The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: Retaliation Prequel #1

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Prequel #1
Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: John Barber
Art by: Salvador Navarro
Colored by: Esther Sanz
Lettered by: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: Salvador Navarro w/ Esther Sanz
Editor: Barlos Guzman

I know this is going to annoy alot of Joe fans, the ones that couldn’t stand RoC, but for all the talk of Retaliation being a reboot, it’s appearing that it’s a reboot in tone only because this prequel comic is very much tied to the RoC universe.

And I like that about it.

Barber does a great job of tying the events of the prequel into RoC as well as things that will be explored in Retaliation. We get Storm Shadow starting to work with M.A.R.S., with Zartan has the person doing the hiring. We have the PIT in Egypt with Stone and Hawk, along with Scarlett. And we get the RoC figure designs for Flash and Charbroil. That all firmly ties it directly to the RoC continuity. There’s a bit of Hawk talking to the one he took over for, as well as SE’s hinting at training Roadblock, as well as Roadblock himself, that set up Retaliation.

So yes, Retaliation is the sequel to RoC. Changing the tone of the movie doesn’t make it any less so.

The story itself is about Roadblock. On a mission, the Red Ninjas attack and kill alot of Joes. Roadblock is pissed, hits Hawk and sets it up where Snake Eyes will start to train him. That’s the story in a nutshell.

And really that’s all that is needed for a prequel comic. These aren’t meant to tell a great story, they are meant to give insight into the characters that will be appearing in the movie. They aren’t meant to make major revelations, they are meant to give the people that read them more backstory and knowledge. But it’s backstory and knowledge that doesn’t affect, or cheapen, any reveals in the movie.

With that requirement, Barber tells a good story. It’s entertaining and it clearly connects the two movies. The only thing wrong with it is that the characters don’t seem the same. They don’t sound the same and don’t come across the same.

But overall the story is decent enough and does the job of a prequel comic.

Navarro’s art is decent. He’s got a good grasp of the technical aspects but his features could use a little tightening up. I can’t quite put my finger on what is wrong with his faces, but there’s just something that stands out to me. Overall the work is solid, if not spectacular, with only some minor flow issues.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Prequel #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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