Thursday, March 24, 2011
GI Joe Origins v3 TPB
I think I'm getting bored with the IDW GI Joe line. It's not that it is bad, but it doesn't feel as "right" as it did at first. The Zartan story that takes up the first few issues of this trade is interesting, and it is a neat origin, but it sure doesn't feel like Zartan. Heck, having Zartan be a chemical android with the memories of the real Zartan injected just seems to far-fetched, doesn't it? I mean, I know this is a comic with teleporting and ninjas, but this is a whole new level of sci-fi. It's a great origin, it just feels out of place in the IDW GI Joe world. I do like the way Chuck Dixon shows so many levels of "normalcy" at Cobra. The guards, cooks, and stewards are all refreshingly mundane, even as they work in a sci-fi laboratory.
The final, silent issue is a throwback to the old silent issue of the original GI Joe run. It's fine, but it makes this trade awfully light. Joe Benitez does have a fun style, and he does a nice job with Snake Eyes' commando suit. Seeing Larry Hama's breakdowns was neat too; everything on Snake's costume had a purpose in-story.
This book had two stories (four issues) in it, and one issue had no words. It cost 17.99, and the original four issues would have cost 16. That's not a good investment, either way.