First, the official description from IDW:
“Deep Terror, part 3!”
DEEP TERROR rumbles on! Scarlett and Team Bravo are on the loose in a COBRA mining operation, miles beneath the surface of the Earth, with no chance of escape. In this issue they uncover the objective of Dr. Mindbender’s subterranean search: a rare element that will allow COBRA to change the world forever. And that’s NOT Good!
It certainly sounds exciting, and it reads rather well. My only problem is that these is very basic G.I Joe; the eternal struggle between the joes and COBRA shown through a hidden war. Its certainly interesting, but other G.I Joe titles have done much more with the concept.
However, the development of the “rare element” is certainly engaging enough, even if it’s taken straight out of any science fiction TV show from the 80’s or 90’s. It somehow fits the story well enough. G.I Joe fans probably won’t care too much over what it is, its main point is to serve as something that comes between the G.I Joes and COBRA. Its not explained too much here, but that makes it all the more intriguing, with enough foreshadowing to suggest some plot developments in the future.
There’s also the concept of the Joe’s being outted in public. Depending on how this is played, there’s certainly room for future concepts. Hopefully, its not just retconned or forgotten about, as it shows the more political side of G.I Joe that is rarely touched upon.
In short, this has a few interesting factors, but at its core its classic, traditional G.I Joe. Depending on your opinion of the franchise, this could be very good, or something difficult to come to grips with. For the most part, it does enough to keep my eyes on the page.