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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

(W) Larry Hama (A) S. L. Gallant (CA) Jamie Sullivan
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $6.99

“All In,” Part 5! This is it! The final G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero story arc at IDW Publishing comes to a blockbuster conclusion! Using a brand-new casino on Cobra Island as a front, Cobra has been busy resurrecting both dangerous villains and heroes behind the scenes, all in the hope of creating the deadliest Cobra army ever! Will the warriors of G.I. Joe foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late? Or will the devious Revanche robots have the last word over both the Joes and Cobra? The game for the fate of the world has reached its calamitous finale, and it’s time for every single player to go… all in! Living Legend Larry Hama and SL Gallant bring us this final special overlength issue of their long and celebrated run at IDW Publishing! Including special extras, this milestone issue is not to be missed!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

Review: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300 is a comic that should be a celebration. It’s the final issue of the long running series being published by IDW Publishing with a future that’s still unknown. It’s also an amazing accomplishment for writer Larry Hama who has been the architect from the early days. The finale to a long running storyline, the issue should be fireworks and excitement to wrap things up. Unfortunately, like the C-130 within the pages, the result is a crash.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300 is an oddity of an issue. Pure action and over the top moments, it encapsulates so much of what makes G.I. Joe fun. The concepts are out there mixing military action and sci-fi weirdness, mixing in a dash of laughs and humor. It’s classic Joe. But, the comic ends on a cliffhanger, an unfinished story that feels both fitting and frustrating. Like a good “to be continued”, the issue leaves you hanging right at a big moment of action waiting for the next episode (issue in this case). But, that may never come leaving it all a bit of a letdown. It’s not so much a celebration as an oddity of a “finale” that doesn’t quite satisy.

Featuring the art of S.L. Gallant with ink by Aria Keane, and color of J. Brown, the art is good. I’m not the biggest fan of Gallant’s style but there’s something for how much is packed into the issue. The action scenes are entertaining and there’s a lot to keep track of and change up. The team handles that well with all of the characters looking solid and each scene hitting its beat visually.

The comic features a PSA from writer Erik Burnham, art by Billy Penn, and color by Luis Antonio Delgado. Like the rest of the comic, it captures the feel of classic G.I. Joe PSAs but like the overall issue, something is slightly off. It’s a nice fun send off but again, doesn’t really feel like that special finale.

And that’s probably what bothers me most about G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300. It doesn’t feel like a send off. It feels like an unfinished piece by a maestro who deserved a better ending. Still, there’s something interesting and gutsy about leaving things the way it is. This is an issue that’ll be debated for quite a while by Joe fans.

Story: Larry Hama, Erik Burnham Art: S.L. Gallant, Billy Penn
Ink: Aria Keane Color: J. Brown, Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

(W) Larry Hama (A) S. L. Gallant (CA) Jamie Sullivan
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $6.99

“All In,” Part 5! This is it! The final G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero story arc at IDW Publishing comes to a blockbuster conclusion! Using a brand-new casino on Cobra Island as a front, Cobra has been busy resurrecting both dangerous villains and heroes behind the scenes, all in the hope of creating the deadliest Cobra army ever! Will the warriors of G.I. Joe foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late? Or will the devious Revanche robots have the last word over both the Joes and Cobra? The game for the fate of the world has reached its calamitous finale, and it’s time for every single player to go… all in! Living Legend Larry Hama and SL Gallant bring us this final special overlength issue of their long and celebrated run at IDW Publishing! Including special extras, this milestone issue is not to be missed!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero #299

G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero #299

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) S. L. Gallant
In Shops: Oct 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“All-In,” Part 4! The final G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero story arc at IDW Publishing continues! Using a brand-new casino on Cobra Island as a front, Cobra has been busy resurrecting dangerous villains and heroes alike, all in the hope of creating the deadliest Cobra army ever! It’ll be up to the warriors of G.I. Joe to foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late. The fight for the fate of the world is barreling to a calamitous conclusion, and it’s time for every single player to go all-in!

G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero #299

Preview: G.I. Joe Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special Deluxe Edition

G.I. Joe Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special Deluxe Edition

(W) Larry Hama (A) Herb Trimpe, Russ Heath, Steve Leialoha
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $29.99

Yo, Joe! Celebrate 40 years of the Real American Hero with this oversized deluxe edition filled with iconic stories and exciting bonus content!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21: “Silent Interlude” is not only one of the most recognized G.I. Joe issues, but one of the most famous comics of all time. Its groundbreaking use of art to tell a story with no dialogue or captions has become a touchstone in the history of comics, referenced in countless subsequent homages. Along with the original issue, a new interpretation is included with 22 different artists doing a single page, including Rob Liefeld, Tim Lattie, Netho Diaz, Kei Zama, Antonio Fuso, Robert Atkins, Tom Feister, Maria Keane, and more!

Also included are classic issues from the series, starting with the one that started it all, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1: “Operation: Lady Doomsday;” the short story “…Hot Potato;” issue #24 “The Commander Escapes” with art by the great Russ Heath; issue #26 “Snake Eyes: The Origin;” issue #50 “The Battle of Springfield;” and issue #86 “…Not Fade Away.”

Bonus content includes an essay by Chad Bowers (Snake Eyes: Deadgame) about the impact “Silent Interlude” and G.I. Joe had on comics; the original breakdowns by Larry Hama for issue #21; character profile cards; and a vehicle gallery.

G.I. Joe Real American Hero 40th Anniversary Special Deluxe Edition

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Rise of Serpentor

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Rise of Serpentor

(W) Larry Hama (A) Michael Golden, Rod Whigham, Herb Trimpe
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
SRP: $59.99

Discover the history of one of the most notorious members of Cobra with this collection of stories from the original 1980s comics! Created by a secret cabal of Cobra scientists who combed the tombs, sarcophagi, and relics of the great despots of history to produce a clone with the military genius of Napoleon, the ruthlessness of Julius Caesar, the daring of Hannibal, and the fiscal acumen of Attila the Hun into the ultimate Cobra Emperor-Serpentor! This oversized hardcover collection contains the G.I. Joe Yearbook #2 (March 1986) story “Triple Play,” A Real American Hero issues #46-53 (April 1986-November 1986) that detail the creation of the infamous character, and Special Missions #1-2 (October 1986-December 1986).

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Rise of Serpentor

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #298

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #298

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) S. L. Gallant
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“All-In,” Part 3! The final G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero story arc at IDW Publishing continues! Using a brand-new casino on Cobra Island as a front, Cobra has been busy behind the scenes resurrecting dangerous villains and heroes alike, all in the hope of creating the deadliest Cobra army ever! It’ll be up to the warriors of G.I. Joe to foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late. The game for the fate of the world is barreling to a calamitous conclusion, and it’s time for every single player to go all-in!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #298

IDW salutes and celebrates Larry Hama with G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #300

IDW Publishing will bid farewell to its long-running series of G.I. JOE comic books with the publication of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #300written by indispensable visionary Larry Hama with art by SL Gallant, inks by Maria Keane, colors by J. Brown, and letters by Neil Uyetake. The final, overlength issue of the IDW comic will be published in November, and one of its sensational cover variants—illustrated by Jamie Sullivan—sets a new world record for the most characters featured on a comic book cover! 

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #300 marks the culmination of a culture-shifting 40-year franchise helmed throughout by industry legend Hama. Nearly every issue of the original 155-issue run was written by Hama until Marvel Comics ended publication in 1994, and when IDW acquired the license 15 years later, Hama was welcomed with open arms to continue the storyline right where he left off! Hama, was recently recognized for his lifetime of achievements as an inductee of the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

In the bombastic conclusion to IDW’s G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Cobra is on the verge of creating its deadliest army ever by resurrecting both dangerous villains and heroes. Will the warriors of G.I. JOE foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late? Or will the devious Revanche robots have the last word over both the Joes and Cobra?

In honor of the final issue, A Real American Hero #300 will feature a record-shattering cover image by artist Jamie Sullivan that pays tribute to the scope and impact of the 40-year-old franchise. Sullivan’s cover sets a new world record, featuring a total of 313 unique, named G.I. JOE characters together in a single image.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #300, the final issue of IDW’s G.I. Joe series, will be available with six cover variants, including Covers A and B by Jamie Sullivan; Cover C by Netho Diaz; Cover D by Kieran McKeown; two retailer incentive covers by John Royle and Ron Joseph, respectively; and a special retailer incentive wraparound of Sullivan’s world record-setting cover without trade dress, so every single detail and character can be seen in its full glory.

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #297

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #297

(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) S. L. Gallant
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The final G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero story arc at IDW Publishing continues! Using a brand-new casino on Cobra Island as a front, Cobra has been busy behind the scenes resurrecting dangerous villains and heroes alike, all in the hope of creating the deadliest Cobra army ever! It’ll be up to the warriors of G.I. Joe to foil their archenemy’s evil machinations before it’s too late. The game for the fate of the world is barreling toward a calamitous conclusion, and it’s time for every single player to go all in!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #297

Review: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Storm Shadow

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Storm Shadow

When it comes to conflicted antagonists, it seems as though Marvel may have cornered the market. You can see this in three of their biggest movies. In Black Panther, Erik Killmonger  is nothing what he seems. We find out that he’s T’Challa’s cousin, and by the end of the movie, audiences were as conflicted as he was. In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,  the Manadarin is a father who longs for his dead wife. It’s a grief that pushes him to unleash an ancient evil. In Thor: Love & Thunder, Gorr The God Butcher, doesn’t kill because of sheer hate, but out of grief, when a God denied him the right to bring his daughter back to life.

Comic book fans will tell you that there’s so many great villains to discover in comics. There is more than a variety of characters that cannot be painted into being a hero or a villain. Take for instance Storm Shadow, from G.I. Joe whose journey in comics is very complex. He was an assassin for Cobra than came to be a soldier for Joe. Just like Snake Eyes, his first true allegiance is to the Arashikage ninja clan. In this collection of stories, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Storm Shadow,  we find out just what makes him such a fan favorite.

In “Judgments”, Storm Shadow  is in a moral quandary  where he  disagrees with the rest of COBRA on a prisoner, eventually betraying and helping the prisoner escape. In “The Tenth Letter”, Storm Shadow helps G.I. Joe liberate a Gulag where Snowjob is kept captive. In  the next story, through a diabolical plan  of Copbra Commander, they weaponize the one man who they did not have an answer for, Snake Eyes. In the last story, we get an origin story about Snake Eyes before there was G.I. Joe, as we get a picture of a complex ma, who found it hard to assimilate to infantry life.

Overall, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Best of Storm Shadow is a collection that actually highlights two of the best characters in this classic franchise. The stories by Hama are fun. The art by the different creators are gorgeous. Altogether, a collection that will have fans wanting to watch old episodes of the 80s cartoon.

Story: Larry Hama Art: Rod Whigham, Ron Wagner, Agustin Padilla, Andrew Lee Griffith
Ink: Andy Mushynsky, Randy Emberlin Color: George Roussos, Bob Sharen, J. Brown
Letterer: Rich Parker, Joe Rosen, Chris Mowry, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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