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May 14, 2011

IDW Reviews: G.I. Joe #1

G.I. Joe #1
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artist: Javier Saltares
Cover: Zach Howard

If you’ve been reading G.I. Joe: Cobra, then you already know that the Commander is dead and there is now a desperate race to find a replacement. The details of how this will be accomplished were revealed in G.I. Joe: Cobra Civil War #0, and now the re-launch of G.I. Joe begins to expand on those events. This issue opens up with the cover story version of the Commander’s death that will be known to the rest of the terrorist organization. A brief recap of the individuals involved in the bid for the new Commander position are listed, then we focus on the Baroness’s attempt to take out a squad of Joes via Cobra sniper Blacklight. There’s also an infiltration of the PIT unbeknownst to the Joes, and it looks like Stormshadow is in the mood to spill a lot of blood.

Dixon delivers a solid start to the Cobra Civil War story line, and it’s one that actually makes me want to stay and see this thing through. This issue is what you want in a Joe title and reminds me of the days when the original G.I. Joe title got a little more dark and serious. The action is well paced and fun to watch, and we get plenty of good dialog to go along with it that moves the story. There isn’t a heavy amount of military talk that needs further explanation during the issue to take away from what’s going on, either. I’m finding that’s my main issue with the other Joe title from IDW. My only complaint would be the amount of “new” Joes introduced just for the sake of having characters to kill off. It just takes away from the element of surprise along with that feeling that everyone is not safe when the bullets start flying. I am a bit confused as to how easy it was for Cobra to locate the PIT, since I don’t remember them successfully getting the location in the last series. Hopefully Dixon explains this over the course of the series, or maybe I just missed something during the last run. I’m hoping for some twists from Dixon. Since only a few candidates were picked by the Cobra Council to assume the position, it’s not too far of a stretch to think that others won’t toss in their bid for the opportunity to lead Cobra.

The overall look of the issue was good, though some panels stood out as better pieces than others. The sniping sequence was one of the better parts of the story visually, as Saltares moved it along very well. Other areas of the issue were more hit and miss, but even those were helped out by the coloring and inks, though I was a bit disturbed that Scarlett was a bit more top heavy than usual. It didn’t border on ridiculous, but it came quite close. Saltares does good work so I’m holding on to the hope that he delivers a little more in the coming issues.

Once again another Joe title is starting off quite strong as Dixon keeps the ball rolling on this Cobra Civil War story arc. Aside from the fact that this current incarnation of G.I. Joe and Cobra know little about each other, it allows for something new to be introduced to the G.I. Joe mythology. So it’s definitely the shot in the arm this entire series needed, if you ask me. I’d suggest getting in on the ground floor with this issue if you’re a fan of the Joe franchise and want to see where this is going.

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  1. […] For a story focused on a guy that can’t speak and doesn’t show his face, this issue far surpasses the previous Cobra Civil War titles. Much of it is the choice of characters that Dixon chose to surround Snake Eyes with, as we get Alpine, Helix, and Iceberg. All of whom are known to some degree, unlike the many ”new” Joes that have been thrown into the various Cobra Civil War books just to end up dead in two panels. The dialog between the characters is sharp and isn’t bogged down with too much military speak that distracts from the main story. Alpine and Iceberg are a very good balance against characters like Snake Eyes and Helix, as they provide a bit of the lighter moments in the story, but with a seriousness in getting the job done. We are also treated to several flashback moments that flesh out events that seem to have happened during G.I. Joe #1. […]



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