by Josh Eggebeen