The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #165

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #165
Published on Tuesday, April 19, 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

Now why couldn’t all the ARAH issues have been like this? Yes, there is some of the bad Dark Snake Eyes/Brainwave Scanner stuff, but it’s the end of it (hopefully for good). But it’s the rest of the issue that is stellar. The ARAH continuation started off great and then rapidly starting losing it. Now this issue is good and hopefully it will start the climb uphill for this title again.

The brainwave scanner stuff is actually used to good effect in this issue. The trip that SE and SS take through Dr. Venom’s mind is pretty creepy and we see the “return” of an old friend come to help Doctor Venom out.

We’re treated to another dog fight between Ace and a Rattler pilot. Hama always excelled at these and this shows that he’s still good at it. The scenes with the Joes are also well done and well paced.

This is a major step up from the previous couple issues. Hopefully this can continue.

Gallant’s art is getting stronger. There’s some really nice panels in this issue. There’s also a couple with some perspective issues. The one panel of the Skystriker narrowly missing Tunnel Rat and Tripwire is fairly awkward. Gallant also doesn’t have a good handle on drawing fighter jets in flight. Which not many people would most likely. His characters are much better and he shows alot of detail in Tunnel Rat and Tripwire’s outfits.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #165 receives
4 out of 5

A major step-up from previous issues.

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