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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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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook #3

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook #3

(W) Larry Hama (A) Ron Wagner, Mike Zeck (CA) Roi Mercado
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

Relive the classic era of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero in this very special reprint of Yearbook #3. Featuring the classic tales “Hush Job” and “My Dinner with Serpentor” — plus TONS of extras — Living Legend Larry Hama and his top-notch team of artists take us on an unforgettable journey that features spies, ninjas, soldiers, swords, guns, and… PIZZA! It’s all here in this must-have comic for long-time collectors and new fans alike. Includes a brand-new cover by superstar-artist-in-the-making Roi Mercado!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook #3

Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #26

Scooby Apocalypse #26

(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens (CA) Kaare Andrews
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

With one of their own dead, the members of the Scooby gang wrestle with their grief. But there’s precious little time to mourn, because a new threat is rising – one that may spell an end to the gang’s hope of building a haven for the survivors of the nanite plague.

Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #25

Scooby Apocalypse #25

(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After nearly fifty years of Scooby-Doo, the unthinkable occurs! This month death claims one of the most beloved figures in pop-culture history: Fred Jones! This stunning turn of events will have repercussions that you won’t want to miss!

Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #23

Scooby Apocalypse #23

Story: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Rob Wagner
Art: Ron Wagner
Cover: Jill Thompson
Ink: Andy Owens, Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Harvey Richards Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

With their new base of operations established, the gang begins the search for the last remnants of the human race! In their quest to find survivors, they encounter creatures who aren’t mindless savages-and the discovery just might tear the team apart! Also: the next chapter in the outrageous adventures of Secret Squirrel!

Review: The 99: Sacrifice

Within the medium of comics, no one gets death as deftly as sequential art does. Books, can portray a death quite convincingly, describing every detail, as if you were in the room. Movies and tv shows, do it well too, as they show the viewer visually and sometimes not, what occurs. As the death of a beloved character, can make the audience gasp or cheer.

This last season of Game Of Thrones, saw the death of Littlefinger, a villain within the books and the TV show, who seemingly was behind every sea change within Westeros. Then in the recent storyline of Detective Comics, saw the death of Clayface, a once hated but now redeemed character, that divides Bat Family. Either way, much like in life, when one person is so attached to other’s lives, their fatality can be devastating. In this newest volume of The 99, every wielder of the Noor stones face a sacrifice or a demise of someone close.

Dr. Ramzi,  at the beginning of the book, asks every member what personal sacrifice each undertook before they discovered their powers. One of the wielders talks about how each got sold in to child slavery but got turned into a cold-blooded killer and receives the Noor stones this way. Another finds one of the heroes finding his powers through being bullied and almost killing someone. By book’s end, the giving up of something or someone in this book, shows the true measure of a hero.

Overall, this feels like the “After School Special” of the series, which can be good, but this team has told better stories. Stuart Moore and Fabian Nicieza feels seral in this book, which is not exemplary of the series. The art by the different artists is the one consistency from the rest of the series that is in this volume. Altogether, the series has done better than this volume, skip this one and find the rest.

Story: Stuart Moore and Fabian Nicieza
Art: Ron Wagner, Joe Rubinstein, Paco Diaz, Chris Schons, Steven Yeowell, Kevin Kobasic, Don Hudson, Mark Buckingham and Steve Buccelato
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Exclusive Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #22

Scooby Apocalypse #22

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art by: Colleen Doran, Andy Owens, Ron Wagner
Cover by: Carlos D’Anda
Variant cover by: Howard Chaykin
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 14, 2018

The world as we know it is gone! The gang is left with two options: Save whoever they can or watch as the human race fades into extinction! Plus, the daring adventures of Secret Squirrel continue!

Review: The 99: New Blood

I am old enough to remember the 90s X-Men cartoon, which set a pretty high standard for cartoons at the time. First, there was nothing like it, as many of the cartoons on TV at the time pretty much were purely entertainment. Gone were the days of Silverhawks and Robotech, where you could learn something from a cartoon. This is exactly why the X-Men were an anomaly, as they had mature themes, but understood the show was for children.

This was before the world fell in love with Wolverine, as the Brian Singer movies had a lot to boost his popularity as well as Hugh Jackman, for many kids, if they did not read the comic, this was their first introduction. Here we found a character, who was really a loner and all about business, something Jackman has conveyed in spades, but this show did it first, and much more convincingly. The best part of the show, is when they found new mutants, where the audience got to meet someone new with powers. In this issue of The 99, the reader gets that, as we are introduced to a few new carriers of the Noor stones.

Dr. Razem, at the beginning of the issue, continues to find wielders of the gemstones, as one by one, finds their power. We are introduced to Kyai, Amira, Hatem, and Rafie, each seemingly ordinary but each quite unique and powerful. We find out how each, gets to know their power and some even save some lives. By issue’s end, Razem, has found a few new recruits, each willing to fight for good.

Overall, probably the best of the issues thus far I have read, proving that great stories come from all over the world. The story by Fabian Nicieza is exciting and hard hitting. The art by Ron Wagner is gorgeous. Altogether, a fun collection of origin stories that will introduce the world to a new set of heroes.

Story: Fabian Nicieza Art: Ron Wagner
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The 99: Futures

Genre television has been around for decades, but the gap in quality has only gotten better in the last few years. I remember as a kid growing up, watching Adam West’s Batman, on the television, just about every afternoon.  It was fun watching the Dark Knight, before he was so dark, he was all business, but family friendly. I also remember watching the Incredible Hulk, a much sedate heartfelt version not only the big Green guy also of Bruce Banner.

As both of these examples still hold a special place in most fans hearts, it is hard for most of those fans to see how unfaithful these shows were to canon of both of these characters. In recent years, a lot of these characters including the Dark Knight, a la Gotham, has their stories told much more in step with what is canon.  This why I am pretty obsessed with The Gifted, as this shows a world after the X-Men, and is pretty close to how the world is, as it was portrayed in X men: Days of Future Past. This is what this particular issue of The 99 reminds me of, entitled Futures.

As the team gets caught up in a trap, Hadya, The Guide, gets seriously injured, Dr.Hamzi, becomes desperate to know what lies ahead. He summons Aleem The All Knowing, to soothsay all the possible futures the team may encounter. As each future is revealed, one direr than the other, and each could be changed with one decision. By book’s end, each team member sees as long as every decision counts.

Overall, a great issue in the series, a mix of Quantum Leap and Sliders. The story by Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore is funny, and action packed. The art by Joe Rubinstein and Ron Wagner is beautiful. Altogether, a great book, that lets the world see POC characters in spaces that they would otherwise not been seen.

Story: Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore Art: Joe Rubinstein and Ron Wagner
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #21

Scooby Apocalypse #21

(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens, Phil Jimenez (CA) Carlos D’Anda
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The gang finally reaches the underground base, only to discover that their nightmare is just beginning. Plus, the fate of Scrappy-Doo-revealed at last! Plus, the daring adventures continue as Secret Squirrel goes where many men have gone before…!

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