...what? ...I mean, what?
Just when you thought there was nothing left Tom Scioli and John Barber could do that would be a total
shock, Comics Alliance reports that Transformers vs. GI Joe ends with the next issue, #13. While the statement from Scioli is positive and upbeat, no indication was previously given that this critically acclaimed book was to be a limited series - and indeed, Scioli and Barber once said they could envision the comic continuing indefinitely. What happened? Keep reading for Scioli and Barber's statements on the end of the comic. UPDATED
with new alternate cover for the final issue.
We reached out for comment, and Tom Scioli had this to say about the book’s epic conclusion:
I’ll say it. It’s the greatest crossover of all time. This is the new standard by which all crossovers will be judged.
What a rare privilege in comics to begin something and to end it exactly as you envisioned. To create a universe and then torch it in the most explosive way imaginable. In the end, the creative challenge is the only thing that matters. When you push the limits, the world gets bigger. We wanted to see just how much juice you can squeeze out of these concepts and out of the comics page itself. How much story can fit into a comic book before the staples pop out? I look forward to seeing how the next generation of cartoonists builds on these innovations, the way we built on the work of those who came before us. I look forward to seeing the inevitable movie adaptation of this comic.
John Barber also offered a comment, but rather than his own words, he quoted Kiefer Sutherland speaking in an interview about the teen vampire classic, Lost Boys, which may actually be the most appropriate way to discuss this book:
It’s the number-one thing that people come up and say, “Man, I grew up with that,” or, “That mattered to me,” or whatever. I was 19 when we made that, and I wish I’d been a little older or a little smarter, because… [Hesitates.] I wish we had known what we were doing when we were doing it. You know? It’s been such a part of my life, and I wish in the process of making it I had enjoyed it a little more.
The solicitation reads as follows:
Transformers vs. G.I. JOE #13: Armageddon
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Tom Scioli (a & c)
THE END IS NIGH! Final battle erupts—the forces of G.I. JOE and the AUTOBOTS head-to-head (or head-to-toe, depending on the size difference) with the DECEPTICOBRA alliance! The fate of the universe hangs on every decision!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99
·One of the most talked-about comics of the 21st century—see what everybody’s been yelling about!
·Visionary writer-artist Tom Scioli’s canvas has never been so big!
·Far-flung cosmic action in the scintillating Scioli style!
·The epic conclusion!