G.I Joe #4 Review

G.I Joe_S4_4 Cover BIt might still be early days for this new season, but G.I Joe #4 seems to be getting into it’s stride. Whether that’s any good or not… well, that depends on how you like your G.I Joe.

The official description from IDW:

ON THE RUN! The G.I. Joe team is in pursuit of their target, a revolutionary warlord—but he has a snake in his midst… as the COBRA peacekeeping force circles, SCARLETT’s decisions force other military agencies into action.

The strangest thing about G.I Joe #4 is how it manages to offer a decent amount for a monthly issue, yet splinters into numerous fragments along the way. The plot feels slow, while new elements often seem to overtake it, even if they don’t seem quite relevant yet. Still, the issue itself is fluid and well put together. It’s simply the fact that the end point isn’t that far ahead, that is the only major problem.

As far as writing goes, Karen Traviss is still getting into the run of things. Traviss’s writing is solid as far as the political aspects go, although – as I’ve said before – this often overshadows the more important elements that seperates G.I Joe from any other military-political thriller. While Traviss can write tension and action well, this focus onto a small country quickly limits what the series is thus far capable of.

Visually, Steve Kurth’s pencils are still of the same high quality. His action sequences are well translated to paper, while his over all pencils are always clear and crisp. That said, I do enjoy the colours from Kito Young, but the constant dark shades – there really is a lot of brown – continues to put me off a little.

Over all, this certainly isn’t a bad issue and I still found myself enjoying it by the end. Maybe it’s still taking its time to find its place, but its certainly getting there.

  • + Solid writing
  • + Doesn't overplay the action and violence
  • - Slow pacing
  • - Why so brown?

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