The GeeksverseG.I. Joe Origins #21 – Advanced Review

G.I. Joe Origins #21 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: David Lapham
Art by: Werther Dell’Edera
Colored by: Arianna Florean
Lettered by: Chris Mowry
Assisstant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Covers: A- Tom Feister; B- Werther Dell’Edera w/ Arianna Florean

The Mad Monk’s story continues. The story is still told from the perspective of Doctor Horvath.

It’s an interesting take, having the outsider’s view as the events unfold. Being the watcher.

Monk has joined Colossus World Security, a paramilitary corporation, which is really a front for Cobra. He was brought there by Dr. Horvath. We know that Monk is a high number, but we don’t know how high, and this issue shows us just how good the Mad Monk is.

For most of the issue, Monk toes the line. He takes the abuse given by the rest of the company, especially the Sargeant. He does just enough to be there, but not to what he’s fully capable of. He’s getting money for his family and thats what he cares about. They keep pushing and pushing, trying to break him, but he won’t do it.

It’s interesting reading Horvath’s commentary on Monk. He knows what Monk is doing, and why, but Horvath knows he needs to keep pushing and pushing and find the point where Monk snaps and becomes what he is really capable of. He finally finds that trigger and Monk rapidly moves up the ranks, excelling at everything he does.

Time is spent explaining more about the number system. The issue reads as almost a psych profile of Monk and Horvath himself. Some of the actions taken seem odd, like when Horvath hires the mugger, but when taken in context of Horvath hiding the fact that he’s only a four, it all makes sense. Here’s a man that decides the fates of people by this numbering system he adopted from a serial killer, and he knows he goes against it to accomplish his goals and he hides his own number to do so. It’s interesting the conflict that Horvath is under. He believes in the system whole heartedly, but he’s still willing to play outside the systems rules.

The interesting thing is what number the Mad Monk really is. We’re given a number at the end, the first time one has been shown/assigned to Monk, but Horvath has changed it from the actual by 1. Has he moved Monk up or moved Monk down?

Lapham turns in a story that has the style and tone of the Cobra series. This creative team would fit seamlessly into the Cobra series if the current team (hopefully not) chooses to leave.

Dell’Edera’s work reminds me of Antonio Fusos. The linework has a rough edge to it, but the figures are well proportioned. The pages are well laid out, flowing smoothly with the story. The characters features are detailed and the expressions are well done.

His style fits well with the tone of the story.

G.I. Joe Origins #21 receives
4 out of 5

I’m curious what the final fate of The Mad Monk will be.

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