Published: January, 2010 – February, 2011
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Robert Atkins
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 374 (total) Pages
Up to this point, I have never done a comic book review that wasn’t a collection or a graphic novel. This one is different though due to IDW not releasing a proper follow up to their G.I. Joe (IDW, Vol. 1) – Omnibus, Vol. 1, which was the first half of the M.A.S.S. Device storyline. These issues collect the second half of that storyline but they weren’t collected into a proper Omnibus, Vol. 2 format and were instead reorganized into other collections that mixed different G.I. Joe titles into chronological order. So the best way to wrap up the massive introductory story into IDW’s G.I. Joe universe is to read these single issues.
Early on in this string of issues, we see Bazooka die trying to keep Scarlett and Duke alive, meet a strange gang of assassins that wear animal heads, see Snake Eyes return to a quiet life with the Hard Master and see the M.A.S.S. Device succeed at a major test that surprisingly leads to Destro’s imprisonment and the Baroness being reassigned.
The story also gets into the Joes checking out an isolated island in the Pacific where Cobra has some secrets buried. We get a raid on a submarine, a cool reveal on the island, a tsunami and some solid Shipwreck and Cover Girl action.
I guess what would be the third and final act of this string of issues is the team-up of Snake Eyes and Helix, one of the best IDW G.I. Joe creations, as they travel back to where the M.A.S.S. Device is located and take out the base and take Cobra’s technological advantage off of the table.
I love this series of issues. The second half of the M.A.S.S. Device storyline is better than the first and it sucks that this wasn’t collected into its own book. The story comes full circle and it leaves you with a good understanding and familiarity with this new and grittier version of G.I. Joe. After this, the IDW G.I. Joe universe heads towards the massive Cobra Civil War mega event.
Chuck Dixon did a stupendous job writing this early G.I. Joe stuff. The art was also incredible and this is one of my favorite eras in the entirety of G.I. Joe‘s long existence.
Pairs well with: IDW’s G.I. Joe (IDW, Vol. 1) – Omnibus, Vol. 1 and the G.I. Joe: Origins series.