G.I.JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS (4 OF 6)
Publisher: Devil's Due
Issue Date: October 2003
Series: G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Issue Number: 4
GI Joe finds the location of Cobra Island and a scout team that includes Wheeljack and Bumblebee is deployed with one goal in mind: bring Optimus Prime back online. The rest of Joe team gears up for a full on assault on Cobra island. Cobra Commander's only ability to save himself from an attacking Optimus Prime is Megatron. Megatron is still trapped by Cobra Commander in his gun form, but in order for him to help Cobra Commander, they have to make deal.
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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.
Joes: Bazooka, Duke, Flash, Flint, Footloose, Grunt, Hawk, Mainframe, Recondo, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, Spirit, Stalker, Wild Bill
Autobots: Brawn, Bumblebee, Gears, Ironhide, Jazz, Mirage, Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Wheeljack
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Destro, Firefly, Major Bludd, Storm Shadow, Zartan
Decepticons: Megatron, Ravage, Rumble, Soundwave, Thundercracker, Bonecrusher, Hook, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper, Scavenger
Additional Characters: Jugglers: General Renegar, General Horn, General Frankel, General Izzo, General Lane.
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 Mille
Mainframe and Wheeljack explain to Duke, Hawk and Stalker how Optimus Prime's internal defense systems were able to briefly take over the Cobra network for a moment and send out his message with the co-ordinates of Cobra Island. Stalker asks: "So what do we do next?" The answer, of course, is to invade the Island.
On Cobra Island, the Transformers are all beginning to come into their right minds thanks to the code Wheeljack sent to the network last issue. The Constructicons face off with Mindbender, Soundwave sends Ravage and Rumble after Destro, Firefly and Zartan, and Optimus Prime confronts Cobra Commander.
The Commander tries to hold Prime off by using Megatron, but Megatron exerts his will and refuses to fire on Optimus - unless Cobra Commander frees him. Seeing he has no choice, the Commander activates a signal on his belt, freeing Megatron, who transforms - and decks Optimus! "After five million years," he says, "that felt good!"
Around the building, more and more Transformers awake, including all three components of Reflector, as well as Ironhide, Mirage, Jazz and Ratchet, and Thundercracker - who transforms with Major Bludd still inside him! The Autobots set off in search of Optimus Prime.
Meanwhile, Hawk and Flint oversee the preparations for the Joes' attack on Cobra Island when they're approached by two generals, Renegar and Horn. They order Hawk to turn Wheeljack and Bumblebee over to them for examination and disassembly at Area 51. They intend to reverse-engineer them, use their technology to their own advantage - and destroy the rest with a nuclear strike on Cobra Island!
Hawk reluctantly activates a magnetic pulse that disables the two Autobots, and tells the Joes to stand down while the military executes its nuclear strike on the Island. Barely functional, Wheeljack warns Hawk that if Cobra has energon - the Transformers' fuel source - on the island, the reaction of it and a nuclear warhead will send half the planet into nuclear winter!
Back at the Island, Megatron and Prime's fight carries them outside the Cobra compound, where Megatron gets the upper hand, thanks to Soundwave, who has arrived on the scene. Megatron tells Soundwave to find Reflector and activate the SPS satellite's microwave energy retrieval system, and create their unlimited supply of energon!
Scheming Starscream, of course, has other plans. He pops up out the blue, attacking Megatron. As always, however, he's underestimated Megatron's strength - the Decepticon leader quickly recovers and blasts his traitorous lieutenant.
But the distraction was just enough time for Prime to recover - and for the Autobots to arrive!
Nearby, Cobra Commander hopes to make his escape in a Moray Hydrofoil, and attempt to deal with the mess from a less volatile location. But Gears and Brawn - the Trouble Bubbles - are in his way! They take out the Hydrofoils, but before they can capture the Commander, Storm Shadow arrives - in SNAKE armor! He fights the two Autobots to a standstill, while the Commander gets away.
Not far away, another SNAKE suit takes out Rumble, saving Destro and Zartan. It's the Baroness, and she's brought SNAKE armour for Destro and Zartan as well.
Inside, the Constructicons toy with Mindbender, until Soundwave arrives, telling them the doctor is needed for the satellite control. Soundwave begins to make energon cubes to be filled with energy from the satellite...
At the Pentagon, generals Renegar and Horn report in. General Frankel is livid as he tells them G.I. Joe has broken rank and is heading towards Cobra Island right now!
Inside a cargo plane heading for the Island, Duke explains to Wild Bill that they're doing the right thing - and that he'll take as much of the blame as he can. Wild Bill tells Hawk he doesn't have to justify it to him or the other Joes - because even though what they're doing is against orders, some things are worth fighting for.
Summary by: Josh Kern