G.I.JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS III: THE ART OF WAR (5 OF 5)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: August 2006
Series: G.I. Joe vs. Transformers III The Art of War
Issue Number: 5
All of your favorite G.I. Joe and Transformers characters converge for the battle to end all battles - all for possession of the all-powerful Autobot Matrix! When the dust settles in this final skirmish of this war, who will be left standing in the rubble of two destroyed worlds?
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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. Serpentor dies.
The Joes: Flint, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes Additional Joe appearances: Beach Head, Cover Girl, Duke, Dusty, Fast Draw, Flash, Rock 'n' Roll, Sci-Fi, Stalker, Storm Shadow Autobots: Arcee, Grimlock, Hot Rod, Optimus Prime, Perceptor, Bumblebee(statue only) Additional Autobots: Cliffjumper, Omega Supreme, Kup, Jetfire, Sideswipe, Ratchet, Ironhide, Prowl, Ultra Magnus, Snarl Decepticons: Serpentor, Runamuck Additional Decepticons: Hun-Grr, Motormaster, Wildrider, Octane, Onslaught, Rippersnapper, Trypticon, Scourge, Sharpnel, Rumble, Kickback, Combaticons: Sweeps, Brawl, Vortex, Blast Off, Swindle, Insecticons: Barrage, Venom, Thrust Cobras: Cobra Commander, Dr. Knox Additional characters: Cobra-La Dr. Mindbender & Nemesis Enforcer, Sgt. Savage and Iron Klaw & Unicron
Script: Tim Seeley, Pencils: Alex Milne, James Raiz & Joe Ng, Inks: Rob Ross, Colors: Rob Ruffolo & Kevin Yan, 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
Optimus Prime is fighting Serpentor alone. Several Decepticons attack him doing some serious damage, but not before he orders Hot Rod to begin the joint Autobot/Joe attack.
Serpentor takes the Matrix, and is changed into Serpentor Prime, a Transformer sized mechanoid. However the change is more than just physical, the Matrix has given him a new perspective on life. Unfortunately, he gets little chance to enjoy his new outlook as a device planted on him by Zartan at the beginning of his life kicks into effect. Back on Earth, Cobra Commander now has complete control of his Serpentor's body.
Busting through a wall, the recently escaped Grimlock, Arcee, Perceptor, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett Roadblock and Hawk now attack Serpentor. Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes are all knocked out by Serpentor's appendages as well as Grimlock. Perceptor checks on the injured Optimus Prime as Arcee directly attacks Serpentor.
Outside, a furious major battle lead by Hot Rod is happening between the Joes and Autobots and the remaining Decepticons.
As the Cobra Commander controlled Serpentor prepares to deliver a killing blow on Arcee, Hawk rushes forward in order to reach and touch the Matrix, which instantly finds him a more worthy host. Destroying the body of Serpentor, leaving Cobra Commander a vegetable in his chair on Earth, Hawk becomes a mystical being of unknown powers. The Matrix is then returned to Optimus Prime and the Decepticons defeated.
Later on Cybertron a monument is built to Bumblebee, Scarlett and Snake Eyes pursue their relationship and Optimus Prime is repaired.
Optimus Prime then leaves a digital log of his thoughts on the future. And he says "The Autobots and Joes will face new threats. Threats that rise today�and tomorrow�thought human lives are but a brief flicker, their passion for existence leaves me in awe. With Hawk now apart of the Matrix of Leadership, future generations of Autobots will be able to share that passion." As Optimus Prime enters this log future visions are shown. The first is Dr. Mindbender standing with Cobra-La's Nemesis Enforcer and his Royal Guards with Unicron in the background. An additional vision is of Sgt. Savage and Iron Claw fighting on Earth with shadowy Transformers in the background.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen