Published: June 4th, 2013
Written by: Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa
Art by: Alex Cal, Beni Lobel, S.L. Gallant, Will Rosado, Antonio Fuso
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 328 Pages
After reading the fantastic Cobra – The Last Laugh and the damn good Cobra Civil War collections, I had to pick up this sequel to those. The three sagas sort of work well as a trilogy: the first one is about the death of Cobra Commander, the second is about finding his replacement and this story is about the new Commander’s first campaign.
This also feels like a fresh start, as things are different after the Cobra Civil War and the new Commander decides to bring Cobra out into the open. No longer are they publicly perceived as conspiracy theory boogeymen, they are now the biggest threat to freedom and liberty in the entire world.
Cobra invades a small country in Southeast Asia. It’s a very smart and strategic invasion, as the country has no real allies and is sort of on its own on the world stage. There is a deeper meaning, as to why they chose this country, but it isn’t fully revealed until the end of this book when you get to the chapter that covers the new Commander’s origin.
This is a well written and well drawn saga by the IDW staff. I’m loving the work of Chuck Dixon and Mike Costa and they are the best creative team writing G.I. Joe comics since the original Larry Hama era in the ’80s and ’90s.
The story sees the Joes go to blows with Cobra in Nanzhao, the country under siege. It also follows Snake Eyes as he confronts Storm Shadow and the Arashikage in a jungle temple. There is even a side story about Major Bludd and Tomax working together in an effort to create a coup within Cobra, as neither are happy with Krake as the new Cobra Commander.
For fans of classic G.I. Joe, there is a lot to love about this story. My only real complaint about IDW’s run on G.I. Joe is that I’m not a fan of how they write Zartan and up to this point, the Dreadnoks are non existent. I want me some damn Dreadnoks!
Pairs well with: The two sagas that precede it: Cobra – The Last Laugh and Cobra Civil War. This is the final part of a trilogy of major events around the Cobra Civil War.