The GeeksverseG.I. Joe #8

G.I. Joe #8
Published on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Will Rosado
Colored by: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Lettered by: Shawn Lee
Cover Art: A- Tom Feister; B- John Haynes (photo)
Associate Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: John Barber

The Cobra civil war is over and the next Cobra Commander has been chosen. This is a well paced and plotted issue.

We get some quick, but make sense, resolutions to some dangling plotlines. The rescue of the Baroness is quick, but it works pretty well as written. The IED used is classic and very unique. Nice attention to details on the IED. This seems a moment of calm, a chance for the Joes to take stock of how badly they were beaten and for Hawk to pay the piper.

The real strength of this issue is the choosing of the new Commander. When people first heard who it was, there was a feeling that it was contrived or forced to make this character, who had appeared to do next to nothing in the competition, into the Commander. But after reading this issue, it makes alot of sense and fits. It’s already been spoiled elsewhere, but Krake is the new Commander, but only after a surprise twist to the story that really makes Krake into a scary leader.

This is a guy that is an excellant soldier and tactician, but by the end of this issue he proves that he’s equally as good at the political/backstabbing/manipulating side of things as the others are, if not more so. It’ll be interesting to see what he’s like as Cobra Commander and I fear for the Joes. If they weren’t able to keep up with Cobra before, I can’t see them doing so now.

Which highlights what has been the weakest part of the second season (as well as the first) of the series and that is the Joes seemingly incompetance. They don’t come across as “the best of the best”. Which goes against what the Joes stand for.

Hopefully, once the next storyline kicks off, the Joes will go back to their butt-kicking ways.

I’m glad that Rosado seems here to stay on this title. I liked Saltares work, but it was lacking in detail compared to Rosados. Rosado puts alot into the uniforms and equipment of the Joes. This issue was his best yet. Solid character work, solid layouts, excellant work on the details. Saltares work was boring next to Rosados and it’s not like his is the most exciting work out there, but it works very well for this series.

G.I. Joe #8 receives
4 out of 5

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