G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers is four miniseries published by Devil's Due Press, who held the G.I. Joe comic-book license until 2007.
The JOEvTF universe is set apart from both the ongoing G.I. Joe or Transformers comics by its overriding sense of fun. Because neither group of fans takes this crossover universe very seriously, it revels in its ability to do whatever it wants, kill important characters, or change the world. For example, the fourth series seems to be a gleeful exercise in throwing as many ideas that fans love to hate as possible into one story (principally Cobra-La and the Pretenders) and telling a pulp adventure with them.
Devil's Due's G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers was originally the counterpart to Dreamwave Productions' Transformers/G.I. Joe. The series were published offset, so that the Dreamwave series began as the Devil's Due series ended, with little overlap in-between.
Devil's Due changed the second series from six issues into four (with double-sized first and last issues) in order to get the last issue published before Dreamwave lost the Transformers license (and to avoid the legal headache around their right to publish the end of the series.)
Initially, each series was not planned ahead of time, leading to a somewhat disjointed overall story arc (technology given to humans after the first story is being decommissioned at the beginning of the second). Many different story ideas were considered for the second and third series, but subsequent series have followed 'seeds' (obvious hooks) of stories planted earlier.
In 2003, the newly-founded Cobra unearthed the Ark, containing 39 Transformers, which it sought to reprogram to use as weapons, triggering a series of increasingly bizarre encounters between Earth and Cybertron.
Ironically, this reboot of the G.I. Joe timeline, founding the organization in 2003 instead of 1982, makes most of the team children of the 1980s.
The JOEvTF universe includes a version of the Beast Wars series in its past.
- G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers (2003–2004)
- G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II (2004)
- G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers: The Art of War (2006)
- G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers: Black Horizon (2007)
- All four series have also been collected in a G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers Omnibus, published in January 2008.