G.I. Joe #1
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G.I. Joe #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Steve Kurth Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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YO JOE! The truth is out: the world knows the G.I. JOE team is real. Now Duke leads his squad directly into the public eye, confronting COBRA on American soil! The best of the best just got better, as Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth lead the charge and we roll out one new G.I. Joe title a month for the next three months!

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Chad Bowers Feb 22, 2013

    With this G.I. Joe relaunch, Van Lente and Kurth aren't just inheriting the previous series, and they don't seem content to play it safe. They look to be wasting no time, and are set to take the property in a bold new direction, and I'm thrilled they're off to a great start. I'm hooked. Of course, I'm the target audience" but whether you've read G.I. Joe all your life, or someone who enjoyed the cartoon growing up, or better yet, if you're just a guy or a gal who enjoys the hell out of good comics, this new G.I. Joe feels like it's got a little something for all of us. Except for Raptor. I guess it doesn't have Raptor yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Tony Calandra Feb 21, 2013

    Overall I would say this is a good read for any G.I. Joe fan or someone wanting to check out a new comic book. If you like military style action with a new twist then G.I. Joe #1 might be right up your alley. Now I do understand some old time fans of G.I. Joe might not like the tone of this book but it can be overlooked if you really think about it. This series is like anything else that is being reborn, IDW brings us a new look and a new start to the Joes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Feb 20, 2013

    Finally, as much as I like a new series, I hate feeling shoe-horned or pressured into buying sister titles. Next month and the month after see similar titles from IDW. I'm fine with sister titles, in some ways I look forward to reading Special Missions and The Cobra Files, its already clear that both may need to be read to understand the plot better. This is great for big G.I Joe fans, but sometimes you just want to pick up one title and not need to do any research to understand what happened. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Feb 22, 2013

    Snappy story that takes the Joes in a fresh direction, but this art is extremely borderline for a $3.99 book. How can the same company that publishes this line of “artist editions” that are homages to the best the comic industry has ever seen continue to be cheap on the art in a flagship book like GI Joe? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 22, 2013

    So basically if like me, you thought Rise of Cobra was actually a pretty entertaining movie, and you're looking forward to Retaliation, you'll probably enjoy this book. It's as new reader friendly as you'll get with a sequel, and I'm sure there's going to be plenty of nostalgia in coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 23, 2013

    Shot down in an entire town of Cobra loyalists leaves Shipwreck badly injured, Duke captured by the Baroness, and the rest of the team separated into two groups and seriously out-gunned. There's a nice mix of action and humor here, although it's a little unclear why the JOE's haven't been using codenames before this latest reboot and the absence of core characters such as Snake Eyes and Scarlett (or any recognizable Cobra operative other than the Baroness' quick cameo on the issue's final panel) is sorely felt. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Feb 23, 2013

    For what it's trying to be, the new G.I. Joe is a good self-aware take on property stemming back to its cartoon days. It's a group of real soldiers being pushed into the roles of superhero-style celebrities while they are trying to fight a terrorist organization. This makes for an interesting new take on the G.I. Joe concept. That said, it differs significantly with the take that IDW has established thus far. It's not a natural or satisfying development of what has been done so far, and as someone who was drawn into reading these G.I. Joe comics because of the grounded realism, I'm left uninterested by IDW's new G.I. Joe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Feb 20, 2013

    And out of all this, the celebrity angle might be much less objectionable than the decision to re-stage a version of real events stripped of all their context. After all, G.I. Joe was always a celebrity fantasy, even when its operations were “covert,” but even here, G.I. Joe #1 still feels like ground that Youngblood tread, without many rewards, twenty years ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 20, 2013

    This new volume of G.I. JOE turns everything up-side down and not necessarily in a bad way. Sure, the team is now public, which I'm not too sure about, but I am sure it will make for interesting stories in the future.While I like the story here, the G.I. Joe fanboy in me is having problems with the team going public. Van Lente does a lot of solid work here with story and dialogue, and he's given me a new book on my pull list. The art was down the middle here though.It was a tad inconsistent, and there was a big problem with perspective and showing depth. I found myself really disliking the character Hashtag, although the rest of the team was pretty awesome.Overall, I give this book a mild recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Feb 26, 2013

    The idea of a visible,publiclymarketed G.I. Joe team is an idea that has some legs. This is the first title in a three monthly series roll-out, so this is a good time for Joe fans to get involved.Ultimately, G.I. Joe #1 was a fun issue and I will probably stick around for another issue or two. But I don't see this title having a ton of mass appeal. There are just too many problems, whether in the artwork or the sometimes-cloying cleverness, for G.I. Joe to entice the fans. If the kinks do get worked out, I think Fred Van Lente can write some good stories around this concept. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 21, 2013

    The letters page claims this title deals with "the public face" of G I. Joe, while "G.I. Joe: Special Missions" will deal with the "deadly missions." I found that to be interesting as at least one Joe is apparently killed in this issue with two more in critical condition and the possibility of a third casualty on the horizon, thanks to the splash-page cliffhanger debut of one of the Joes' most recognizable foes. The spirit is of the G.I. Joe brand is well-represented in "G.I. Joe" #1, but the execution is sloppy. I'm certain many of the bobbled details can be corrected or used as educational opportunities and I would like to see the book congeal more into a solid piece of storytelling. For now, however, Van Lente and his team have their work cut out for them after a weak debut. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Beckham Feb 20, 2013

    Overall, I’d like to consider myself a pretty avid G.I. Joe fan. But honestly there’s hasn’t been a reason to call myself one for a very long time. So with such a rough start, the one plus side is this book has only one place to go and that’s up! Read Full Review

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