The GeeksverseG.I. Joe #4 – Advanced Review

G.I. Joe #4 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by

Written by: Chuck Dixon
Penciled by: Javier Saltares
Inked by: Christopher Ivy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, jr.
Letters: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: A - Tom Feister; B- Will Rosado
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Tom Waltz

This issue is strong from a story point of view. There are multiple threads going on and Dixon handles each of them well. Can tell the passage of time, each thread making the correct jump in time dictated by the story. It would take hours for a medical team to get down to Duke, so it makes sense that prior we see Storm Shadow in Nevada and next see him in Japan.

More times then not the idea of time in a comic gets pushed aside or ignored. But a strong story needs that sequance, needs event to make sense in a timeline, for it all to work. Dixon does a good job with that.

It’s also good to see that the Joes can recover from the loss of the PIT quickly. We see that they can be knocked down, but not out, and can recover and regroup and get ready to kick butt again. I also liked Hawk’s reference to the Joes being a “free standing unit”. It helps set the group into the hierarchy of the US DoD.

The story is hurt by the art though. Saltares is technically sound. The essential elements are there. Strong storytelling, excellant proportions. The problem comes in that the characters all basically look alike. In some scenes it’s extremely hard to tell them all apart. Also in some scenes they all kind of bleed together, not sticking out.

Some of them also don’t look like earlier appearances. Sneak Peek looks like Lowlight and Tripwire doesn’t look like he had before. Rock ‘n Roll is missing a beard.

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

A solid story, but the art doesn’t help it at all.

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