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.
With the last major IDW event Cobra Command I made a concerted effort to review each and every installment so I could see how the story progressed as a whole. When I review a book I tend to dive more deeply into it myself and truly absorb it better as I prepare to write an article about it.
Well, I’m already behind the eight ball with Target: Snake Eyes considering I missed the chance to review G.I. Joe #18 last week, but I’m going to endeavor to cover as much of this story as I can.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check out the review.
This week we get another installment of volume 2 of the main G.I. Joe title from IDW Publishing. It will be hitting comic shops on September 5th, so here is the preview for the upcoming issue. Returning to the title is Alex Cal, the artist from the fantastic Cobra Command story. Check out the images below.
G.I. JOE #17
Chuck Dixon (w) • Alex Cal (a & c)
DEEP TERROR Epilogue! COBRA’s scheme to take the Joes public goes viral. America’s most secret fighting force is on the run! COBRA COMMANDER dispenses his own rewards for failure. Copperback a prisoner of the JOEs! And SCARLETT learns that SNAKE EYES is still alive and confronts Helix in an encounter only one of them may survive!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Robert Atkins cover
The artist of the smash hit COBRA COMMAND is back!
A pivotal moment that defines the future of G.I. JOE!
Once again running about a week behind, but I just can’t help it with all of the IDW awesomeness that comic stores are getting hit with on a weekly basis! To this point I believe I have reviewed every installment of the Cobra Command series, and here is a helpful little rundown of all of those reviews:
I’ll be honest, it’s been a great ride, but obviously every story arc is only as good as the last memory of it. So how does Cobra Command shake out? Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the details.
As Cobra Command has surged along at a high rate of speed, I’m struggling a little bit to keep up, but trying my best! Cobra #11 was released today featuring the conclusion to Cobra Command, but I figured I can’t very well tackle a review of that one until I get last week’s installment off the table.
I’ve found myself surprisingly happy with the unfolding events in Nanzhao, even as some things that I’m normally not a huge fan of transpire around it. I was a bit discouraged to see the super human B.A.T.s become such a major component, though they were pretty quickly wiped off the map with the detonation of the nuclear device.
Speaking of which… click the read the rest of the story link for the full review.
Tomorrow is new comic day, and a pair of new G.I. Joe themed comics are hitting your local comic store. G.I. Joe: Retaliation #3 continues the pre-movie adventures of Roadblock and Snake Eyes, while G.I. Joe: Cobra #11 puts a bow on the thrilling Cobra Command story arc.
Check out the 5-page previews below and don’t forget to hit up your LCS to pick up those issues!
Cobra Ongoing #11
Mike Costa (w) • Alex Cal (a) • Dave Wilkins, Antonio Fuso (c)
“COBRA COMMAND” CONCLUDES! This is it—the final battle as the JOEs struggle to survive. Everything changes here! Who lives—who dies—who wins? The answers aren’t what you expect, and the foundation for the future of G.I. Joe starts here!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 *Variant covers:
David Williams interconnected cover! Bullet points:
The G.I. JOE status is irrevocably changed!
The Future of the JOEs and COBRA starts here!
G.I. JOE: Retaliation Movie Prequel #3
John Barber (w) • Salvador Navarro (a & c)
THE PREQUEL TO THIS SUMMER’S MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE STRIKES AGAIN! Snake Eyes—a deadly ninja. Roadblock—an unparalleled commando. Now’s the time for them to match skills and throw down. Who’ll win in this battle of fighting styles? It’s no holds barred brawling with the bad guys in the middle—plus, new secrets of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are revealed!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 *Variant covers:
Black & white Salvador Navarro cover! Bullet points:
Leading directly into the hottest movie of the summer, G.I. JOE 2!
Yes, I know I’m a bit behind the 8 ball on this one, time has been tight… but I figured I couldn’t very well review Snake Eyes #11, covering Cobra Command Part 8 unless I covered Cobra Command Part 7 first!
That’s how much I’m enjoying this storyline…trying to make every effort to review every part of it.
Go ahead and click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check out the full review.
I ran a bit behind last week getting the IDW reviews posted, but I don’t intend to make that mistake this week, especially as Cobra Command continues on and we finally get at least a little bit of interaction between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
I’m the last person to complain about a lack of ninja conflict within the G.I. Joe universe, but IDW has really been dragging out the whole Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow dynamic. Apparently they’re moving closer to a resolution here as Snake Eyes wades neck deep into Red Ninja territory.
Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below for the full review!
As mentioned in the Real American Hero #175 review, toy and Super Bowl news overshadowed my focus on the comics universe, but I’m trying to change that this week, especially because the Cobra Command storyline is hitting it on all cylinders.
Click the Read the Rest of this Entry link below for the full review!
Pretty much since day one, IDW’s Cobra title has been very unique among the other G.I. Joe titles. It had a very distinct writing style and an even more unique art style, which immediately brought it out of the “high octane” action world and into a crime noir episodic world.
So what was going to happen when IDW brought Cobra into the more mainstream style? Well, it loses some of its unique charm, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad issue. Click the Read the Rest of this Entry link below for the details.