Usually when it comes to G.I. Joe, I’m old school or nothing. I was a huge fan of the original Marvel series and generally felt that unless the book was written by Larry Hama, it wasn’t worth my time. So when IDW got the license to publish new G.I. Joe comics and announced that they were creating a whole new continuity, I shrugged my shoulders and went and reread the old Marvel books.
Turns out I didn’t know what I was missing.
IDW’s G.I. Joe is a fast paced, espionage thrill ride in the vein of Tom Clancy and Call of Duty, yet still has that G.I. Joe flavor that makes it unique. And nowhere is this more evident than the G.I. Joe: Cobra vol. 2 trade paperback that collects the second half of the title’s part of the Cobra Civil War storyline.
Collecting issues #5-8 by the creative team of Mike Costa and Werther Dell’Edera (with an assist from Antonio Fuso); it tells the story of Black-Out, a Cobra sleeper agent trying to infiltrate G.I. Joe while the competition to find a new Cobra Commander rages on. All the while he’s playing a game of cat and mouse with Chameleon, an ex-Cobra agent trying to become a member of the Joes. It is an intense, fast paced story that takes no prisoners and leaves you guessing until the end you never see coming.
A large part of the credit for how well the book works in Costa, who has been writing the Cobra spin-off book since IDW took over the license. Writing a good comic about the bad guys is never easy, but he manages to make the book read like a Jason Bourne thriller with twists and turns that seem to come out of left field, but make perfect sense. In addition, all his characters read like fully realized people, with back stories and motivations that help give the reader a complete picture of who they are.
When you first see it, the art by Dell’Edera and Fuso seems like an odd choice for a G.I. Joe comic, but that is part of what makes it so good. The book stands apart from the other two titles in the line up (that being G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes) and their styles fit the tension and mood Costa is going for flawlessly. The final fight that closes the book moves breathlessly from panel to panel and tells the story with little dialogue. That is the sign of an artist that knows what he is doing.
G.I. Joe: Cobra vol.2 closes out this part of the Cobra Civil War plotline in grand fashion. Costa, Dell’Edera and Fuso do some really great work and have me eagerly waiting for volume 3.
Want to see for yourself how good the book is? Great! Because IDW has given us one copy of G.I. Joe: Cobra vol. 2 to give away to a Geekadelphia reader. Leave a comment letting us know who your favorite Joe or Cobra is and we’ll pick a random winner at the end of next week. Please make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment and books can only be sent to addresses in the United States and Canada.