First, the official description from IDW:
“Things are finally coming to a head between DARKLON and DESTRO! With the two adversaries confronting each other for the first time in years, things could get out of control—fast! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE is in trouble: CLUTCH and ROCK N’ ROLL are trapped in COBRA’s new HQ and a new mission in Benzheen takes a turn for the worse! The villains reign supreme in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #185!”
This issue is roughly split into two side-plots. The first features the confrontation between Darklon and Destro. Considering what has been hinted at previous, its a very calm resolution that might leave some slightly disappointed; having the bad guys fight amongst themselves is certainly interesting, but it may all feel underwhelming when no one actually comes to blows. Although G.I Joe: A Real American Hero #185 does its best to keep the tension mounting and thread the potential for future issues, it doesn’t always deliver enough to sustain interest until that point.
On the other hand, there is also the concurring plot involving Clutch and Rock N’ Roll. This plot isn’t that interesting, in all honesty. It hints at much but delivers little. For a start, one of the Joe’s has basically armed a civilian with weapons ( see the last issue) and no one still seems to make an issue of this; even the dialogue suggests this is perfectly normal behavior.
The Joe’s themselves spend a lot of time discussing things away from the front lines. This really is a dialogue heavy issue, but it does tease the odd secret now and then. Whilst it does sound dull, it does make a more welcome break, as there can’t be hectic action every issue, but these lull moments have been going on for a while.
All in all, its still worth a read, but fans shouldn’t get excited for any action, revelations or overall surprises. This seems to be a ‘filler’ issue, something put in place to pad the pacing rather than delivering any resolution or tension.