Published: October 22nd, 2013
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Paul Gulacy
Based on: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Hasbro
IDW Publishing, 104 Pages
After finishing Target Snake Eyes, I went back and read all the G.I. Joe: Origins stuff and then finished the M.A.S.S. Device storyline, as IDW never released a collected version of it and I had to read through single issues. But after all that, I’m back where I left off when I was trying to get through all the IDW G.I. Joe stories in order.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions, in its title, is an homage to the series of the same name that Marvel was putting out in the mid ’80s.
This picks up after Target Snake Eyes and follows Scarlett as she leads a small team that goes on a mission at sea. The Baroness, who has been targeted by her former employer, Cobra, is trying to correct one of her gravest mistakes by recovering a fortune she lost at sea when a plan she had went awry. The small group of Joes end up getting stuck in the middle of a war between the Baroness and Serpentor’s special kill squad of Coil Vipers. There is also the matter of the greedy crew that wants the Baroness’ fortune when they realize what they’ve been tasked with recovering.
This is a good story with a lot of layers and twists to it. But it’s written by Chuck Dixon and his stories never disappoint.
I love when G.I. Joe does stories at sea. The only negative for me, is that Shipwreck wasn’t in this. Yes, he’s my favorite Joe of all-time and I am biased towards him being in every story that has a boat but I felt like he and even Cover Girl could have brought a little something extra to this team. I also expected the Scarlett and Mainframe romance to move forward more but it kind of stagnated, as she is still having conflicting feelings regarding Snake Eyes after the final moments of the Target Snake Eyes plot.
The only real negative is that the art in this book was a mixed bag. I loved the colors and the action looked good but the artist has real trouble drawing faces, especially female faces. There are times where the Baroness and Scarlett looked very alien with asymmetrical almond shaped eyes. I felt like maybe the book was rushed on the artist’s end.
This story was a good kick off for the third phase of IDW’s G.I. Joe mythos, which also includes the Cobra Files series, as well as the third standard G.I. Joe title.
Pairs well with: The story before it, Target Snake Eyes. Then the other two new series that ran along side this Cobra Files and the third standard G.I. Joe title for IDW.