The GeeksverseG.I. Joe Infestation #1

G.I. Joe Infestation #1
Published on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Raicht
Art by: Giovanni Timpano
Colors by: J. Brown
Letters by: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: A- John K. Synder III w/ Jason Wright; B- Giovanni Timpano w/ J. Brown
Assistant Editor: Bobby Curnow
Editor: Andy Schmidt

I wasn’t sure how the Unlife virus set loose by Britt was going to affect the world of the Joes. I was kind of worried because the story would have little to no impact on the regular continuity if it introduced zombies into the world. I’m glad that they only went with a partial “infestation”. No physical zombies, just the zombified artificial intelligence, the robots. The robots invade and their zombie programming takes over, causing them to take over a person (who had artificial systems in her), prototype BATs, and the Cobra facility.

Raicht and the IDW team have done a good job with this Infestation crossover. They’ve managed to make it still fit within the Infestation event but able to fit into the IDW Joe-verse as well. So this story could have deeper meaning in the Joe mythos then at first glance. Here’s hoping that the second issue doesn’t ruin that.

The story has Psyche-Out and some Joes, Hound and a new version of Dolphin (Dolphin is an existing Action Force code name) in a low tech sailboat trying to take something away. Cobra attacks and steals the “something”, which ends up being a robot arm from the original Infestation world. This arm and it’s tech managed to take over a Joe facility before it was stopped.

The low tech method of the Joes extraction and Psyche-Out’s rule of no tech doesn’t make sense at first, but once the reveal of the arm happens, it works and was a good way of foreshadowing what would happen later.

Raicht’s script is very strong. He does a good job with the characters and it was nice to see the little touches he uses to bring this solidly into the IDW Joe-verse. The Interrogator, using the version created in Max Brooks’ Hearts and Minds, is a nice way to connect the various Joe-verse stories.

This could have easily been horrible, with the Joes facing zombies, and not have much meaning on the rest of the stories. But the end result is a good story that can fit in well with the rest of the comics.

Timpano’s art is solid. It starts off rough, the first couple pages aren’t as strong as the rest of the book. His BATS are a bit featureless, so that will disappoint some fans, but he does do a good job with the background details and the animals. He even gives the two throw-away Joes distinct looks.

He’s got a good grasp of storytelling, his panels flowing smoothly. His characters are well proportioned and there is no awkwardness to them.

The only negative might be with the coloring, as it’s a bit too dark and in some cases a bit too overpowering.

G.I. Joe Infestation #1 receives
4 out of 5

A smart way to have Joe involved in the crossover allows this event tie-in to be connected to the overall Joe stories.

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