The GeeksverseCobra #4

Cobra #4
Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Costa
Art by: Antonio Fuso w/ Chee
Colors: Esther Sanz
Letters: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: A- David Williams w/ Kelsey Shannon, B- Antonio Fuso w/ Arianaa Florean
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Tom Waltz

Costa throws a major curveball by the end of this issue, a couple of them.

So far Major Bludd hasn’t been a big force in the Cobra Civil War and he’s seemed to be the weaker of all the candidates. This issue he steps up big time. We see all the little things he’s been doing behind the scenes so far to move himself up the list of candidates, and they are some good moves.

He even manages to trump Serpentor.

Costa gives a nice tie-in to the Hearts And Minds mini-series. There Bludd was shown as a man doing what he can to provide for his family. We are given a page showing Bludd with his family. This is the first direct connection we’ve had from the books to the Hearts and Minds mini-series, which for most of it didn’t seem to fit into continuity.

Costa is also going to make some fans of a couple of original Joes very unhappy. Both Steeler and Breaker work exceptionally well in the context of the story. Nothing is forced, it flows naturally and with hindsight it makes some things seem even clearer.

And like what has been done previously in earlier volumes of this series, Costa takes a couple of Cobras from the “vault” and modernizes them and makes them fit better into the grittier world of IDW’s Joe. I was wondering how Headman would end up fitting into the IDW Joeverse. He’s almost an exact opposite of the original character, but this one works out much better.

There’s another connection to Hearts and Minds with the introduction, or at least the naming, of Black-Out. Thomas Stall, the original Black-Out, was shown in Hearts and Minds so this new one isn’t him, but it’s a nice use of the name.

Fuso’s art is as good as always and I’ve been a fan of Chee since first saw him on 5 Days To Die. Chee’s pages are nice and there’s a nice contrast to Fuso’s work.

The only problem is the pages they each work on. Fuso ends the issue with the last page after opening the first half with Chee on the second. The last sequance doesn’t work as well because of the two styles of art. I had to flip back and forth a couple of times to make sure I understood what was going on as they both drew the character a little differently. The captions do allow the sequance to work as Costa intended, but having Fuso or Chee draw all of it would have been much better.

Cobra #4 receives
4 out of 5

This series continues to throw curveballs from every direction.

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