The GeeksverseDanger Girl/G.I. Joe #1

Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #1
Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by

Now this is a crossover that makes sense.

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Andy Hartnell
Penciled by: John Royle
Inked by: Phillip Moy
Lettered by: Neil Uyetake
Colored by: Romulo Fajardo Jr
Cover by: A- J. Scott Campbell w/ John Rauch; B- J. Scott Campbell
Editor: John Barber & Scott Dunbier

This is a crossover that you knew had to happen. J. Scott Campbell, co-creator of Danger Girl, is a huge G.I. Joe fan. So it’s only natural that with both properties at IDW, a crossover would happen. And unlike many comic book crossovers, this is one that actually makes sense. It makes sense for Danger Girl to exist in the world of G.I. Joe. In the original Danger Girl mini-series, the enemy that the Girls faced was very Cobra-esque.

So how was the first issue?

Joefans will be happy. It’s obvious that Hartnell or Campbell pay attention to the G.I. Joe forums because they included the Data-Vipers, which is a popular canceled figure. Seeing the Data-Vipers is a nice touch. Also making an appearance is the Resolute HISS Tank. Definately shows that the team knows their Joe media and these are definate nods for the fans.

Danger Girl has an element of fun, and a sense of being almost over-the-top. G.I. Joe does not. But Hartnell does a good job of combining the two tones and making them work. G.I. Joe goes more towards the Danger Girl element of excited fun, but it still ends up working.

There’s more of the Sunbow Joe cartoon in this story then the Marvel comics, which makes sense as that tone is closer to what Danger Girl is.

The first issue is mostly Joe, with only a last panel appearance of any of the Danger Girls. Being mostly set-up, it still works well as a first issue, the last page alone guranteeing readers will pick up the next issue.

The only thing I found wrong with the issue was Royle’s art. For the most part it was good. He had some excellent layouts. His work has some elements of Campbell to it, but where Royle’s art fails is in the faces. All the characters look alike. It’s hard to tell one from the other. The opening sequence where it’s Flint/Scarlett in one Skystriker and Ace/Lady Jaye in another is confusing. With the helmets on, and no identifying costumes, the two women look alike and the two men do as well.

Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

One Response
    • I’m not familiar with the Danger Girl cast so the last page reveal didn’t mean much to me. Overall it was a fun issue setting up the crossover.

      I agree the pilot helmet pairs in the Skystrikers are hard to follow. The rest of the art looked great. I liked the colorful palate. 

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