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Destro #1

Writer: Dan Watters Artist: Andrei Bressan, Adriano Lucas Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 19, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 11
8.2Critic Rating
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Mini-Series Premiere. The next chapter of The Cobra Threat threat begins here! James McCullen Destro XXIV is the man behind M.A.R.S. Industries, the undisputed leader in providing high-tech weapons to world powers... for the right price. But the emergence of Energon has changed everything. As Destro's ambitions grow, the "Crimson Twins" Tomax and Xamot Paoli emerge to destroy their competition, and Cobra Commander realizes his current ally could be his future greatest enemy. Acclaimed writer Dan Watters and artist Andrei Bressan change the balance of power in the Energon Universe forever.

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    The Comicbook Dispatch - dragoncache Jun 19, 2024

    When Astoria Carlton-Ritz, the new CEO of Hybrid Technologies, visits Artyom Darklons weapons fair, she looks forward to resuming her life in Manhattan. But a freak accident in Darklonia may suggest a new business opportunity or a rare ability in Destro #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Jun 19, 2024

    An evil threat makes a daring splash into the Energon Universe spotlight with a solid debut chapter. Watters molds the ruthlessness of business with superb writing. Bressan, Lucas and Wooton provide impactful images that proves all is fair in power and war. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 19, 2024

    Destro #1 brings in more familiar faces to the Energon Universe with a political thriller tone to help it stand apart. This is another must-read in the eventual formation of G.I. Joe and Cobra. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 17, 2024

    Destro #1 appropriately reveals who the character is in a few ways while fleshing out the bad-guy side of an ongoing building of an army for Cobra. The worldbuilding is strong with Destro, making it a can't-miss series for fans of the Energon Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Anthony Bergamini Jun 17, 2024

    Destro #1 is a blast of a first issue that mixes the fun of the classic cartoons and comics with the grit and realism of this new Energon Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gonkbonk - Javier Reyes Jun 19, 2024

    Destro #1 introduces plenty of fan-favorite characters and obscure picks into the Energon Universe timeline that will leave long-time G.I. Joe fans excited for the future. The issue does a great job of showcasing Destro's calculating character in a story fueled by war and intrigue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 19, 2024

    The final pages ramp up the action, putting Destro right in the midst of a warzone and showcasing his slightly more unhinged side – something we also got to see earlier in the issue with him having a frank, honest (and worryingly two-way) conversation with the statues marking the graves of his Scottish ancestors.Another fantastic blend of cartoon excess and gritty Energon Universe drama, and given how well these series have been integrated to this point, a fairly essential purchase if you want to stay up to date. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 17, 2024

    Destro #1 is another great addition to the Energon Universe. Dan Watters and Andrei Bressan nail how to tell a story around a villain as the protagonist of the series. The way things are developed around Destro leaves you intrigued by what this will mean for the leader of M.A.R.S and the greater impact it'll have on the G.I. JOE side of the universe. This a must-read for G.I. JOE and Energon Universe fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 19, 2024

    It's not that Destro #1 is bad. It adds more to the world but it feels like that's what its goal is. It's not a story first and references and teases second. It comes off as the references and teases were first and a story crafted around them at times. Expanding the Energon Universe, it does a fine job, but adds little to Destro as a character. It leaves him as one note, and falls a short compared to what has come before. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Brant Lewis Jun 23, 2024

    Although not as strong as the previous Energon works, Watters and Bressan delve into the devil's soul in Destro #1. With an excellent understanding of character voices, another section of the Energon universe gets explored. Hopefully, the energy picks up in the next issue cause I am interested in the title's premise. Overall, I wish there was more narrative meat on the bone and more substantial art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 19, 2024

    What's engaging about the start of this 5-issue miniseries plays its two sides against one another. On one hand it is a revitalization to resell corporate IP and all of the associated franchise opportunities with a new face, an entertaining if hollow pursuit. On the other hand, Destro #1 dares to imagine its central figure as a complex anti-hero who deftly shifts between notes of horror and fascination reflecting terrors of modern warfare. It's enough to tempt even a cynical reader to take Destro seriously. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comical Opinions - Gabriel Hernandez Jun 19, 2024

    DESTRO #1 is a dense start to a miniseries spotlighting one of G.I. Joe's most ruthless villains. Dan Watters peppers in all the names, cameos, and references to make Joe connoisseurs happy, but the plot structure is overstuffed and largely dull. Plus, the art lacks sharpness and refinement. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    sawright20 Jun 20, 2024

    This was so cool. I love Destro as a character, and all the other colorful personalities introduced here were wonderful too. This might be my favorite of the G.I. Joe comics in the Energon Universe so far.

  • 9.0
    derbycomics Jun 18, 2024

    Dan Watters, Andrei Bressan, Adriano Lucas, & Rus Wooton kicked off the new Energon Universe limited series with a bang! The first issue drops us right into the action and Watters’ script doesn’t hold back. This was a fast-paced thrill ride from the first page to the last.

    The highlight for me was how Watters wrote the dialogue between Destro & Cobra Commander. It’s perfectly captured, showcasing their complex dynamic & tenuous alliance. These two are going to be so much fun to watch together.

    Bressan’s art is reminiscent of classic GI Joe comics, with awesome depictions of the action & character faces that convey a ton of emotion. For a man with a metal face, Destro’s reactions are so detailed & perfectly co more

  • 8.5
    maljoss Jun 21, 2024

    This looks like another strong addition to the Energon Universe.
    The art was on point - Andrei Bressan is an excellent artist, and his work on this issue was no exception. I'm less familiar with Dan Watters, but the pace of the story was good, and the dialogue was very well done - particularly the interactions between Destro and Cobra Commander.

  • 8.0

    While lacking in that special something Williamson's books had this was still pretty good. Like always Destro and Cobra Commander obviously don't like or trust one another, but need each other if their plans are to succeed. It's what always made them such an impressive pair of villains.
    An interesting thing to note is the presence of Astoria Carlton Ritz, an easily forgotten character from the Transformers cartoon. I'd have expected that Bree character from G.I. Joe's "The million dollar medic" episode more. She was pretty much the same as Astoria. Spoiled and annoying to her rescuer whom she became infatuated with. It's interesting how they're bringing in characters from those series with a new twist in these series. That helps bring more

  • 7.5
    fzanca Jul 7, 2024

    This issue i a little scattered with unrelated stories, but I do like the scene between Destro and Cobra Commander where they disagree about how this partnership is going to work. Destro is rightfully displayed as ruthless and I like bringing in the twins early. The mystery of the attack is a nice cliffhanger.

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