G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #241

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What kind of an asshole starts reading a series over two hundred issues in? This kind.

I was a big GI Joe fan as a kid. So I’ve wanted to read the comics for a while. But because IDW picked up the original numbering from the old Marvel days, there’s a lot of backreading to do. So I thought that too overwhelming. I tried reading the simpler titled G.I. Joe comics that IDW put out as part of Revolution, but they weren’t very good. And they’re coming to an end soon.

So whatever. I picked up #241 and gave it a spin. And surprise, surprise… I have no clue what’s happening. There’s characters trapped in other characters’ bodies. There’s Joes dressing up as COBRA. I don’t know. I’m baffled. So I’m not so sure it’s a great idea to keep reading from here. I’d have to start way back or keep reading the Revolution stuff to get my G.I. Joe fix. Not sure either option is all that enticing right now.

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe #2

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Finally picked up issue #2. I guess I feel about the same as the first issue. It seems pretty cool, but I’m not super attached. I’ll probably continue reading, but it’ll be a lower priority pick up for me.

In this issue the Joe’s had to Mongolia for a mission to get after the Dreadnoks. And there’s some decent fight scenes there. Meanwhile a couple of Joe’s are also in Greece investigating the possibility that Cobra is possibly reassembling. It still feels like a lot of story build-up right now.

I still don’t love the artwork. I find its anime influence a little jarring, and I don’t like how often faces in the (somewhat) background are blank. Though I will say that the coloring is really pleasing to the eye.

G.I. Joe · One-Shot · Transformers

Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation

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I don’t even know what I just read. Truthfully, I’m a sucker for weird one-shots. And this is that. The concept is what if the Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe comic series was adapted into a movie – and then that movie was adapted into a comic book? Well, this is it. But it’s a total mess. At least it was for me who never read the original series. I’m sure it’s fun and funny if you did. Maybe?

The artwork is… not good. Intentionally so, I believe. It’s meant to look like some kind of like kid daydreaming sketches of such a concept. Complete with handwriting to match. But honestly, I had no idea what was going on. It was just one big mess of fractured scenes and stuff. So yeah. I wasn’t into it.

#1 · G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe #1

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I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I’ve been really fascinated by this IDW Hasbro-verse stuff. I know I’ve only read two-fifths of the main Revolution story, so I probably shouldn’t be reading a  post-Revolution book already but I just couldn’t resist this new G.I. Joe series when I saw that #1 on it.

I loved G.I. Joe as a kid. Basically until Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out and I had a new obsession anyway. Considering the main series has been running in SOME way for on-and-off for like thirty years, it seemed a lot easier for me to jump on to this new series as part of IDW’s “Reconstruction” initiative which is basically a reboot of all of their series in this shared universe.

And I had a good time with this book. I sometimes felt the slightly anime-inspired art to be a little bit weird, but all in all I thought it looked pretty nice. I don’t fully understand everything happening (again, since I haven’t finished Revolution), but it seems like a nice start to a new series. Surprisingly, I think I’m gonna dig this one.