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Review: GI Joe: A Real American Hero Annual #1

Written by TheGeek on Friday, March 02 2012 and posted in Reviews

TheGeek checks out the nostalgic GI Joe: A Real American Hero Annual #1! What's he got himself into? Read on to find out!

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

STORY BY: Larry Hama
ART BY :Ron Frenz, Ron Wagner, Herb Trimpe
COLORS BY: Rachelle Rosenberg


My last brush with GI Joe was with the cartoons and the toys, both of which awesomed my mind away as a kid. Now it's 2012, and here I am reviewing GI Joe: A Real American Hero will my first foray into the comics fare?

After reading it from cover to cover, I can safely shout at the top of my lungs, "Yo Joe!"

Larry Hama pens this particular tale that's ripped straight from recent headlines...a disgruntled ex-employee is dissilusioned about the American Dream, seeing all the news of rising unemployment rates and shrinking economy, and feeling he's got to do something about it. Too bad the guy is a Cobra sleeper agent...and a member of the ruthless Crimson Guard! Now, GI Joe (and even Cobra!) is racing against time to stop him from committing the crime of the century!

I gotta say, Hama's still got it. The book is nostalgic, reading more like a good episode of the cartoon than a comic. It's a combination of memorable characters (Scarlett and Zartan, two of my faves, get some good screentime here), a fun dip into GI Joe lore (learn about what the Crimson Guards are all about here!) and an exciting story that just begs to have the GI Joe solve.

What's really amazing is that the comic's got it's share of action, while never showing any blood or guts lying around. Far from looking sanitized, Hama proves here that it's possible to show action without being all messy about it. I'm not particularly squeamish, but I appreciate the fact that someone out there had the guts to do that.

The art is classy, with big names like Ron Frenz, Ron Wagner, Herb Trimpe, Sal Buscema and Rachelle Rosenberg working on the book to give life to Hama's story. I catch myself smiling seeing how timeless the book looks, like I could pick it up and not have it feel dated. Props all around.

Bottom line is, if you want a good old-fashioned GI Joe yarn by Larry Hama, with the right amount of action, danger and fun, the GI Joe: A Real American Hero Annual is your best bet.

Review by: TheGeek

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