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G.I.JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS (3 OF 6)

    

YoJoe ID: CMC-DDP-GIJOEVST-03

Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: September 2003
Series: G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Issue Number: 3

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Wheeljack and Bumblebee reveal themselves to the Joe team. And with their help, Hawk and Joe team can better understand exactly what they are fighting, and how to stop it. Meanwhile, Cobra is having serious problems with Optimus Prime. Megatron continues to keep trying to convince Cobra Commander to set him free.

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Alternate Covers

Devil's Due Cover "B"
2003 Official Transformers Collectors Club (OTFCC) Convention Exclusive

Notes of Interest

A 6 issue Mini-Series set in an alternate continuity.

The Transformers are not in their traditional character designs. They transform into Cobra vehicles.

Major Players

Joes: Ace, Bazooka, Blowtorch, Breaker, Cover Girl, Dial Tone, Duke, Flash, Flint, Grunt, Gung-Ho, Lady Jaye, Leatherneck, Mainframe, Mercer, Mutt & Junkyard, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Sci-Fi, Snake-Eyes, Stalker

Autobots: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Wheeljack

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Firefly, Zartan

Decepticons: Frenzy, Laserbeak, Megatron, Ravage, Rumble, Soundwave, Bonecrusher, Hook, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scavenger, Scrapper

Creative Team

Story: Josh Blaylock, Pencils: Mike S Miller, Inks: Cory Hamscher, Colors: Lynx Studio, Letters: Dreamer Design, Graphic Design: Mike Norton, Military Consultation: Tilman Goins, Cover: Mike S Miller & Lynx

Full Details

Having arrived on Cobra Island, Destro surveys Cobra's current work on the giant transforming robots, including Soundwave and his cassettes, and Mindbender's newest development - dozens of suits of SNAKE armor, which Soundwave will be able to control.

Destro tells Cobra Commander he wants to lead the next attack personally, using Soundwave. The Commander reluctantly agrees.

At G.I. Joe Command Center, Flint flirts with Lady Jaye, making them late for a briefing. Stalker briefs the Joes on Cobra's next attack - thanks to their turncoat, Mercer, the Joes know that Cobra plans to take control of the USSPS - a top secret satellite project that can harness solar energy - more than enough to power Cobra's transformers. It's time the Joes to mount an ambush.

Later, Destro, inside a control unit on Soundwave's shoulders, leads Firefly and Zartan (inside Trouble Bubbles), along with Sunstreaker and Sideswipe (who transform into Stinger jeeps) to the SPS facility. He launches his Battle Android Troopers - Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Ratbat and Laserbeak - while Zartan and Firefly activate their Bubbles' "alien holo-cloak technology, making them invisible.

Before the attack can begin, however, Frenzy is gunned down! Down below at the SPS facility, Flash and Sci-Fi marvel at the effectiveness of their new laser weapons, while Rock 'n' Roll, Roadblock and Bazooka open fire with conventional weapons, taking out Ratbat.

Destro orders Sideswipe and Sunstreaker to transform to jeep mode and attack the main entrance, and tells Rumble to take care of the laser-rifled Joes. Rumble transforms his arms into pile-driver mode, shaking the buildings and taking Sci-Fi and Flash out of the fight. Laserbeak, meanwhile, has flown inside and takes out Clutch and Gung-Ho, but Snake-Eyes leaps out of the darkness with his sword, severing the robot condor's head!

The victory is short-lived, though, because the jeeps are bearing down on the building, loaded for bear! But, as Sunstreaker and Sideswipe approach the entrance, race car appear out of nowhere, knocking them off course!

Meanwhile, as Rumble moves in on Flash and Sci-Fi, another yellow robot, identifying itself as Bumblebee, appears - and takes out Rumble.

Back inside, in the bowels of the facility, Quick-Kick, Mutt and Junkyard guard the SPS control module. Suddenly Junkyard goes berserk, but before Quick-Kick and Mutt can figure out why, they're knocked out cold by an invisible foe. Zartan materializes and moves to secure the module, while Firefly sets charges up to create a distraction.

Outside, Bumblebee explains to Flash and Sci-Fi that he's there to help, and that he needs their help as well. But Cover Girl, being a little overanxious, fires a missile at him! He manages to deflect it towards Rumble, and Sci-Fi gets Cover Girl to stand down so they can figure just what the heck is going on.

Back inside, Quick-Kick and Mutt recover and begin to go after their invisible assailant, but are soon cut off by Ravage! With the module secured by Zartan, Destro orders the Cobra forces to retreat, but not before Ravage inflicts a savage beating on Quick-Kick and Mutt.

Before the duo can get themselves to the infirmary, however, Firefly's charges go off, severely injuring both of them. Everyone manages to escape, and though the control module is lost, at least everyone is alive - and the Joes seem to have some unexpected help.

Stalker advises Hawk that Bumblebee and Wheeljack seem to be on their side, and that they should show them "the image" - a photo of Soundwave that was mysteriously leaked to the press, along with some strange code.

Wheeljack immediately recognizes the image is from Optimus Prime, and the code is Cybertronian. He says Prime's system must have sent it out as a distress call - and it has the co-ordinates to his location, as well as access to the network that's controlling the transformers.

Wheeljack hacks into the system, and soon, on Cobra Island, a shocked Mindbender is confronted by a suddenly very angry group of Constructicons, while Cobra Commander finds himself staring down a rather upset Optimus Prime!

Summary by: Josh Kern