The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #167

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #167
Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by

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

Some people are going to be disappointed that the Herb Trimpe cover doesn’t really occur in the issue.

But the Ron Wagner one does.

Where has this ARAH been? Why couldn’t Hama have been doing this type of book right from the beginning? There is so much going on and it is all vintage Joe but with a modern twist.

We see some old favorites as well as some Joes and equipment from the years after Marvel #155. Specifically we see Blizzard, Cold Front and the Avalanche. It’s nice to see stuff from the other years. It helps give the book the feel of time passing between #155 and now. It also helps carry the feel of the old ARAH where new characters and equipment were introduced all the time.

The story is fast paced and has links back to a couple of previous stories, even as far back as issue #2. This is vintage Joe. The action moves at a good clip, which was always one of Hama’s strengths. If this was the IDW main book then some of the Joes would probably have been killed, but this is ARAH and that doesn’t happen. Hama does a good job making this believable in the context.

It’ll be interesting to see where the different threads of this story go, but I’m along for the ride.

Gallant’s art is good. It fits this series. It harkens back to Trimpes work. It has a vintage feel, much like the work of the original series. But it also feels more modern, more in this time. And that works for this series.

G.I. Joe: ARAH #167 receives
4.5 out of 5

This is what I hoped the relaunched ARAH would be. It took awhile but I hope it stays.

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