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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 

IDW hired Rob Liefeld to draw covers for GI Joe vs Transformers

I can't believe it. IDW, who've made a name for themselves with their successful adaptations of licensed properties, was willing to hire comicdom's most notorious artist to draw some variant covers for their new GI Joe vs Transformers special (via TFW 2005). What possessed them to do that? Ever since Liefeld went to join Image in their early years, that's when he really fumbled and never recovered. Hiring him now, years after he proved himself a hall-of-shame embarrassment does them no favors. It's not even the first time he's worked for them: a short time ago, he even drew a cover for Dark Cybertron.

To be fair, I realize that it was to be expected even IDW could make mistakes, and aren't immune to the obsession with variant covers. But this still doesn't bode well in a time when companies who want to prove they're serious would do better to avoid making people think they're desperate for making quick bucks with stunts aimed at speculators.

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What can go wrong? XD

Seriously, while I did enjoy Dark Cybertron, IDW is kinda losing its touch, here and there, as their recent "X-Files Conspiracy" x-over was a total disaster. A shame, as their past x-overs were quite good.

But hey, past comic GI Joe/Transformers x-overs were never all that good. Marvel's 1987 one was surprisingly bad, G2 in Marvel's G.I. Joe title was fun in a rather hokey way, Devil's Due's take was way too polarizing, so I don't think Liefeld could do any worse here.

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