Published: July 15th, 2014
Written by: Paul Allor
Art by: Alex Cal, S.L. Gallant, Atilio Rojo, Robert Atkins, Steve Kurth, various
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 104 Pages
Well, I knew that I would have to eventually get to that point where IDW’s G.I. Joe universe would fall off in quality and this is it. This was the first IDW G.I. Joe book that I didn’t enjoy and found to be a real bore and mostly pretty pointless.
After reading this, it became apparent that IDW didn’t have a solid direction to movie towards with the G.I. Joe property. The earliest titles that were set before and around the M.A.S.S. Device storyline and then everything building towards the Cobra Civil War mega event and its aftermath was all really great. Things started to go south in the third wave of titles, however, and this being the end of that wave, only solidified my fears, that IDW had lost that magic touch.
The story follows a woman with the code name Siren, who goes to work for Cobra because they promise to help her get her son back. The Joes get a signal from her and set off on a mission to rescue her, her son and to take out the Cobra base they are at. They soon discover that the signal was sent months earlier and that Siren’s son has been indoctrinated and brainwashed by Cobra to be an agent. The base is a sort of training center where kids are molded into ideal Cobra soldiers. The camp is ran by Big Boa who is oddly female now and who already appeared in IDW’s G.I. Joe comics as a man before the Cobra Civil War event.
I haven’t minded gender swapped Joe characters before. I love the female Dial Tone and I like that Doc’s daughter took over as a new version of Doc. However, this almost feels more like a political sort of move, as the newly female version of Big Boa isn’t explained or given a background story. The male version died, if I remember correctly, as he hadn’t appeared for awhile before this. Maybe they’ll flesh out the female Big Boa after this but since this is the last release in the third phase of IDW’s G.I. Joe run, it seems doubtful.
There doesn’t seem to be much point to this story, other than to serve as a way to try to popularize IDW’s original character Hashtag, who is a girl blogger that acts like a holier than thou Millennial do-gooder that shouldn’t even be in an elite military group. But I don’t like how the third phase of titles turned G.I. Joe into celebrities and gave them a blogger to follow them around. The whole concept seems silly and forced and this story arc is the culmination of that weird and bad idea.
While I love Krake, the second Cobra Commander that rose to borrow during Cobra Civil War, the G.I. Joe stories have slowly been going off of the rails since he made Cobra public.
IDW Publishing served G.I. Joe incredibly well up to this point. I’m not sure what happened, other than maybe Chuck Dixon and Mike Costa wanting to move on to other projects but I don’t foresee things improving beyond this book.
Pairs well with: Other G.I. Joe comics from IDW’s third and fourth phase titles.