If you hate the “New 52,” DC Comics’ controversial linewide re-launch, then you may hate it even more if you A.) like the Transformers, and B.) had dreams of one day seeing the “Robots in Disguise” appear in an absolutely insane crossover with the DC Comics characters. That’s because Brian Michael Bendis Tweeted these images of a Transformers/DC Universe crossover event with beautiful artwork by Phil Jimnez that was given the axe when ‘The New 52″ was announced. This artwork features insane things like Aquaman fighting what I believe are sharkticons underwater, an enormous Batman-transformer, an Amazonian ghost transformer on Themiscrya, and Optimus Prime flying with the Green Lantern Corps wearing his own power ring.
Let me repeat. OPTIMUS PRIME HAD A GREEN LANTERN CORPS POWER RING.
My brain just ripped itself in half trying to process the pure, unadulterated madness of that concept.
Sure, Transformers crossing over with superheroes and other comic characters has happened before — the Transformers comics were once published by Marvel, and so the Decepticons and Autobots had adventures with Spider-man, The Avengers, and most notably the G.I. Joe team — but this crossover with über-cool artwork by Phil Jimenez (one of my favorite modern comic book artists) seemed like it really would’ve been special. I’m not sure if it would’ve all come together or made a lick of sense in the end, but an Amazonian ghost Transformer? It’s a incredible shame that the world was deprived of such a crazy geek mashup so that Jim Lee could launch 52 #1 issues with heroes in collars and armor plate.
UPDATE: It has come to my attention that what I thought was an Amazonian Ghost Transformer might be Wonder Woman’s infamous invisible jet that somehow becomes a transformer. While this is not as batshit as a ghost Transformer, it’s still cool, and still tragic that we never got to see it published.