Comic Review: G.I. Joe: Infestation 2

Published: March 14th, 2012
Written by: Mike Raicht
Art by: Valentino De Landro, John Rauch
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro

IDW Publishing, 53 Pages

Review:

I read the first G.I. Joe: Infestation story not too long ago and reviewed it. It was okay but a bit weird and didn’t seem to have much of a point. The original one was a mega crossover event with other properties that saw them all fighting zombies. This version is pretty much the same thing but instead of zombies, we get a Lovecraftian horror twist.

But like the original, this one was kind of fun but also seemed pretty pointless.

Maybe I need to read the entire Infestation runs but I’m just not interested in most of the other franchises in these crossovers other than TransformersGhostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I don’t care so much for IDW’s own original franchises and how they’re tied in. There are also tie ins to 30 Days of Night and Dungeons & Dragons but I don’t care about either of those. Well, unless the D&D book followed the characters from the ’80s cartoon but it doesn’t, it’s just generic D&D stuff.

Like the first Infestation, this one spends some time with the Baroness. But we also get some action from Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, which immediately makes this a bit cooler than its predecessor.

The problem with the Infestation series of books, is that they’re just too short. Maybe it all works better from a narrative standpoint if you read them all but I’d rather just have a more fleshed out G.I. Joe take on H.P. Lovecraft.

This isn’t a waste of time but it also isn’t a must read. It also isn’t necessary if you are trying to read through IDW’s core G.I. Joe stuff, as I recently did. It’s a stand alone story that isn’t specifically tied into anything in the IDW G.I. Joe canon.

Rating: 6/10
Pairs well with: Other releases in IDW’s multi-franchise Infestation and Infestation 2 crossovers.

Comic Review: G.I. Joe: Infestation

Published: 2011
Written by: Mike Raicht
Art by: Matthew Dow Smith
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro

IDW Publishing, 54 Pages

Review:

I heard good things about IDW’s big crossover event Infestation, so I thought I’d check out the G.I. Joe portion of the event with plans to certainly read the TransformersStar Trek and Ghostbusters books as well.

However, I was really underwhelmed by this story. Two issues was just two short for this arc and maybe it needs to be read within the context of the larger arc spread between six different titles. Regardless, this just didn’t do much for me.

This just seemed like a weak and gimmicky attempt at throwing the G.I. Joe franchise into a zombie storyline and to be frank, the zombie shtick has been milked so hard in the last decade that the undead cow’s utters have already rotted off. And I’m a guy that used to eat up zombie fiction like brains at a living dead smorgasbord.

The story also only showcases less than a handful of Joes and very briefly. The only other known character in this story is the Baroness, who you know will survive, so the story loses all of its suspense and tension. Everyone else in this tale is just a random scientist you’ve never seen before or either a Cobra Viper or Eel a.k.a. fodder for the monsters.

Also, the zombie element is just really weird and nonsensical. The “virus” comes aboard this secret installation through technology. It takes over the B.A.T.S. (Battle Android Troopers for those unaware). Then it zombifies cyborg animals in the lab. So you get zombie cyborg monkeys, a zombie cyborg falcon and some other stuff.

The plot feels weird and random and just sort of feels thrown together in a cheap attempt for IDW to create their own version of the uber successful Marvel Zombies stories.

I’m more interested in the second Infestation event, as that one takes some cool franchises and mixes them with H.P. Lovecraft horror stories. That’s definitely a cooler idea than throwing zombies into a story for the sake of just throwing zombies into a story.

Rating: 5.5/10
Pairs well with: Other releases in IDW’s multi-franchise Infestation and Infestation 2 crossovers.