Writer: Larry Hama

Artist: Brian Shearer

ColorsJames Brown

Lettering: Neil Uyetake

Cover: Brian Shearer

Publisher: IDW Publishing

 

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G.I. Joe issue #253 is a perfect mix of realistic action and what I would call “GO JOE!” action.

I really liked this issue, I wasn’t too sure what to expect after hearing negative reviews on one of the previous writers but I’m happy to say this was a great war comic. Realism when depicting war is important to me, I’m a fan of history and I try to write my comics with a grain of history and story to them. Issue #253 was about as perfect as you can get for a war story with flair, Larry Hama is a great writer and he knows his military jargon. Everything seemed to be in place if you know what I mean by that, sometimes you’ll see things in comics depicting wars and they depict something a bit off like weaponry that wouldn’t be realistically used by a certain enemy or allied troop. This comic seems to be pretty straight and narrow for what it uses at its disposal.

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This issue is part three of SPECIAL MISSIONS, where we get to see Duke in what seems to be pre G.I. JOE involvement story. It’s a tense, action comic book that didn’t disappoint or didn’t seem cheesy, it was fun and that’s what I think G.I. JOE has been in the past, a fun comic book. I’ve only read a few JOE comics and they’ve been from the 80’s or 90’s era so I can’t speak for how the JOE comics have been as of late. I did love the cartoon from the 80’s and believe me I had some awesome JOE action figures growing up from the Cobra Commander to the big Tomahawk helicopter and the Night Raven aircraft.

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The art by Brian Shearer is great a suits the action very well. Overall this was a great comic, I didn’t want to spoil anything when it comes to the action and story, I’ll leave it to the JOE fans to experience it for themselves.

Overall: 8/10

 

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