Comic Review: G.I. Joe (IDW, Vol. 4): The Fall of G.I. Joe

Published: March 10th, 2015
Written by: Karen Traviss
Art by: Steve Kurth
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro

IDW Publishing, 208 Pages


Well, I finally got there. I’ve gotten to the point where IDW’s G.I. Joe run has gone off of the rails. Sadly, it was at the hands of Karen Traviss, whose work I really enjoyed when she was penning Star Wars books before Disney bought the franchise and ignored the Expanded Universe that Traviss greatly contributed to.

Maybe Traviss got this G.I. Joe gig because of her name. And maybe she wasn’t an avid G.I. Joe fan like she seemed to be a Star Wars fan. Whatever the reasoning, this is just a bad, bad story. Well, it’s a bad G.I. Joe story. It could have been an okay story if you just want your action adventure military tales to be nothing but a bunch of talking. Seriously, that’s all this is… talking.

There is no action, whatsoever. Okay, a few people get shot but not in a big battle or anything, as there are no big battles. This entire story arc made up the fourth phase of IDW’s G.I. Joe run. So this entire phase of a franchise that is known as one of the most action packed of all-time, had absolutely no action. I can’t stress the importance of action in a G.I. Joe story enough. G.I. Joe has always had energy, this had zero.

The art was a big departure from what I’ve been used to with IDW’s other G.I. Joe stuff. It wasn’t bad art, it was just very different. Also, the cover designs are terrible. I’m not sure who approved the art style for the covers of these issues but this is a friggin’ G.I. Joe comic book, not some construction paper art hanging from the hallways of an elementary school. Also, the women were made a lot less attractive, which is becoming the norm in comic books these days but certainly isn’t going to make this book appeal to any thirteen year-old boys. But comic book creators don’t seem like they’re comic book fans anymore or that they even have the vaguest understanding of the medium.

The Fall of G.I. Joe is the worst G.I. Joe story I have read by IDW Publishing up to this point. I will read the follow up Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra but after that, IDW started crossing over G.I. Joe and other franchises; I don’t have any interest in that really.

Rating: 4.75/10
Pairs well with: Nothing. But I guess I’ll mention what comes before it, which is G.I. Joe (IDW, Vol. 3), Vol. 3: Siren’s Song. And also the story that follows it, Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.

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