Published: August 1st, 2012
Written by: Larry Hama
Art by: various
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
Marvel Comics (original printing), IDW Publishing (reprinted), 232 Pages
I have finally reached the end of the classic Marvel Comics G.I. Joe run, which was almost entirely written by Larry Hama.
Most of it was great but the last four or five volumes are pretty shitty, this one being no different, which is sort of sad, considering how great this franchise was in its prime, back when Larry Hama still cared about it and when Hasbro was making great toys and not corny ones that pushed fans away.
To be fair, most of the loyal G.I. Joe fans were also more into girls by the early ’90s.
Anyway, this final collection of issues is a wee bit better than the previous lot but the series still went out with a whimper.
This is also plagued by awful art that is well below Marvel’s quality standards in the ’90s.
Most of the half dozen or so artists here were trying really hard to be the next Rob Liefeld and I don’t say that complimentary. They sort of adopted the worst parts of Liefeld’s style and gave us stories littered with bad physics, weird anatomy and messed up looking faces.
All in all, I still love this series. But everything went to shit after about 100 issues and never recovered.
Pairs well with: Any of the original Marvel G.I. Joe comics.