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Comic Review: G.I. Joe #2
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G.I. Joe #2
Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Steve Kurth
Inks by Allen Martinez
Colors by Joana LaFuente
Letters by Shawn Lee
Covers by Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez & Joana Lafuente, Juan Doe, and Ryan Dunlavey
Consulting Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: John Barber
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 20, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

I honestly don’t know how I waited a whole month for G.I. Joe #2. But, I’m glad I did. Wait, I’m not glad that I WAITED, I’m glad that the moment is here and I got to read it. Issue #3 comes out next week, right? RIGHT?!?!

Fred Van Lente is quickly becoming my favorite writer. I don’t know how I missed his awesomeness all these year. And for that, I apologize. Now, I’ll be making up for it. Ladies & Gentlemen, G.I. Joe is BACK! BACK to its comic greatness. BACK to the stories that we all imagined while we played with the toys when we were kids. Remember a couple of years ago when we were all so pleasantly surprised when we watched G.I. Joe: Resolute? Yeah, it’s like that.

This issue, the Joes are in trouble. BIG trouble. Duke’s captured, Cobra has taken over a town, and the Powers that Be in Washington have no clue about any of it, thanks to Destro. What ensues this issue is CLASSIC G.I. Joe. It’s Joes fighting Cobras, with everyone’s life hanging in the balance. Van Lente has done more for the characterization in this one issue, than previous writers have done in years. Superb.

Speaking of superb, Steve Kurth is back for this second issue. I say that like it’s a big deal, because nowadays one artist drawing more than one issue in a row IS a big deal. And, he brings his greatness with him! His style is very different from work he’s done in the past and shows a lot of growth and adaptability on Kurth’s part. He’s done a great job with the characters in this issues. He gives everyone their classic looks and everyone is instantly recognizable. He gives a real brutality to some scenes, but never goes over the top.

Get off your computer! Shut off your phone! Throw down your tablet! Run over to your comic store and buy this comic! Then go see G.I. Joe: Retaliation when it opens!

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