The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: Cobra #12

G.I. Joe: Cobra #12
Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Costa & Christos N. Gage
Art by: Antonio Fuso
Colored by: Peter Dawes
Lettered by: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: A- Antonio Fuso; B- Zach Howard w/ Nelson Daniel
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

The main cover of this issue promises “and one shall surely die!”, and it follows up on that promise. One of the people on the cover does die in this issue. The cover features Serpentor, Chuckles, Baroness, Xamot Paoli, Tomax Paoli, Big Boa and Cobra Commander. The last couple issues have all pointed the way to who Chuckles will kill. But it ends up being a complete shock.

And Chuckles words before he pulls the trigger? Excellant.

Most of the issue revolves around Xamot Paoli, who has been finding himself on the outs with Cobra. His fingerprints and keycard have been removed from access to the High Command areas. Tomax is worried that this will reflect poorly on both of them and lead to their eventual death or at least lost of prestige. Xamot is not worried at all.

And throughout the issue he shows why. Most of the issue is about Xamot starting his exit strategy from Cobra. This involves using the Crimson Guard, who are loyal to the Paoli’s first and Cobra second. It also involves stealing Chuckles ID card.

But as we see at the end of this issue, the Commander is always one step ahead of everyone else. And so is Chuckles.

Costa and Gage do a great job of showing Xamot setting up his fait accompli of Cobra. It all makes sense. It all flows nicely. There are no holes in the plan except one. And it’s a brief comment from the Commander to a guard that provides the one flaw in Xamot’s otherwise perfect plan.

And it serves to highlight the ego of Xamot and as the Commander says, he’s just not as smart without Tomax.

It’s a credit to the work that Costa and Gage did in the previous issues that a moment that shouldn’t be a shocker ends up being a shocker. But for a couple of reasons. Who and who does it.

Fuso’s art is back to his usual standards after a couple of weaker issues. The double page spread of the kill shot is very well done.

The last page is very nice and the picture in the background is a good connection to the Cobra-La issues of this title.

G.I. Joe: Cobra #12 receives
4.5 out of 5

Excellant issue with a twist that is really surprising.

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