The GeeksverseG.I. Joe: Cobra #14

G.I. Joe: Cobra #14
Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by

While the ARAH Joe isn’t exciting me anymore, IDW still has tons of G.I. Joe for me to enjoy each month. The title spanning adventure is my favorite, but a little Danger Girl, Infestation, and some reprints are also finding their way to comic shops regularly. 

In the world spanning G.I. Joe:Cobra #13, a new team was assembled, using untrustworthy informants and ill-begotten money to fund their small strikes on the enemy, Flint leads the way in #14 or does he?.

Interior page 1Detractors are going to say this is a slow issue. I understand why they might given that no guns are fired and no swords are drawn. Instead this is an exploration of relationships through dialogue setting the working relationship of the mis-matched team mates. Recently I read a Joe fan complain that the Dixon books are talking heavy and do not use the comic genre well. Whoever posted that on a Joe fan forum is going to hate this Costa penned book.  The layouts try to manipulate and twist the conversations to keep the pages from being just full pages of dialogue bubbles.

Given that this title is putting together a back channel espionage team from unlikely team mates it seems to need to slow down a moment and explore relationships new and old.  In building relationships are some revelations about the mechanics of the team, the money trail, and the lack of trust. This is a key stone issue in many respects.

My complaint is not with the lack of action and abundance of discussions. Instead, my complaint is with the Fuso art. I find his layouts to work well but his faces don’t read well for me. I have a hard time deciding who people are. I have the sense that Flint was trying to wield his troops and figure out how to shift from field leader to espionage leader yet I’m not completely sure he is who was talking. I believe that Flint is evolving from Duke to Nick Fury but I’m not completely sure after a few reviews that I know who is talking.

Fuso has some fans in the Joe community but he can’t make everyone happy. I think his style worked better in the smaller cast books like Spider-Man Noir and Punisher Noir than it does in Joe or Avenger titles. At least the Avengers get fancy outfits to keep straight who has wings, who has shields, and who wears this or that.

I’d still be happy with a special edition trade paperback where S.L. Gallant, Herb Trimpe, or any number of veteran Joe artists reshape the figures in this title.

My final review is that if you want to see Cobra blood shed and an aggressive Joe force handling the battle field, then this is not the book for you, skip it and figure out what happened later. If you want a developed team dynamic then this will be an enjoyable issue if you can figure out who is who from the Fuso art.

June has been a strong month for G.I. Joe overall even with the Hama penned A Real American Hero title becoming more and more difficult to read month to month. July also looks like a block buster G.I. Joe month which is a shame given that the actual blockbuster movie is still on hiatus, res-hooting or re-3Ding, and not making this the summer of G.I. Joe.


IDW’s July & August 2012 Joe Offerings

Danger Girl/G.I. JOE #1 (of 4)

DangerGirl_GIJoe_01_CvrADangerGirl_GIJoe_01_CvrBAndy Hartnell (w) • John Royle (a) • J. Scott Campbell X 2 (c)

The two most incredible covert action teams the world has ever known—so covert, in fact, that neither knows the other exists—are meeting for the first time ever! Repeat: Danger Girl and G.I. JOE, together. Spies! Girls! Ninjas! COBRA! If your head did not just explode, then you are one of the lucky few remaining that will live to enjoy a summer blockbuster you’ll have to see to believe!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Black & White J. Scott Campbell variant cover!
Unique hand-sketched J. Scott Campbell variant cover!

· The team-up the world isn’t ready for!


G.I. JOE #15

GIJoe15_CvrAChuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

“Deep Terror, part 3!”

DEEP TERROR rumbles on! Scarlett and Team Bravo are on the loose in a COBRA mining operation, miles beneath the surface of the Earth, with no chance of escape. In this issue they uncover the objective of Dr. Mindbender’s subterranean search: a rare element that will allow COBRA to change the world forever. And that’s NOT Good!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Black & White Tommy Lee Edwards cover!

• The all-new direction for G.I. JOE continues!


Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #15

SnakeEyes15_CvrAChuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

“Serpent’s Shadow,” part 3!

SNAKE EYES continues a deadly game where the rules are known only to him. To prove his renewed loyalty to the Arashikage Clan, he joins a team to kill the new COBRA COMMANDER! But danger lurks for him within the ninja clan with a new betrayal around every corner. ALSO! Zartan makes some interesting new friends.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Lee Ferguson cover!

· Non-stop ninja and commando action!
· Featuring the key villain from G.I. JOE: RETALIATION!


Cobra #15

Cobra_15_CvrAMike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Antonio Fuso (c)

The lies and betrayals keep adding up, as Flint struggles to maintain his honor amidst his team of scoundrels and backstabbers. And is the information that Tomax has been supplying really on the level? Of course not… but what game is he playing?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) & Juan Castro cover!



G.I.JOE: A Real American Hero #180

GI_Joe_RealAmericanHero_180_CvrBLarry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Herb Trimpe, Gallant (c)

In this special issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. JOE goes to SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL! After being provided with pivotal information, G.I. JOE travel to San Diego in order to stop a plot to exchange nuclear clearance codes within the confines of the SDCC. Will G.I. JOE save the day in time? You can’t miss this convention-tastic issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Larry Hama variant sketch cover!


Classic G.I. JOE, Vol. 15

GI_Joe_Classic_Vol15Larry Hama, Eric Fein, & Peter Quinones (w) • Phil Gosier, William Rosado, & Ernie Stiner (a) • Jonboy Meyers (c)

The original run of Marvel’s G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO comes to a conclusion. Issues #146–155 are collected in this final volume of CLASSIC G.I. JOE.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 248 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-274-4

• All 155 issues of A REAL AMERICAN HERO are now collected for the first time.




G.I. JOE: Cobra Command, Vol. 2

GI_Joe_CobraCommand_Vol2Chuck Dixon & Mike Costa (w) • Alex Cal & Beni Lobel (a) • Dave Wilkins (c)

COBRA COMMAND CONCLUDES! The new COBRA COMMANDER is on a path of conquest and destruction. The G.I. JOE, SNAKE EYES, and COBRA story lines converge in this second volume as the JOES struggle to survive. Everything changes here! Who lives—who dies—who wins? The answers aren’t what you expect, and the foundation for the future of G.I. JOE starts here!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-278-2

• Includes issues 10 & 11 of all three ongoing G.I. JOE series!


G.I. JOE: Disavowed, Vol. 6

GI_Joe_Disavowed_Vol6Brandon Jerwa (w) • Tim Seeley, Jason Millet, & Emiliano Santalucia (a) • Sharp Bros. (c)

Containing the two-part “Bad Moon Rising,” where General “Joe” Colton returns to lead the JOEs for the recovering Hawk and the first three parts of the “Union of the Snake” storyline that leads to the conclusion of the “Real American Hero” story arc.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-222-5

• Collects issues #34–38!



August 2012 Including Transformers Crossover and Retaliation Villains!

Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #2

DangerGirl_GIJoe_02_MOCKONLYAndy Hartnell (w) • John Royle (a) • J. Scott Campbell X 2 (c)

It’s the most dangerous event of the summer, and the action continues right here!  COBRA’s surprise attack has brought the G.I. JOE team to its knees.  But when Lady Jaye learns that Flint has gone missing behind enemy lines, she joins forces with the Danger Girls on a covert mission that aims to rescue her man and get the Joes back on their feet!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Variant Black & White J. Scott Campbell variant cover!


G.I. Joe: Cobra Command, Vol. 3

GIJOE_CobraCommand_Vol3Chuck Dixon & Mike Costa (w) • Wil Rosado, Bennie Lobel, & Antonio Fuso (a) • Menton3 (c)

COBRA COMMAND AFTERMATH! It’s a new day for the JOEs—as they crawl from the ruins of “Cobra Command”, they find a new status quo… and a change in command! The stories from G.I. JOE, SNAKE EYES, And COBRA converge in this volume plus the G.I. JOE: Cobra Annual is included.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-351-2

Contains issue #12 of each series plus the Cobra Annual.


G.I. Joe: Field Manual

GIJOE_FieldManualJim Sorenson & Bill Forster (w) • Various (a) • Bill Forster (c)

Relive your favorite memories of the classic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon with the G.I. Joe Field Manual, Volume One—an amazing archive of beautiful animation models. From Roadblock to Zartan, from the Skystriker to the H.I.S.S. Tank, from the Weather Dominator to the U.S.S. Flagg, all of your favorite characters, vehicles, and world conquering devices are present in this amazing volume. Thrill to never-before-published production artwork and behind-the-scenes designs that made the classic 80′s Joe cartoon so memorable.

TPB • BW • $19.99 • 208 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-350-5

Compiled and presented by the team behind Transformers: The Ark
With over a thousand images from the first sixty five episodes of G.I. Joe and a new foreword from lead designer and comic-book legend Russ Heath.


G.I. Joe #16

GIJOE_16_CvrAChuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

DEEP TERROR concludes! Scarlett and Team Bravo are trapped a mile beneath the Earth’s surface with an army of COBRA killers beneath on their tail! Their only hope is—Mainframe? Also: COBRA’s too-public campaign to destroy the Joes rolls on. How can America’s super-secret heroes survive in the light of day?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Black & White Tommy Lee Edwards cover!

• All-new direction for G.I. JOE continues!


Cobra #16

COBRA_16_CvrAMike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Antonio Fuso (c)

THE HUNT IS ON! The key to all of Cobra’s secrets is in the crossfire as FLINT’s secret G.I. Joe squad converges on FIREFLY and BLACKLIGHT! Everyone has their own agenda—and everybody has a lot of guns! It’s not-stop action and betrayal as secrets come to light and bodies hit the floor!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Variant Joe Eisma & Juan Castro cover!




Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #16

SnakeEyesandStormShadow_16_CvrBChuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

SERPENT’S SHADOW concludes here in the lair of the COBRA Commander! Snake Eyes, Storm shadow and the murderous Rika must free themselves from a trap set by the Commander in the only way they know how—KILL their way out! Will Snake Eyes show his hand and reveal his betrayal of the Arashikage or play this round out to the end?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Lee Ferguson & Sal Buscema cover!

· Non-stop ninja and commando action!

· Featuring the key villain from G.I. JOE: RETALIATION!


G.I. JOE / Transformers Crossover, Vol. 1

GIJOE_TFcrossover_sketchMichael Higgins & Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe Chris Batista, Steven Leiber, William Rosado, & Jesse D’Orozco (a) • Klaus Scherwinski (c)

The worlds of G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS combine in this first volume reprinting the classic crossovers. Contains the 4-issue G.I. JOE and the TRANSFORMERS limited series plus issues #139-142 of A REAL AMERICAN HERO. MEGATRON and COBRA versus the JOEs and the AUTOBOTS, who will come out on top?

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 192 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-352-9

· The classic G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS crossovers, re-colored and ready for duty!

2 Responses
    • I really liked this issue.  Cobra has never really been about the action, that’s the job of the main Joe book, it’s been about the intrigue and spy aspects and this issue fit very fully into that.  Loved the addition of Bludd as a secret source.  Loved Erika and Tomax’s banter.  Great stuff.

      The art was a bit off.  I agree that the faces could have been better, but loved the layouts.

      •  The layouts were awesome. The backgrounds look good too. It’s just the faces that I can’t follow.


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