The GeeksverseG.I. Joe #1

G.I. Joe #1
Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by

Written by: Chuck Dixon
Penciled by: Javier Saltares
Inked by: Christopher Ivy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, jr.
Letters: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: A to C - Zach Howard, B- Javier Saltares
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Assistant Editor: Tom Waltz
Editor: Andy Schmidt

The Cobra Civil War begins. This issue opens with one of the mysterious Council that runs Cobra bringing us up to date. We learn of the previous Cobra Commander’s death, and get hints that he might have been someone well known or famous, and we see the extents that Cobra will go to hide their existence. Since it’s possible the old CC was a public figure they have to come up with some way to explain his death. We get an explanation of the trial to elect a new CC and we learn why the Joes are the target.

The opening sequance was very nice. Not only does it provide a recap and brings us up to speed, but it also gave some mysteries as well. Just who was the original Cobra Commander and who is the leader of the Council?

This issue is fairly quick paced. I like the subplot of Mainframe wanting to start a relationship with Scarlett and she being totally oblivious to it. She’s all work.

The opening salvo in the Civil War is launched as the Baroness, with the help of Blacklight an operative mentioned briefly in the mid-teens of the first series, as the body count starts to rack up.

The pace is fast. Dixon does a decent job setting the scene of the Joe Bravo team under sniper attack. It’s got a chaotic feel to it, which is what would really happen, but Dixon spotlights how well organized and trained the Joe and Cobra forces are. We see Stalker getting his men in gear and turning the tables on the sniper and we see how Blacklight operates.

The battle scenes are nice. The non-battle stuff in the PIT is decent. I felt bad for Mainframe and Duke was a little rough on him. Dixon sets up next issue, which promises to continue the fast pace and bring some fan favorites more into the action.

The problem with this issue was the art. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exciting either. Saltares nailed the Trouble Bubble but he was off on other stuff. Blacklight’s outfit was somewhat odd looking. It looked cumbersome, not something a sniper who has to be mobile would wear. Some of the Joes didn’t match their previous appearances, notably Leatherneck and Recondo. Leatherneck was virtually unrecognizable as himself.

Which is odd, because Saltares absolutely nailed Duke’s look. So why was he so off on Leatherneck?

And I’m not sure about the choice on making Scarlett’s outfit have a bare stomach. Granted her outfit isn’t the most realistic military outfit, but the bare stomach doesn’t seem like something she would wear. I wonder if it was done to help drive Mainframe’s crush?

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

A good start to the civil war.

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