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The author of the book: Larry Hama
Edition: IDW Publishing
Date of issue: March 27th 2013
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This has basically no redeeming feature. The plots are exactly what I expected from my stereotypes about G.I. Joe. They present the Joes as impassioned protectors of the innocent who only ever kill enemy combatants (although they have neither hesitation nor compunction about killing any such combatants) while their enemies are uniformly sadists unconcerned with human life. But the Joes' missions, if one looks left when the fingers are pointing right, almost always involve direct violations of the sovereignty of other (usually weaker, occasionally adversarial) nation-states in ways that assuredly put not only the local citizenry at risk, but also constitute direct and brazen provocation of their adversaries, almost exclusively for imperialist-nationalist-anti-communist aims:
0. In the prequel, they fly deep into Soviet airspace, directly above the Russian mainland, following a hijacked Aeroflot jet (the reason they are on this mission in the first place is unclear).
1. In issue 1, they conduct a mission in the Baltic under Swedish colors, making ordinary business more dangerous for Swedish fishermen in the future, to get access to a potential Soviet defector.
2 In issue 2, they infiltrate deep into Brazil to get in a three-way firefight with locals and Mossad in order to rescue a Nazi.
3. In issue 3, they covertly enter an un-named country in the middle east, prepared to fight and kill in some sort of communist-royalist civil war, solely in order to steal a Soviet warplane.
4. In issue 4, they have to extract from an unnamed southeast Asian country (presumably Malaysia) after being shot down on a mission to steal black boxes.
5. In issue 5, they are sent *explicitly* to start an international incident by engaging in dangerous aerobatics to bait an enemy reconnaissance plane flying in international airspace. They are instructed not to fire first in order to maintain plausible deniability of their role in escalating the conflict.
6. In issue 6, they have infiltrated into Borovia, a fictional eastern bloc country whose geography places it somewhere like maybe Slovenia in order to jailbreak a captured spy. In order to successfully exfiltrate, a Joe engineers a situation wherein the Austrian military will shoot down a Borovian helicopter with ranking members of the Borovian security force aboard.
7. In issue 7, the Joes orchestrate and participate in a terrorist attack in New York City in order to gain the opportunity to plant a bug in a foreign consulate.
But let me move from the plot. This book and these stories really fail to stand alone on their own merit in a host of other ways. There are dozens of named characters, most of whom are indistinguishable and few of whom are meaningfully characterized. I understand that this comic was specifically designed to sell a line of action figures and the target audience of the comic would already have been familiar with the characters, but I think just a two-page spread at the beginning of the book with headshots, names, and specialties would have gone a long way. In its absence, and especially given the paucity of the art (more on this next), each issue was a confusing introduction to a (usually entirely) new set of protagonists and antagonists who sometimes look and dress too similarly to one another to be readily distinguished.
And the art. The introductory page cannot quite bring itself to be dishonest, lavishing praise on the drawings of vehicles but remarking on the general style and particularly the depiction of faces as merely unique. I don't have enough experience with comics (especially from this era) to know about uniqueness, but the faces (and bodies) are certainly hard to reconcile from panel to panel, making what was already a confusing experience even worse. Action sequences are also muddled, making what should be a strength of the series into a serious liability.
There are other issues. There's the ridiculous "fan service" sexism (common, I believe, then and now) like Lady Jaye's gratuitous panty shot in the prequel, Sarawak Sally's tube-top and cutoff daisy-dukes outfit as a bloodthirsty river bandit, and repeated panels where the Baronness and Zarana are depicted strategically from angles and distances that needlessly sexualize them. There's casual racism, pervasive and low-level, hiding behind the faux multi-culturalism of the Joes. There's the sheer ridiculousness of the plots and their progressions. But I don't know that I need to go into more detail. I'm shooting at the broad side of a disabled Cobra submarine here.
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Read information about the authorLarry Hama is an American writer, artist, actor and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s.
During the 1970s, he was seen in minor roles on the TV shows M*A*S*H and Saturday Night Live, and appeared on Broadway in two roles in the original 1976 production of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures.
He is best known to American comic book readers as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero, based on the Hasbro action figures. He has also written for the series Wolverine, Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and Elektra. He created the character Bucky O'Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toy line and television cartoon.
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