The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: Origins #23 – Advanced Review

G.I. Joe: Origins #23 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, January 3, 2011 by

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

This is the last issue of Origins. Which is and isn’t a shame. There have been some good stories told under this title, but most of them never really fit in with the Origins moniker. And alot of them felt like out of continuity because there were no direct ties to the main titles.

This ends Lapham’s arc and the origin of the Mad Monk and his introduction into the ranks of Cobra. Monk’s actual numbering is a bit of a surprise and I hope we get to see how all this plays out in other books. That Horvath is ready to accept his fate just shows how much faith he has in this Lome system he uses.

What I don’t understand is Krake. When he was introduced in the main title he was just a leader of some of Cobra’s infantry. But in this title he’s shown to be pretty high up in the ranks, having Baroness and Bludd reporting to him at the end it looks like, and he is said to be an 8 and the only 8 that Horvath has ever met. So has Horvath ever met Cobra Commander? Where does Krake fit into the hierarchy of Cobra? Would Cobra Commander then be a 9 (the system only goes to 8)?

That part doesn’t make much sense. I can see how Krake would be the contact person to keep CC away from Horvath’s end of things. But to make Krake an 8 and make him come off as the guy in charge?

It’s confusing.

The story itself is decent. Monk is given a reason (his family) to go along with Horvath’s grand scheme. Will his low numbering enable him to pull it off? It would be a shame if this storyline just disappears because the set-up was excellant and it has potential to be really good.

The art in this issue was bad. I can’t think of another word to describe it. Sloppy, messy, rushed. It definately looked rushed. Scarlett was wearing her Resolute outfit, but the boots and pants looked like bell bottoms.

And the coloring? Since when does Stalker have a purple shirt? I wonder if Dell’Edera was spending too much time starting work on the new Image series he’ll be doing art for and let this one lag behind?

G.I. Joe: Origins #23 receives
3.5 out of 5

Not a great finish to a good arc. We’re left wondering how all the pieces fit since it seems to contradict things we’ve already seen.

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