Today we’ve got three advance reviews of IDW titles for you – two G.I. Joe titles, and one Doctor Who. Geronimo, yo joe, and mild spoilers ho:
But seriously, folks, what Lara Hama and the rest of the team do so successfully here is continue to do what they’ve done for decades: deliver classic G.I. Joe tales in as fun and simple a manner as possible. Here, you basically have one long fight scene with Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes trying to elude a Terminator-lite robot. Does he have a weakness in the eye area? Will they be triumphant, but probably have to fight a hundred more robots next issue? Sure. And that’s what keeps us coming back.
Plus, what other comic book has a character shout that someone, “Just got defenestrated!” That’s just great stuff right there, and I mean that seriously. Lots of comic books go for a classic feel… By getting THE classic G.I. Joe team, IDW is creating (or rather continuing) a classic in just the right way.
What G.I. Joe does have down is military language, and for those who like their books full of technical specs, they’ll have a field day with this issue. Probably not a literal field day, but they will enjoy it. You get what I mean.
Still, the crossover – which finds Cobra deciding to just up and destroy a country, with the Joes unable to stop them in time, is an exciting one. And if you’re reading the rest of the crossover, there’s a couple of crucial bits here you’ll probably want to check out. For the rest of us, we’ll just head over to the next issue of Snake Eyes for the ninja fights.
But Matthew Dow Smith lends a pleasing sketchiness to the art chores, (no, he’s not the guy who plays the Doctor on TV), reminiscent of Andy Kuhn’s great work on Firebreather. If you’re a fan of the Doctor, these are solid adventures well told; if not, well, this is a fun way to get into them without the commitment of having to watch five seasons… Though you should do that anyway.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #175, G.I. Joe #10, and Doctor Who #14 all hit comic book stands on February 1, 2012 from IDW.