The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #162

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #162
Published on Friday, January 28, 2011 by

Written by: Larry Hama
Penciled by: S L Gallant
Inked by: Gary Erskine
Colored by: J. Brown
Lettered by: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: A- Herb Trimpe w/ Andrew Crossley; B- Rod Whigham w/ Andrew Crossley
Editor: Carlos Guzman

This series is getting better. It’s still not up to the bar set by issue #156, but it’s definately better then the issues following 156. The pacing seems to have slowed down, not losing alot of the story like it had been. It’s still too much like the later half of Marvel’s Joe run for my tastes. But if you were a fan of that era, then you’ll be a fan of the continuing series.

There was too many “seriously?” moments for me in this issue. It was somewhat enjoyable though. It did take me back to those early days. I just wish that Hama would change up the story style to take me back to when G.I. Joe was my favorite book and not one I collected because I had been doing it for so long.

By “seriously?” moments I mean there are those scenes in the story that make you go “huh”? That you can’t believe it’s happening, that go beyond the bounds of acceptability.

Cobra Commander and the others are supposed to be traveling in secret and they drive a Maggot tank from Newark Airport to Broca Beach? Lady Jaye and Torpedo are trailing the Baroness in a VAMP?

Those kind of moments, even though the book has a feeling of craziness, just take you out of the story. They are a bit too much.

Although there is a nice fight between Lady Jaye and the Baroness. It was great to see Lady Jaye, always one of my favorites, taking the victory. The Baroness may have been taking lessons from Billy, a ninja, but looks like Lady Jaye may have been taking some lessons from Flint.

I like how Hama has retroactively moved the story up the real timeline, using a Jersey Shore reference to place the book in our relative years and not a straight continuation from the early 90s. It’s a smart move, allowing him to keep the story fairly fresh.

Gallant’s changed his style a little from the Origins issues he did. I’m not sure if it’s a change on his part, or just Erksine’s inks. It has a feel like it was from the 80s/early 90s. It looks out of place compared to the other comics out there, but it works with this title as everything about it has a nostalgia feel to it.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #162 receives
3.5 out of 5

It’s a nostalgia trip, I just wish it was a little bit better of one.

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