COMIC TITLE: G.I. Joe #1 (2019)
Chris Evenhuis – Artist
Paul Allor–Writer
September 18, 2019
IDW Publishing

IMG_5406 (1)Spoiler Alert Warning: There could be potential spoilers in this article so reader discretion is advised. As a child, one of my favorite action figure lines and cartoon was the G.I. Joe series which followed a special forces team that battled a terrorist organization named Cobra. In the comic book world, we know that G.I. Joe had it’s first run with Marvel Comics (155 issues plus 28 issues of a side G.I. Joe title) before making it’s way back to life with Devil’s Due (for 79 issues). Devil’s Due lost it’s publishing rights from Hasbro and the comic then moved to IDW Publishing for 243 issues before relaunching G.I. Joe once again for this very day and we have it here for you in G.I. Joe #1. The issue was written by Paul Allor (Uncanny Inhumans) and illustrated by Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) and it features a world where Cobra is ruling and the G.I. Joes are fugitives in this strange world. Things get even worse for the Joes when their fearless leader Duke is executed right from the start by Major Bludd leaving a giant sized hole in a team that is already dwindling. One man who goes by the name Tiger witnesses the execution of Duke and he wants to make a change so he seeks out Scarlett and the rest of the Joes, but a bombshell is about to shock their world even more.

IMG_5405So let’s get one fact down right now and that is no matter how many weapons the Joes had int he cartoon series they never killed anyone. And I mean EVER! The fact that Stalker freaks out in the comic after killing a Viper is kind of hilarious to me and I think it was a fun way to poke fun at that by Paul Allor so kudos to him for doing that. I also want to give him kudos on the execution of Duke because that really came out of nowhere and I was like, “holy sh** they killed Duke!”  So once again kudos to Paul for throwing that monkeywrench (no pun attended) into the comic right from the start. I will also give him credit because he did the one thing that I enjoy seeing and that is he left a bombshell right at the end which will make me come back for more. When I read a comic, I need something that entices me to want to come back for more and he accomplished that. My one issue with the comic book itself is that I am not 100% a huge fan of the artwork. Now, I am not saying that it’s terrible with that statement, I think it’s really good just not great. It has it’s moments when it shines, but there are some panels that I was like well that’s OK. Other wise, I really liked the comic book and if you are a fan of G.I. Joe then I suggest you check this one out because it may surprise you. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s