Saturday, January 26, 2013

G.I. Joe: Target Snake Eyes by Alex Cal - Book Review

As a kid, I loved G.I. Joe.  Not the old, Barbie-sized guy, but the cool action figures, comic books, and cartoons.  I remember the classic "silent" Snake Eyes issue.  It was so cool.  So I jumped at the chance to review Target Snake Eyes by Alex Cal.  Unfortunately for me, I didn't find it near as cool.  That doesn't mean it wasn't a good comic, just that it wasn't for me.  I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story with a background I didn't know.  While I recognized many of the names (Scarlet, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Cobra Commander, etc.), I didn't really understand the circumstances they were in.  The art was fine.  The story was fine.  It involved Scarlet and a team of Joes trying to track down a rogue Snake Eyes, teamed up with Storm Shadow and a group of ninjas (former allies with Cobra).  The ninjas were trying to swipe something from Cobra.  The Joes (other than Scarlet) wanted to eliminate Snake Eyes before he revealed to much to his ninjas.  As the various groups came together, a final conflict occurred.  The result was not totally unexpected.

I would recommend this comic to regular readers of G.I. Joe or to someone looking to revisit their childhood.  It is not for the casual reader.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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