Published: July 8th, 2014
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Paul Gulacy, Will Rosado
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 124 Pages
This is the final book in IDW’s version of G.I. Joe: Special Missions. It is also the end of Chuck Dixon’s run on G.I. Joe, which is pretty sad as he was the best writer the franchise has ever had that isn’t Larry Hama, the old school, original G.I. Joe writer.
Dixon’s stories have been pretty damn solid and he’s created some iconic moments and events that I will always remember in the highest regard. I also own all of his G.I. Joe stuff, so I can go back and enjoy it whenever I feel like it for the rest of my life.
This series came to a close, as the third phase of IDW’s G.I. Joe run was also coming to a close. While the first and second phases were my favorite era in the IDW canon, the third phase was also great and very different due to massive things changing after the big Cobra Civil War event that took up most of phase two.
The story here picks up with Scarlett’s team, who we haven’t really seen since G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Vol. 1 where they were trying to stop the Baroness from recovering a fortune that she lost at sea. This story also serves to bring some closure to the phase one plot that saw Destro kill Copperback’s father. Something that Copperback has wanted revenge for since the M.A.S.S. Device story arc that took up the entirety of phase one.
Overall, this is a really good story with a lot of action and some good plot twists. I feel like Destro has been severely underutilized by IDW but he really gets some time to shine here.
Pairs well with: The other comics that happen alongside this one: G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files, Vol. 2 & G.I. Joe, Vol. 2: Threat Matrix.