The antagonist of the G.I. Joe universe, Cobra, has turned into a peacekeeping organization. The Joes are left to find their place in the world in G.I. Joe Vol. 1: The Fall of G.I. Joe.
Scarlett is leading the Joes and has to justify their special ops team, but more importantly their funding to the Senate. Cobra is no longer a threat to the world and with them gone is the G.I. Joe team necessary?
The Joes get a death sentence and only have a few months in order to show they can still be an asset to the world before time runs out.
In the wings Cobra operative the Baroness is still in a position of power. However, it is unclear if her evil ways are a thing of the past and if the new Cobra shares her intentions.
G.I. Joe Vol. 1: The Fall of G.I. Joe is written by Karen Traviss. Steve Kurth and Jeffrey Veregge provided the art and was published by IDW Publishing in 2015.
My G.I. Joe knowledge is not extensive. I watched the show as a kid but I was always more of a Ninja Turtle guy. With that being said there are some classic characters in the volume. If I was more of a fan I may of nerded out more when a new character was introduced, but I didn’t.
The goofy and unrealistic characters are gone and the realistic ones remain. I think this is probably a good idea to stay realistic for this type of story. However, without the colorful characters I feel the story loses the fun and excitement which I was expecting.
I found this story unbelievably boring. I wanted action and awesome fight scenes and there were none. The only fight scene was three panels. The majority of the story was focussing on the son of a high ranking Cobra operative joining a rebel group. However, I don’t know anything about this character and don’t have any attachment to the character.
If this character lives or dies it will not affect me at all. I had a really hard time developing an attachment to any character other than Scarlett.
There were a lot of winks to the old G.I. Joe characters which was nice and tickled that nostalgia spot, but made me think about how I wished that character was in the story. It also made me feel like I came in mid-story. The characters would talk about a character’s wife and how she died, but never explained why that point was important.
The art in the volume was the best part and the worst part at the same time. The art was really nicely done. It is an almost painted kind of style and has a good use of shadows. Art for me can really distract me and take me out of the story. I really liked the art in this comic though.
However, the character design in this comic is awful. A main “good guy” and a main “bad guy” look almost exactly the same. The only difference is one has slightly longer hair. A couple of the characters look very similar, but those two are the best example. I found myself always confused and having to look at their hair.
This comic is really hard to recommend to anyone. I think even the most avid fan will be very disappointed. I think a G.I. Joe comic could be amazing, but this is not that comic in the slightest.
A good secret agent or spy thriller I can recommend is Velvet by Ed Brubaker. Velvet is the story of what-if James Bond’s secretary was a retired agent and was forced out of retirement.