Only two concerns really stand out to me at this point, and neither are significant enough to dampen my enthusiasm. The first is that the artist, Agustin Padilla, struggles at times with framing Hama's action sequences, both from a clarity and layout perspective. There were several times where I was wondering where characters were in relationship to each other, where I didn't realize two people were close enough to do X or Y. What saves Padilla is that, generally speaking, his character composition and knack for kinetic movement is solid. If he can mend his layouts while preserving his strengths, I think we'll be okay. The only other reservation I have is based more on the fact that I don't want the status quo of Cobra being in charge to be changed any time soon. It's a great dynamic that I find very engaging. That the Joes are already breaking down the doors to Cobra's HQ is a little worrisome… but we'll see where things go from here. Read Full Review
I've focused a lot on what I didn't like about the issue but those are really just what are keeping the comic book from being great. I like exciting and loud GI Joe comics and this is definitely one. Great artwork helps keep the story fluid and we have that here to be sure. If only there was a way to launch into the action while keeping the level of suspense of a military buildup high, this could be an amazing re-examination of the original series. I just hope Hama makes Cobra Commander more ruthless and less of a joke in the future. Read Full Review
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