G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #156

Writer: Larry Hama Artist: Agustin Padilla, Rod Whigham Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 21, 2010 Critic Reviews: 3
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The '80s live on in this all-new series that spins out of the Free Comic Book Day issue 155-1/2 and hearkens back to the beloved JOE comics from your childhood! Larry Hama returns to script Real American Hero even as COBRA wins the bid to provide internal security for a terrorist-beleaguered USA. First order of business: put out a secret assassination order on the disbanded G.I. Joes. SNAKE EYES isn't taking it lying down and overreacts maybe just a tiny bit...

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 24, 2010

    I'm not thrilled with the four dollar price tag but if the series continues with this high of a quality of story then I will plunk down that amount for it (one of the few series I would consider paying four bucks for). To me, GI Joe is action, surprises, strategy and military espionage. This comic book has it all and I can't imagine the long time fan being disappointed with it. I definitely recommend the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 21, 2010

    There are certain old school hitches in the writing, mostly with an overabundance of exposition in a few scenes, but by and large Hama captures that winning blend of grounded military conflict and over-the-top fun. The series is a nice companion to IDW's own continuity, focusing on all the classic Joe stars that don't always receive much face time in the current books. The dynamic is certainly new, though, as the series sees Cobra legitimized even as the Joes fall back and struggle to regroup. Augustin Padilla also fits right in with the tone of the series. His art is slightly "'90s" in its abundance of muscles and ink lines, but it works here. They say you can't go home again, but so far Hama's return to A Real American Hero proves that isn't always true. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jul 22, 2010

    If you're interested in G.I.Joe and don't want to invest in multiple titles, or have read/enjoyed the old Marvel series...this is a great issue to pick up. This may also be of interest if you're only familiar with any of the animated series or even the movie--Hama cultivates a very realistic, engaging environment for the characters, that draws one into the story itself. While you'll get a lot more out of it if you're familiar with the characters...Hama does a good job introducing the characters and what you need to know now about them, so one could come onto this book fresh without ever having read a G.I.Joe comic before and follow along. Read Full Review

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