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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #273

by Alan Rapp on August 10, 2020

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #273 comic reviewAfter several issues of lead-up, the rescue of Throwdown (who Cobra still mistakenly believe is the original Snake Eyes) begins with the first of many forces sneaking into the Cobra underground laboratory as others including the Arashikage and teams led by Zartan and Destro arrive in Springfield as well.

Inside the bunker, Throwdown has already started his escape and has taken both Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender hostage, keeping all the Cobra eyes turned inward and unaware of what is about to rain down on them.

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Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1

by Alan Rapp on July 23, 2020

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Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1 comic reviewWritten and drawn by Rob Liefeld, Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1 is an odd comic that brings an unexpected mysticism into the G.I. JOE world. The story begins with Snake Eyes, Roadblock, and Tripwire sent to investigate the unexplained use of an old Joe code where they find a captured Joe Colton and a reborn legendary warrior known as Kirigun, an Arashikage boogeyman who lives up to the legend fighting Snake Eyes to a draw before departing.

Liefeld is an obvious fan of the character and takes quite a bit of pleasure in drawing him in various poses as the Joe’s silent ninja is able to cut through minimal resistance before running into Kirigun. From what little we get, Kirigun and “Deadgame” has ties to Arashikage and Snake Eyes’ murky past, but with most of the comic spent focusing on how to draw Snake Eyes in various cool poses there’s not a lot of story here.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #272

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2020

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #272 comic reviewThrowdown (who Cobra still mistakenly believe is the original Snake Eyes) makes his escape attempt as the Joes continue to mobilize by land, air, and space. Putting pieces in place for the final three issues of the “Snake Hunt” arc, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #272 features Joes in buses, planes, and deploying a satellite in space. Zartan and Destro‘s teams also rendezvous with the the Joe caravan and the Arashikage arrive in Springfield as well.

The only real action from G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #272 comes from our hero’s attempt to escape the Cobra bunker before Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender can turn him into a puppet for Cobra. Throwdown does fairly well against such odds, but with so much of the story left to tell, I’ll guess he’s not making it out on his own just yet.

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Storm Shadow Arashikage Statue

by Alan Rapp on June 10, 2020

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Storm Shadow Arashikage Statue

This limited edition Storm Shadow Arashikage Statue can be yours for the low, low price of $525.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #271

by Alan Rapp on June 8, 2020

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #271 comicsAt it’s best G.I. JOE offers a mix of action and goofy over-the-top storytelling. G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #271 offers both as “Snake Hunt” continues with the Joes planning Throwdown‘s (who Cobra still mistakenly believe is the original Snake Eyes) rescue, the captive making a move of his own, and Destro explaining to the Baroness why he has chosen to ally himself with Zartan rather than Cobra Commander.

There are three stand-out moments in this issue. One involves Throwdown attempting escape in front of his armed guarding yelling in vain for him to stop. Another features the an all-star line-up of Joes packing into buses as if on some kind of school field trip. And last, the team pulls out all the stops in rescuing their captive comrade by even dusting off and deploying the Defiant.

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