Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #5 escalates the conflict between Decepticons and Cobra against the fragile alliance formed between the JOEs and the Autobots. There is a lot of twists and turns and a ton of complexity and Easter eggs for multiple read throughs, but is it good?

Tom Scioli’s artwork is once again top notch with its old school nostalgia; it really is the only thing on the shelf that has this unique look. His coloring is very bright and has a ton of colors on each and every page whether it is the yellow and red from gun blasts to the green of the JOEs uniforms and vehicles. Scioli’s panel choices are also extremely unique and varied. On one page he uses hexagonal panels cutting through the middle of the page adding a psychedelic effect to coincide with the mind trip taking place and being portrayed on the page. My favorite panel layout of the entire book breaks down Fortress Maximus into multiple boxes each displaying different action sequences taking place within him.

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