Review for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #217

Although technically we’ve moved on from the Death of Snake Eyes arc, with this new arc being entitled COBRA Rising, the threads of Snake Eyes’ demise are still fully entwined throughout this second installment.

It makes for a surprisingly poignant next step in the Marvel G.I. Joe history where we’re looking towards the future, but still paying fond remembrance to the past.  All while another silent, disfigured guy in a Snake Eyes uniform is milling around.  Kinda odd, but in a way, it fits that “death of a major comic character” template we’ve grown so used to over the past several years.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: ARAH #214

With the gut wrenching events of last month’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue, you know there has to be some kind of follow up.

And a follow up there is.  Check out the full review for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214 below, and if you want to check out my review for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #213 to prepare yourself, click here.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #213

So, here we are…in case it wasn’t evident by the image of the grim

reaper on the cover, this is where it happens. Where the “Death of
Snake Eyes” comes to a head.

Spoiler territory in this review, so be prepared.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212

This exciting new installment in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero mythos has kicked off in impressive fashion.

Check out my full review below!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hit comic shelves yesterday, and as we’ve come to expect, it’s full of action and a lot of fun art by the incomparable SL Gallant.

Larry continues to craft an action-packed story, though I have to admit…  I’m wondering where we’re going here.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

Yes, I know I’m running a bit more than a week behind, but I feel so strongly about  Costa’s new G.I. Joe story that I wanted to get a review posted anyway.  If G.I. Joe fans aren’t paying attention to this book, you’re doing yourself a real disservice.  Even folks who are not huge fans of Snake Eyes (like me) should crack open these pages and soak them in.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

It’s been a great couple of weeks for G.I. Joe comics!  Last week we were treated to the first issue of Costa’s excellent Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, and this week Serpentor makes his abrupt return in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  Combine all this with Karen Traviss’ great work of political intrigue in the main series, and Tom Scioli’s certifiably insane Transformers/G.I. Joe amalgamation, and there’s truly something for everyone.

Check out my review of the latest ARAH issue after the break!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #1

A new year and another new take on the G.I. Joe universe from IDW.  This issue takes the character of Snake Eyes and puts a twist on him, ripping him from the side of the angels and placing him in league with Destro and Cobra.

But are Destro and Cobra even on the same page, or will the ex G.I. Joe Commando be stuck in a twisted terrorist triangle?

Check out the review of the first issue after the jump…you might be surprised at how I felt.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209

Today brings us the latest installment in Hama and Gallant’s fantastic continuation of the Real American Hero mythology.  I’ve read the latest issue, check out my thoughts below.

GIJOE ARAH 209

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neal Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Juggling several different storylines, the Real American Hero book continues at a furious pace, trying to tell the Revanche story, the Sean Collins story, the Serpentor story, and the Crimson Guard story all simultaneously, yet trying to also weave them all together into a cohesive thread.

By and large, Larry Hama has been successful integrating all of the various elements into a decent story, though like the infamous Blue Ninja story arc, I am growing a tad bit weary of Revanche, especially after meeting the apparent head of the company here. I can bridge fantasy, science fiction, and realistic military as well as anyone else, but still seeing a cybernetic dude with a dozen robotic eyes growing from his skin takes me just a bit out of my comfort zone.

I will say, I enjoyed the inner conflict within the Joe team over the apparent attempt at resurrecting Serpentor. Most of them realize what a potential mistake it is, yet Joe and Jane seem adamant to go down that road, which will make things very interesting as they shape up.

Storm Shadow becomes a part of the story again, yet again I find myself curious as to how these Revanche cyber-ninjas could be so powerful in the last story arc, yet now, Storm Shadow can single-handedly dispose of a dozen of them with a few sword swipes.

Gallant continues his trend of classic artwork, nicely capturing the look and feel of the vintage G.I. Joe design aesthetic. The thing I love most, though is his sense of motion. Everything is very dramatic and flows nicely from panel-to-panel, yet the impact shots actually feel like they mean something. It’s an excellent bridge between realism and animation and he seems able to walk that line to perfection, which suits the G.I. Joe story well. After all, G.I. Joe itself walks that line between realism and fantasy, it’s only appropriate that the artwork follow that trend.

This was a good issue. Hama and Gallant continue to do great work bringing those classic elements forward and still telling a great tail. It was good to see characters like Airtight and Bazooka, and I would encourage the creative team to continue exploring those (slightly) less known members of the G.I. Joe team. I was a bit disappointed with the mission in Ireland featuring mostly G.I. Joe mainstays like Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Roadblock, and I hope Hama continues to utilize the large and varied roster at his disposal.

A good next step of an issue, though as I said, I am hoping to see some wrap up of the Revanche story line soon.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

I was hoping to get this published last week, but time was not on my side.  But better late than never.

Hama and Gallant once again dive into the classic Real American Hero world, yet manage to bring some new things to the table.  Are they all good?  I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m willing to buckle up and take the ride.

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