Thursday, April 15, 2010

G.I. Joe Volume 1

Title: G.I. Joe Volume 1

ISBN: 9781600104671
Price: $19.99
Publisher/Year: IDW, 2009
Artist: Robert Atkins
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Collects: G.I. Joe #'s 0-6

Rating: 4/5

As noted in previous reviews, I have been a huge G.I. Joe fan since I was a kid. Cartoons, toys and comics. When IDW acquired the license, I have continued my fandom into my adulthood. They have not let me down.

In this volume, you get a first look at characters like Scarlett, Duke, Snake Eyes, Baroness and Destro. They even give you a first hand look at why Destro has a metal face... but there's more to it than just a mask. They've even taken epic storyline features from the cartoon series and integrated them into this series. For example: The B.E.T. (Broadcast energy Transmitter) and the M.A.S.S. device (Multipoint Asychronus Subether Station).

They elude to the Cobra organization, but nothing is concrete at this point. Cobra is simply like an urban legend in the terrorist community. Those within the G.I. Joe organization that bring-up the mere idea of Cobra are looked down upon. Snake Eyes is rogue, and Scarlett is making decisions to help him out, that may get her booted from the Joes. What would the landscape of the G.I. Joes be like without the likes of Scarlett? I pray we never have to find out the answer to that question.

Robert Atkins has become one of my favorite artists as I read this series. He has a real feel for the world of G.I. Joe, and really brings it to life in his work. Atkins really accentuates Chuck Dixon's writing. Another great pairing from IDW!

Keep reading this series, as well as Origins to have a well-rounded story of this new G.I. Joe team. Yo, Joe!

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