Cobra Commander is Dead. Long Live Cobra Commander!
One question : Who the hell is Cobra Commander now?
That’s the main question that surrounds the G.I.Joe relaunch from IDW Press. We’re deep in the midst of “COBRA CIVIL WAR”. No, this isn’t a fight between Destro and the Baroness on the superhero registration act. This is a contest between the Elite of Cobra Command on who will lead the terrorist organization going forward. The rules: Whoever kills the most Joes wins!
The 6th Issue of Cobra brings us more from the life of everybody’s favorite mole, Steeler. He’s a person of interest in the death of Breaker (the other Cobra mole – ya know, for a top-notch max-securtiy special missions force, G.I.Joe has its fair share of double agents) and Chameleon and Firewall are keeping an eye on him. In the meantime, his reports continue to Major Bludd, who is trying to keep a high profile in the leadership competition. He is currently in the presence of Tomax, another leadership candidate, as they fly cross continental on Tomax’s private jet. Will Steeler be caught for his murderous ways? Will Major Bludd leave him out in the cold when he’s no longer of use? Will Bludd and Tomax tip their hands to one another and lose the high ground in this cloak and dagger competition? Knowing is half the battle and all of my review. Read On.
Cobra #4 (Written by Mike Costa ; Art by Werther Dell’Edera)
Well, here we are back once again for another issue of Cobra. After putting out books back to back last month, it’s now felt like almost 2 months have passed since we saw our favorite snakes bickering with one-another. But now another chapter has been delivered and what it brings is……more of the same. We begin with our standard “I’ll never be…” speech by one of the central characters. This time it’s by Steeler who claims he’ll never be G.I.Joe. we get a quick origin on how he came to be with the Joe team and find out that Cobra had a hand in orchestrating his involvement with the elite special missions force. He feels where Cobra has rewarded him for his efforts, G.I.Joe sees him as just another soldier. In his attempts to gain more info for Major Bludd, Steeler unwittingly sets off a security alarm by bringing a Cobra recording device into a restricted area. After trying to talk his way out of the situation, Steeler does what comes best for him. We then cut to Chameleon and Firewall investigating the quarters where another suicide has taken place. Just so happens that the victim, sitting in his bathtub and covered in blood, is the same technician that Steeler was just talking to. The room is sloppy and the evidence that this was actually a cover-up kill is all over the place. Firewall cannot stand that 2 deaths have happened on her base while she’s in charge. She orders full lock-down and puts a soldier on Chameleon for protection while she tries to solve the case. Enter a fan favorite character making her IDW debut to play the role of bodyguard. I won’t give up which character, but let’s just say that she’s quite a lady. Meanwhile, on board Tomax’s plane, Bludd and the lone twin are trying to play mind games with each other. Tomax knows that Bludd has a man on the inside. Bludd admits nothing and taunts him with the fact that he’s far behind him and the rest of the leadership candidates, so why bother getting involved. What is later revealed is that Tomax is about to have a gift dropped in his lap. This gift is coming courtesy of Blacklight. If you’ve read this column regularly, the name might not ring a bell. I haven’t mentioned him since my review of issue #1. He’s a sniper that Baroness left out in the cold when after the mission in Panama. He’s made small appearances each issue, slowly making his way back to U.S. soil. No more than a few panels in each book. Well, now he’s back, he’s ready to shoot and Tomax is the man he’s willing to shoot for. He’s got a target and is waiting for Tomax’s say so.
Story wise, this moved slowly, until the last few pages where it really picked up steam. What makes this book interesting is the characterizations. Steeler is running scared and trying to hide it. Bludd is in over his head….and trying to hide it. Firewall is pissed she’s lost control of her own base and is letting everybody know. The short banter between Chameleon and her new bodyguard is pretty good. The only problem with this book is that in 22 pages, the only real pieces that move along the plot happened in the first few pages and the last few pages. There was a great deal of filler in between. Entertaining filler, but filler all the same. There’s only 6 issues left in the Cobra Civil War storyline and only 2 of those issues are the Cobra title. As everyone who reads these columns know, I have been following all 3 books regularly. I have no idea who’s in the lead in the leadership competition. I keep wondering when the hell Destro is going to show up. My main problem with this book is that it’s not answering any of my questions and it’s leaving A LOT for the final issues.
Dell’edera’s art is growing on me. I feel that the look and mood of Cobra was captured in this issue. The cover by David Williams was great. That kind of gets to me though. When the cover art is what you want, the interiors will never meet your expectations.
With only 2 months left for Cobra Civil War, it’s still surprisingly anybody’s ball game. Costa’s bringing me great characters. He’s just not doing enough with them. Stay tuned as the shit hits the fan near the end of this thing…..I hope.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!