By PS Hayes
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #2 Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Paul Gulacy
Colors by Aburtov & Grafikslava
Letters by Shawn Lee
Consulting Editor: John Barber
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Covers by Paul Gulacy, Aburtov & Grafikslava, Sean Chen & Joana LaFuente, and Jim Rugg IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #2 picks up right where the first issue left off-with Joes racing against The Baroness to recover the treasure of a fallen ship. All this, and Serpentor is up to no good. Actually, he’s up to GOOD, but that’s a whole nother story.
Writer Chuck Dixon has taken to this new title like a duck takes to water. He really brings a nice contrast to the G.I. Joe line, as this book is pretty much straight-up, Tom Clancy like military maneuvers and Fred Van Lente’s flagship G.I. Joe title has a little more of the theatrics that’s come to be associated with the franchise. Again, this is straight up military action, and that’s what makes it awesome. It’s totally believable characters in totally believable situations. This book is the one with elements of James Bond like levels of spying, action, locations, and intrigue. All the characterizations are strong, accurate and Dixon throws some good old fashioned Joe hallmarks in just for good measure.
Paul Gulacy, ladies and gentlemen!!! Listen, I could go on and on about what an icon he is in the comics industry, but why bother? You ALL know it! And MAN, does he really nail it in this issue. This is honestly, some REALLY great work here. First off, it’s great that the editors even GOT Gulacy to do the book. I mean, he can pretty much write his own ticket at this point in his career. But, I’m sure glad that they did because everything looks fantastic.
If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it stays away from the formula that the old G.I. Joe: Special Missions had. And that was, of course, the “one & done.” Yes, it’s a different time now. Yes, comics are a totally different game now. But, there was something really magical about a handful of Joes being thrown together and solving a problem within one issues time, then getting on with their lives like nothing every happened. Still, this is an excellent book, and you should check it out.