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Nostalgia Pandering - Street Fighter X G I Joe #1 Review

Written by CajunBean on Wednesday, February 24 2016 and posted in Reviews

Nostalgia Pandering - Street Fighter X G I Joe #1 Review

What happens when two icons of the 90's are mashed into one book? Yes, Michael Bay possibly gets a boner, but they also inevitably start beating the crap out of each other!

Title - Street Fighter X G I Joe #1

Writer - Aubrey Sitterson

Artist -Emilio Laiso

Colors - David Garcia Cruz

Publisher - IDW Publishing


So, I am going to steal a bit of review formatting from Ms. Amanda Comi for this bit of babble. I have no shame.


The Good-

This book reads like the absolute best of the worst action movies from the 90's. No, not the actual Street Fighter Movie, thank god. Think more like Blood Sport. Writer Aubrey Sitterson wastes little time dithering about with things like plot or back story and really gets to the meat and potatoes of it, good and quick. 

Basically the book IS Blood Sport with better costumes.

A good 70% of this opening arc is little more than some of your childhood favorites beating the ever living snot out of one another and we barely get an explanation as to why. To be honest, who cares. We just want to see Snake Eyes junk punch Ken anyways.

The fight scenes are beautifully layed out by Artist Emilio Laiso, and the colors rendered by David Garcia Cruz craft a sense of elegant chaos. Your childhood pummels itself beautifully, and as far as spectacles go, this book makes quite a mark. 


The Bad-

The plot is glossed over for the most part in this first issue. It is fine, plot does not seem crucial to a crossover like this, but from what little we get, expect it to be paper thin. 

Due to the short nature of this series, some of your favorite characters had to be tossed out. That dream of Ken getting junk punched by Snake Eyes? Yeah, that will be left purely to the imagination.

The classically ostentatious fighting grounds as cultural nods to combatants is not here. Instead our fighting arena is a rather austere grey slab. Practical, but not really eye catching, and it does lack the flair the World Warrior Tournament has cultivated since the early 90's.


The Ugly-

The price tag on this book is a bit steep at five bucks. Clocking in at about 35 pages, 4 of which are a preview of a different title, the book does not really feel like an over-sized volume.


In summation, if you just want to watch Joes and Ryus beat the blood out of one another, this book is super fun and simple. Little plot + lot of action = crazy fun. The art is really exciting and well done. Just don't expect an intellectual read and be wary of that heavy price tag.


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He was born in the swamps of Louisiana, where he spent his days punching gators in the crotch and funneling gumbo til his eyes bled. Then one day, a powerful foreign entity dragged him across several state lines, and tethered him to the Colorado Rockies, where he lives in perpetual fear of freezing to death and there is nary a gator crotch in sight for punching. Now he hides inside, dreading snow flurries, and hammering away reviews and non-nonsensical ramblings for the outhouse overlords (cuz apparently someone saw fit to lord over outhouses). 

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