By PS Hayes
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 6:00 pm
G.I. Joe #13 Written by Paul Allor
Art by Alex Cal, Robert Atkins & Juan Castro, and Chris Evenhuis
Colors by David Garcia Cruz, and Joana LaFuente
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano
Covers by Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez, Joana LaFuente & Freddie E. Williams III, and David Garcia Cruz IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 5, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
G.I. Joe #13 could be titled “Everything you always wanted to know about Cobra, but where afraid they’d kill you for asking.” Thankfully, it’s not. What it IS is a really awesome issue.
This month, new writer Paul Allor gives us not one, not two, but THREE stories all packed into one surprisingly not over-crammed issue. The stories are framed with The Baroness being told about the history of the Cobra organization. A tale that goes back — like REALLY way back. It turns out, the Cobra organization has been behind some pretty interesting things that you’d never even associate them with. You know that I’m anti-spoiler, so I’m not going to tell you what those things are, but I suggest you pick this issue up and find out what they are, because I guarantee you’ll be highly entertained. This is one of my favorite issues of Joe in a long time.
And with those three stories we get three different artists! How lucky are we?! Alex Cal does the framing, present-day story. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but he pulls it off here with no problems. Then we move to long-time G.I. Joe artist, Robert Atkins. He does probably my favorite story out of the three. Everything looks great, and he comes up with some great early Cobra sigils and uniforms. Lastly, Chris Evenhuis draws a FANTASTIC-looking story to end the book. His art is AMAZING and totally works with the sequence that he’s given. He’s got a really clean style, and it’s great.
Do I really have to tell you? PICK THIS UP!!! G.I. Joe #13 is a great issue overall, really solid and even though it’s not part one or the best jumping-on point, you’ll still be able to enjoy this issue on its own merits.