G.I. Joe Cobra #3

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May 2009 | IDW

Writing: Mike Costa | Christos N. Gage
Art: Antonio Fuso
Colour: Lovern Kindzierski
Letters: Neil Uyetake

Part 3: Oil

Chuckles is promoted and sent to Dubei. Things get very serious when an explosion knocks out his transmitter and Jinx is captured.

Yeah, I’m still reading it. The cover image snared my curiosity and had a bit of a nice shock, but I’m disappointed, still, that it’s Chuckles and we’re following his infiltration of Cobra. I would have done this entirely differently. Sometimes I forget it’s Chuckles reading all that exposition. Ugh.

Since I don’t care about this series, I don’t care about spoilers, so if you have problems, I suggest you stop reading now.

Wow. Chuckles killed Jinx. I’m in shock and delighted that this book went there. I know since the explosion, Chuckles wasn’t sure anyone was getting any messages. Seeing Jinx captured made me think it was her way of saying someone’s still paying attention. And he shot her. How wonderful. I really hope more Joes get taken out. I almost have my hopes up.

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G.I. Joe Cobra #2

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Apr 2009 | IDW

Writing: Mike Costa | Christos N. Gage
Art: Antonio Fuso
Colour: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Robbie Robbins

Chuckles is isn’t doing too much for Cobra, just a wheelman and goon. He moves up the ladder when his predecessor gets tested and killed. He’s given a new task that’s not exactly a bank heist, but quite the opposite – destroy the money. His greatest weakness of women is also exploited when he meets a woman that will more than likely cause trouble in the future.

Still not too fond of the art. I’ve gotten used to the writing, and if I tell myself I’m not reading a GI Joe comic, I can almost like it. But this isn’t another comic. This is GI Joe, well, it’s supposed to be anyway.

I’m not impressed. Rather than re-iterate everything I hated about the first issue, just go back an re-read it if you haven’t. All those complaints still stand.

Unfortunately, my masochistic curiosity still wants to know what’s going to happen. This is so unfair. I used to have willpower with this sort of thing, but it looks like I’ll end up reading the next issue.

I think I need an intervention.

G.I. Joe – Cobra – #1

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Mar 2009 – IDW

Writing: Mike Cost | Christos N. Gage
Art: Antonio Fuso
Colour: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Chris Mowry

I’ve loved GI as a kid, but I’ve never bothered much with the comics. I have collected a fiew of the old TPBs and have read a bit of them, but never fully digested it. It was more of a collector’s thing. I wanted to have them because it was GI Joe and old.

I also knew they made newer comics since then, but I never bothered with them, until now. Readers who know me personally, know I always have a thing for the bad guys. So it’s of no surprise that I would jump on this for being Cobra. And yes, I’m really just waiting to see the Baroness.

Remember Chuckles? That gregarious undercover agent with the Hawaiian shirt? Yeah. It’s all about him and his mission to infiltrate Cobra. How disappointing. Now, I did like Chuckles from the "Real American Hero" series. I always like his wisecracks and style, but I didn’t exactly want to read about him in my brand new Issue #1 of Cobra! At least, not until I got further in.

The story it begins with an interview that goes bad. The Joes come and shoot the place up and we see Chuckles take out Scarlet, and shoots what looks like Roadblock in the head. And I’m thinking. What? Dead Joes? Dead well-known Joes. This is serious. What is going on? Later we seem him abducted, and it all comes out.

"They know I’m G.I. Joe."

And so we’re thrown into a flashback showing his ejection from GI Joe and his undercover assignment with Jinx (Storm Shadow’s cousin) to infiltrate various terrorist organisations until he hits the top. And you find out those dead Joes aren’t dead. It was all staged.

I was hoping for something darker, an issue I frequently have. Let’s follow someone else’s experiences with Cobra. Someone new. If not, why not have someone defect? Some betrayal that turns someone to the dark side. Something more meaningful than, "Hey Chuckles. Go infiltrate Cobra." Only the Joes don’t know anything about Cobra in this series.

The writing isn’t the greatest either. Mostly all that inner dialogue he has. Sometimes it’s good, but mostly it’s not. It’s overdone making chuckles seem wanna-be hardboiled. Sure, he’s tough, no denying that from what he’s done in the past, but I don’t by that’s the real him either. It isn’t believable to me. Luckily his regular dialogue is much better, but I’m still annoyed.

Chuckles… with Jinx? Sure, I guess it could happen spending so much time together… but still.

And then there’s the art. I really can’t get into it. It just is awkward to me. Some panels look good to me. Others don’t. I also don’t like the muted colours. The faded look just doesn’t sit well with me.

I will not rule this as total crap. I am severely disappointed, but a part of me is hoping for a darker future. I’ll wait until the second issue to finalize my verdict. Until then, it can sit out in the sun and ferment for awhile.

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