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

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

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Jun 15, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Explosive final episode… er, issue! After meddling with forces beyond his control, Cobra Commander’s wishes blow up in his face-and the Aladdin Initiative ends in a way he could never have predicted! And now every G.I. Joe and all enemy Cobra forces face off on Cobra Island in a battle that could determine the final outcome of their ongoing war, and the fate of the world! It’s the big finale, so let loose with the battle cry one more time: YO, JOE!

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

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

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

A Calculated Man #1 (AfterShock) – A math genius who used to run the numbers for a crime family enters Witness Protection and goes in the run after turning state’s evidence.

Albatross Exploding Funnybooks #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – A new anthology series featuring some of Eric Powell’s fan favorite creations!

Best Archie Comic Ever #1 (Archie Comics) – A series of short stories shaking up the Archie we know with a fantastic group of creators.

Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 (Opus Comics) – The time-traveling duo are back in a monthly series of most excellent adventures! The duo are back and having a nice renaissance and we’re excited to see how that translates to comics!

Blue, Barry & Pancakes Vol. 4 Enter the Underground Throwdown (First Second) – The series is a lot of fun for kids and adults and solid lessons… for both really.

Bone Orchard Mythos: Passageway (Image Comics) – The first book in the horror shared universe from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. With those two involved, we’re absolutely in for this release.

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #2 (AfterShock) – The horror series has us guessing what’s going to happen next and this new primordial force has us intrigued as to exactly that.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers gets his own Captain America series and we’re intrigued how the two will work together and stand apart from each other.

Clementine Book 1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The popular character from The Walking Dead video game comes to comics in a young reader graphic novel series!

Deadpool: Samurai Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – The manga take on Marvel’s popular character has been interesting. We were a bit mixed on the debut but still want to see where the second volume goes.

Do a Powerbomb #1 (Image Comics) – Wrestling gets hardcore when a necromancer asks Lona Steelrose to join the grandest pro wrestling tournament ever.

Eight Billion Genies #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was a lot of fun as everyone in the world gets a genie to make a wish.

G.I. JOE: Saturday Morning Adventures #4 (IDW Publishing) – Perfectly capturing the 1980s cartoon, the comic is perfect nostalgia and a hell of a lot of fun.

Grim #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a hell of a lot of fun focused on a grim reaper who has things go really sideways for her. It left us scratching our heads wanting to see what happens next.

Marvel’s Secret Reverse Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi takes on Iron Man and Spider-Man!

The Ocean Will Take Us #3 (AfterShock) – The series has a great mix of mystery and teenage drama.

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – Dive into the world of politics with this graphic novel about true experiences during a political campaign.

Undiscovered Country: Destiny Man Special (Image Comics) – The mysterious villain gets a special issue focused on him!

Why the People: The Case for Democracy (First Second) – Is democracy still the best form of government? This graphic novel attempts to answer that question!

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

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

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Jun 15, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Explosive final episode… er, issue! After meddling with forces beyond his control, Cobra Commander’s wishes blow up in his face-and the Aladdin Initiative ends in a way he could never have predicted! And now every G.I. Joe and all enemy Cobra forces face off on Cobra Island in a battle that could determine the final outcome of their ongoing war, and the fate of the world! It’s the big finale, so let loose with the battle cry one more time: YO, JOE!

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

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

G.I. Joe has tracked down Cobra’s new island base-and is making plans to invade! The Joes are determined to rescue Duke and regain everything that Cobra stole during their recent attacks in France, Japan, and the United States. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander’s temper leads to a misuse of his new source of power, one that might just expedite a showdown between his ruthless organization and America’s elite special mission force! Join us for the penultimate chapter of this four-part storyline, “A Little Island Getaway!”

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Solo Leveling Vol. 4

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Archie Meets Riverdale (Archie Comics) – When Archie “meets” folks, it’s usually an entertaining read. So seeing how this one plays out should be real fun!

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – With a trailer for the sequel film dropping this week, the timing is damn near perfect for a new comic series. That solid release is worth a mention here alone.

Blood Syndicate: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The next wave of Milestone begins here as the classic series returns!

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume was great and the Free Comic Book Day issue solid. We’re pumped for this next volume and to find out more about this horror series.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel) – Sam Wilson is taking on the mantle of Captain America again in his own series. With two different Cap books coming out, it’ll be interesting to see how the two differ.

Eight Billion Genies #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne would be enough to get on this list. The concept of everyone on earth getting a genie and wish at the same moment is too interesting to not check out.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The series has nailed the tone and look of the classic animated series. Absolutely fantastic in every way.

Grim #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun! This is a hot comic having already sold out at the distributor and getting a second printing.

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 60 years for both characters!

Nottingham #7 (Mad Cave Studios) – The series has been great as a whole and if caught the Free Comic Book Release, you know that’s the truth. The issue is solidly timed to build off the FCBD release which was one of the best this year.

Past the Lat Mountain #2 (CEX Publishing) – After a war, fantasy creatures were rounded up and put on a reservation. Some have escaped hoping to find freedom while the government wants to stop them.

Science Comics: Birds of Prey (First Second) – We’re big fans of this educational graphic novel series that’s also entertaining. Great for kids and adults.

Solo Leveling Vol. 4 (Yen Press) – The series is awesome taking place in a world where dungeon hunting is an actual job.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 (IDW Publishing) – The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends. When the last star flickers, who will be the only Cybertronian left?

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

G.I. Joe has tracked down Cobra’s new island base-and is making plans to invade! The Joes are determined to rescue Duke and regain everything that Cobra stole during their recent attacks in France, Japan, and the United States. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander’s temper leads to a misuse of his new source of power, one that might just expedite a showdown between his ruthless organization and America’s elite special mission force! Join us for the penultimate chapter of this four-part storyline, “A Little Island Getaway!”

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: May 4, 2022
SRP: $3.99

G.I. Joe has tracked down Cobra’s new island base-and is making plans to invade! The Joes are determined to rescue Duke and regain everything that Cobra stole during their recent attacks in France, Japan, and the United States. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander’s temper leads to a misuse of his new source of power, one that might just expedite a showdown between his ruthless organization and America’s elite special mission force! Join us for the penultimate chapter of this four-part storyline, “A Little Island Getaway!”

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #2

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #2

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Cobra strikes! Paris, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. are attacked by MegaB.A.T.s, and G.I. Joe is there to fight them! But will the Joe team be enough to stop the extra-large androids from wreaking havoc in these three capital cities? And is there more to the fiendish Cobra Commander’s plans than simple destruction? Find out in “Three Heads of the Serpent”, the second chapter in this extension of the classic animated adventures of G.I. Joe!

YO JOE!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Call Me Nathan

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #1 (DC Comics) – We’re intrigued where Sean Gordon Murphy takes his sandbox of the DC world in this latest series and volume.

Call Me Nathan (SelfMadeHero) – Based on the true story of one person’s transition.

Cities of Magick #1 (Scout Comics) – It’s a decade-old war between to powerful magick clans!

DC vs. Vampires #6 (DC Comics) – Who’s the Vampire King? We find out!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue perfectly capture the feel of the cartoon series in every aspect.

Immortal X-Men #1 (Marvel) – The next phase of the world of the X-Men really kicks off here courtesy of Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck. We’re intrigued what this duo can bring and how things shift.

The Killer: Affairs of State #2 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – The first issue gave us a new status-quo for The Killer. Now working for French Intelligence, the series seems like it’s focused on corrupt government officials and delivers the same complex stories we’ve come to enjoy.

My Date with Monsters #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been a great mix of horror, comedy, and rom com and we’re intrigued and excited to see how it all wraps up.

Ranger Stranger #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was short comics that hand us laughing out loud and crying from laughing so hard. Here’s hoping the second delivers a similar amount of insanity.

Season of the Bruja #1 (Oni Press) – A story of magic that looks to have a solid amount of real world culture and history mixed in based on the writer’s own family’s traditions.

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