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Sunday, February 26, 2012

G.I. Joe: Cobra Vol. 1 – Cobra Civil War

Title: G.I. Joe: Cobra Vol. 1 – Cobra Civil War

ISBN: 9781613770368

Price: $17.99

Publisher/Year: IDW, 2011

Artist: Antonio Fuso, Chee

Writer: Mike Costa

Collects: G.I. Joe: Cobra Civil War #0, Cobra #1-4

Rating: 4/5

Cobra Commander is dead. Long live the Commander. Now they need to find his replacement. There are 9 candidates to the throne, and this trade gives us a unique viewpoint into the lives of a few of them. Baroness, Tomax, Serpentor and Major Bludd.

If you haven’t read any of the preceding issues or volumes of the Cobra limited series, you might be a little confused as to what is going on. This is not the trade you should start reading if you haven’t been reading any of the other IDW stories. When it comes to continuity for their original work, IDW is on the ball… even with multiple writers and artists working on a number of different titles. I feel that IDW has a better grasp of keeping continuity than Marvel ever did with the original series. (My apologies to Larry Hama, but these writers don’t have the toy designers breathing down their necks to write for them and I think that makes a huge difference.)

As with the entirety of the G.I. Joe titles from IDW, they are not the Joes you grew-up with as a kid. People die… there’s innuendo… you have masterful manipulations… oh, and there are alligators that eat people. I don’t recall seeing anything like that from Marvel. They have taken certain iconic characters we remember (Baroness, Serpentor, Major Bludd, Breaker, Steeler) and bring them into the new generation without the old comic book code. This approach makes for a wonderful read.

Mike Costa is yet another great writer in the employ of IDW. I wish I could have been a part of the team that selected writers like him for the G.I. Joe project. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a better team of artists with their writers.

Add this trade to your collection and look forward to the next volume. If you haven’t started reading IDW’s G.I. Joe titles, what are you waiting for?

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