Review: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #4

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #4

Growing up in the 80s, there were two cartoons that I’d set my schedule around, Transformers and G.I. Joe. I remember I’d have to run off the bus to get inside in time to watch and usually would miss a few minutes. In the age of VCRs, this was common. IDW Publishing in recent years has spun out various comics based on those two properties but none have completely captured the fun of the cartoons. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #4 wraps up the miniseries that has captured the look and feel of that classic show in every way.

Written by Erik Burnham, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #4 wraps up the rather silly storyline as the Joes and Cobra must battle it out as per the instructions of a Genie. Yes, a real magical genie. The story takes the more fantastical elements of the animated series and has spun it for goofs, laughs, and solid action. Most importantly it feels like an episode we’d have seen 40 years ago.

The story itself takes the goofy feel of the cartoon. The scheme by Cobra has been over the top and of course doom to failure. In other words, the creative team nailed the classic arc of a storyline.

Burnham nails down the dialogue which feels like it’s straight out of the cartoon. You can hear the voices repeat the lines like no time has passed and it’s all playing out on television. There’s that mix of seriousness and cheese the show balanced so perfectly and is on display here. There’s even a lesson at the end!

Dan Schoening‘s art feels like it’s ripped from the animation cells. With color by Luis Antonio and lettering by Neil Uyetake, there’s a level of detail that’s beyond fantastic. Not only do the characters look like they’re straight from the animation you even get moments like a head turn that’s not all that realistic but would regularly show up on the small screen. Uyetake’s lettering too adds to the fun with Cobra Commander’s drawn out “s”, a detail that adds to the experience.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #4 takes me back almost 40 years and made me feel like a kid again. It perfectly captures the classic experience continuing it on with brand-new over the top adventures. It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad this series is here. If anything it left me wanting more and bummed we had to wait so long for this take. This is a must get for fans of the classic cartoon.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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