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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #270

by Alan Rapp on February 12, 2020

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #270 comic reviewAlthough the captured Throwdown (who Cobra still mistakenly believe is the original Snake Eyes) does make a cameo, the focus of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #270 is elsewhere.

The issue checks back in with Zartan‘s surprising rescue of Destro and the Baroness from the mercy of robotic Revanche. Fans of the Dreadnoks will be happy as Zartan pulls in the whole crew to help with the escape.

Most of the rest of the issue features the Department of Defense stifling any rescue attempts the JOE’s prepare to make. Is this simply politics? An attempt to prevent escalation between G.I. JOE and Cobra? Or is there something more nefarious at work?

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #269

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2020

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #269 comic review“Snake Hunt” continues as Laura 343 and her team successfully deliver the captured Throwdown (who Cobra still mistakenly believe is the original Snake Eyes) to Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender. The short tour Laura receives of the impressive facility suggests what Larry Hama may have in mind by foreshadowing the technology that could allow the original Snake Eyes to live again.

The Joes aren’t the only ones planning a rescue mission as the the comic peeks in on some familiar faces from the Arashikage who plan on taking the fight to Cobra before they can successfully turn this Snake Eyes into their loyal soldier. I’ll admit to being excited to see this group fight together.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #268

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2019

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #268 comic reviewG.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #267 is heavy on action as the Joes scramble to recover the kidnapped Throwdown (who Cobra Commander erroneously believes is the original Snake Eyes).

In the air battle to retrieve their former comrade we see several of the franchise’s best known fighters including the Skystriker, the Cobra Rattler, and the Night Raven. In the confusion, Throwdown is able to break his bonds offering a more close-quarters view of the escape attempt. Despite all the action, the Joes fail to retake their friend who remains on course to Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #267

by Alan Rapp on October 16, 2019

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #267 comic reviewG.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #267 offers the pay-off to the last issue’s tease of sleeper cell Cobra units waiting to strike just outside of Staten Island, New York. Although the initial ruse of sneaking in a team using tanker trucks doesn’t go off without a hitch, leading to far more casualties than Cobra expected, in the end Cobra makes it down to the bunker and makes it out with their prize – Snake Eyes.

Given what was teased in the last issue and here, I expected the young papergirl to have a larger role in unraveling Cobra’s plans. Instead she turns into just another bystander of the sneak attack that involves an absurd amount of troops and troops and H.I.S.S. tanks in order to claim the source of Cobra Commander‘s latest obsession.

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G.I. JOE #1

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2019

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G.I. JOE #1 comic reviewIn the new volume of G.I. JOE the Joes have lost the battle with Cobra. Now working covertly, those that remain at large work as saboteurs and spies hoping to deal a blow to the enemy that has already taken the country.

There isn’t much here for me, and I doubt I’ll be spending much time in this timeline (IDW still has the less bleak current G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero continuing where I’ll gladly go to get my fill of the brand). Not only is Cobra victorious in this reality, but a core Joe is killed in the opening pages (as nothing more than to make a statement about just how bad things have become).

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