"Optimus Prime of Cybertron… you have the ability to overcome great fear…"
That could've been the lead story in a potential crossover between the Transformers and the Justice League of America in the time before the New 52. IDW's Chris Ryall and artist Phil Jimenez pitched the idea to the honchos over at DC, but apparently, it was timed poorly. DC had far too much going on with the New 52 to even consider it. Now, Jimenez has put some images from his pitch onto Facebook, which is usually a huge sign that the project ain't happening.
However, in the interest of taking any opportunity I can to shout to the world that IDW's current Transformers comics – More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise – are the best TF books there have ever been, here's a look at some of that art from Jimenez.
As we can see from this one, Optimus Prime would be sporting a Green Lantern ring, and that is even more brain-breakingly cool than my speculation about the Hulk Lanterns if Amalgam Comics happened today. Also, Megatron vs. Superman is an interesting possibility as well.
But that's not all. Take a look at THIS.
Aquaman vs. the Seacons? Not only a transforming Bat-plane, but a transforming Invisible Jet that looks an awful lot like Swoop of the Dinobots? Flash vs. the Insecticons? Unicron vs. the Earth? Veddy intedestink, as Arte Johnson might've said. This looks to be very much in line with the old-school JLA – including Barry Allen as the Flash and Aquaman with the green gloves – and it could've been pretty cool. Too bad DC couldn't get rid of Superman's underpants fast enough.
To be fair, IDW have also crossed the Transformers over with the New Avengers in the past, and that miniseries turned out to be a little lackluster, so there's a good chance this could've turned out the same way. Then again, the big bots from Cybertron were never as ingrained in the Marvel Universe proper as the notion of Greel Lantern Prime would imply they would be in this project. Hell, Transformers used to be a Marvel Comic back in the 1980s, and even then, the most they got was a guest appearance by Spider-Man in issue #3 – and that thing ran for 80 issues (and, curiously enough, has been picked up from that endpoint with IDW's Transformers: Regeneration One by the same talent from that series, Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman).
Arcee on Paradise Island, man. Yeah, I'd have paid to see that.