Published: December 25th, 2012
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Robert Atkins, Atilio Rojo
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 124 Pages
After reading through the massive Cobra Civil War event and its sequel Cobra Command, I wanted to see what was next in IDW’s G.I. Joe run. That brought me to this book, which is one of the next story arcs after those much bigger books.
This tale happens alongside G.I. Joe: Deep Terror and G.I. Joe: Cobra, vol. 2: Son of the Snake. I have already read and reviewed Deep Terror and Son of the Snake.
In this story, we catch up with Snake Eyes, who last we saw during the events of Cobra Command where he left behind Helix and the G.I. Joe team to realign himself with his ninja brother Storm Shadow and the Arashikage clan.
We learn that Storm Shadow and the Arashikage feel betrayed by the new Cobra Commander. Snake Eyes acts as an ally with his own secret agenda because this may be his one real opportunity to cripple Cobra and to make Storm Shadow see the light. Reasoning aside, it is cool seeing the ninja brothers fight side by side.
The Arashikage are pitted against Cobra for the first time. Storm Shadow attempts to kill the Commander but fails and strikes a dummy. This exposes his intentions and the Commander goes to Serpentor in an effort to find new assassins to fill the void left behind by the loss of Storm Shadow, his most effective killer.
This book also, finally, introduces the IDW G.I. Joe universe to the Dreadnoks. Their debut has been long overdue and I haven’t liked the IDW version of Zartan, thus far. I’m hoping that this leads to a more traditional version of the villain and his badass biker gang.
In the end, this is a really solid Snake Eyes story. It gives a peek into his and Storm Shadow’s past and gives more backstory to both these iconic characters.
Pairs well with: G.I. Joe: Deep Terror and G.I. Joe: Cobra, Vol. 2: Son of the Snake, the two stories that happen alongside this one. The follow up to all three stories is G.I. Joe: Target Snake Eyes.