Book Review: Tales from the Cobra Wars – A G.I. Joe Anthology

Since I have been knee deep in IDW’s G.I. Joe comics, as of late, I decided to pick up this book that exists within that same universe. It is an anthology of novella and short story length tales by various writers. It was edited by Max Brooks (son of the uber talented Mel Brooks, as well as the author of World War Z and its spiritual predecessor, The Zombie Survival Guide).

Sadly, I wasn’t pulled into this book in the same way that I’ve been pulled into IDW’s comics. Maybe my mind just needed that extra visual element but to be honest, the stories just didn’t have the excitement that the comics have had for me.

The first chapter was a Snake Eyes story by talented G.I. Joe comics writer Chuck Dixon. I love Dixon’s work and I can’t praise it enough but this tale didn’t really cut the mustard for me. I’m not a fan of Dixon’s prose, I guess. That’s not a knock against it but his writing is very “point A to point B” without a lot of flourish. Despite something cool happening in the story, the style just feels bland to me.

The other tales aren’t much better. Nothing is truly boring but nothing is truly exciting either.

I’m assuming I’m not alone in my assessment of this collection, as there was never any sort of follow up to it. Had it been a success, IDW would’ve probably kept pumping these out like their G.I. Joe comics.

Still, if you’re a hardcore fan, it’s hard not to pick this up. The cover art is solid and it will look good on a shelf wedged between other G.I. Joe titles.

Rating: 5.5/10
Pairs well with: IDW’s run of G.I. Joe comic book titles.

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