The landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was the big story what seems like just a few weeks ago, so I was surprised to see the next issue already slated for release this past Wednesday. I was quite pleasantly surprised, I should say, simply because while I enjoyed issue #200, I didn’t feel like it presented an impactful closure to the current story, and I was hoping to see how things continued to evolve.
As it turns out, issue #201 seems like more of a set up issue, but it’s still a quite enjoyable one. Check out the full review after the jump.
As a collective, Marvel G.I. Joe fans have been hotly anticipating this huge release for quite a while now, and finally that day has arrived! Larry Hama and SL Gallant have teamed up to bring G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 to Joe fans everywhere, and it also marks Gallant as the longest running artist in the book’s history! That seems unbelievable, but it’s true.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier. Gallant has a great artistic style, and is able to infuse character and dramatic action, while also being very faithful in the representation of realistic elements like weapons and vehicles. It’s a critical mixture of skills that not many artists can capture. Gallant does it perfectly. I couldn’t be more pleased that he now has this landmark to his name, and I am greatly looking forward to his continuing run on this great book.
Today marks the first issue of Paul Allor’s four issue run on G.I. Joe, and he goes in a little bit of a different direction than we saw Fred Van Lente throughout the first eleven issues.
While much of Van Lente’s run focused on the mainstream G.I. Joe team with lots of all out action, Allor’s first issue is decidedly Cobra themed, with more than its fair share of exposition. A very interesting dichotomy from the first eleven issues.
Ultimately, how successful is it? The full review is below.
I said this in the post I made with the preview for this issue…but it seems like just yesterday we were anticipating what Fred Van Lente was going to do with IDW’s flagship G.I. Joe title, and here we are, seven issues deep, and we’ve already made it through one story arc and are on the verge of kicking off another.
Even before this issue was released it was causing some controversy, mostly based around the supposed return of G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes. So, were those concerns valid? Read the full review after the jump. As one might suspect, there are spoilers contained below!
So last night I was going through Comixology to make sure I was up to date on my G.I. Joe comics, and was surprised to see Real American Hero #193 had been released! For whatever reason IDW hadn’t put it out there for a Preview, so I had forgotten it was due this week. I’m glad I found it, though, because it was another great issue from Larry Hama, Sergio Cariello, and SL Gallant. Cariello took care of the majority of art chores, with Gallant filling in on the final few pages.
Check out the full review after the jump.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #193 Writer: Larry Hama Artist: Sergio Cariello Additional Art: SL Gallant and Brian Shearer Colors: J. Brown and Zac Atkinson Additional Colors: Ester Salguero, Joana LaFuente, Stefano Simeone, Aburtov and Grafikslava Letters: Shawn Lee Editor: Carlos Guzman Continue reading →
Thanks to the long hard work by guys like Mark Bellomo, Larry Hama and the talented folks at IDW, the Marvel era of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero has never been treated better than it is being treated now. Not just because of the fantastic Real American Hero title that is kicking ass every single month, but also IDW’s pure willingness to go back in time and collect every Marvel issue into one cohesive “Complete Collection”. This Complete Collection includes not just the regular Marvel releases, but the Special Missions, Yearbooks, and even Comic Pack comics, all in chronological order!
Mark has poured his blood, sweat and tears into bringing these titles together, and it really shows. But, you know, if you’re going to invest in a Marvel “Complete Collection” you might as well go all the way. Along with their regular releases, IDW Publishing is also releasing IDW Limited Special Editions featuring the Marvel Complete collection.
I feel very sad and disappointed that I didn’t get this review done more quickly, as this was an amazing issue of A Real American Hero. This was pure Hama greatness, almost as if pulled from the 80′s, with some great hints of Special Missions tossed in for good measure. This isn’t a “feel good” story of G.I. Joe, it’s wrought with many of the same government tensions and political frustrations as you may have witnessed with the old Special Missions series, yet it’s not obvious, it’s just a part of the story.
Every day that a new Real American Hero issue is released is a day that I’m one happy G.I. Joe fan. Check out the full review after the jump.
I’ve been pretty clear that my favorite ongoing G.I. Joe title at the moment is Larry Hama’s Real American Hero title, mostly because it manages to capture the nearly perfect combination of goofy fantasy and military action from the great 80′s series.
It is for this reason that I continue to be astounded at how much I love Mike Costa’s Cobra (and now the Cobra Files) series. It’s pretty much the polar opposite of a traditional G.I. Joe book, diving deep into the murky under belly of the current military machine, yet every month I find myself totally captivated by the stories told here. Even more amazing to me is the fact that Costa uses characters that there are no toys for (Ronin, the IDW Firewall, and to a point, Chameleon) and yet I still love it. Normally no toys for the characters in the book I’m reading is usually a knock against it. Not this time, though.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for my full review.
The latest season of IDW’s G.I. Joe title is cruising along, with Fred Van Lente on the writing duties as he makes great strides building this G.I. Joe universe. We’re already getting some backstory that has been previously unrevealed…but are the memories real, or manufactured?
It’s an interesting look into Duke’s background, though some questions remain.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full review.
The comic world has changed in many ways over the past several years, and writers have learned to adapt to this new mentality. Writing for the trade, or building stories in a certain way is considerably different now than it was even 15 or 20 years ago. The entire landscape is different.
Someone forgot to tell Larry Hama this.
To read the full review of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #189 click the Read the Rest of the Story link below.