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 5th issue of G.I.Joe has hit the stands and with the death of Vikrim Khallikhan Team Foxtrot has returned to Ramstein Base in Germany. But will Snake-Eyes be ready for his next mission – to save the life of Duke who is slowly dying from designer bug from the Cobra labs? And what is the fate of Alpine, who was in a pretty bad way back on the Himalayas? Knowing is half the battle and all of my review. Read On.

Snake Eyes #4 (Written By: Chuck Dixon, Art By: Alberto Muriel)

The story begins with Snake-Eyes and Helix kidnapping one Mr. Dieter Stossel, Vice President for Ray-Pharm Limited, a drug company that Cobra has used to distribute a virus strain that has been released in Kariba, Zimbabwe, and has also infected Duke, who is slowly dying. After a little coaxing from the silent ninja’s blade, Dieter gives the information he has on a Dr. Rodrigo Vargas, the man who designed the virus. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, tensions rise as those who have been infected begin to riot in the streets. A side effect from the virus is that those infected sucumb to an overpowering rage that causes erratic behavior. The riot leads the surrounding military forces to resort to using rubber bullets and tear gas to control the crowds. We then are introduced to Dr. Vargas, who watches the news reports out of Zimbabwe with great interest. The doctor is a deadly threat, as seen by the way he handles an undercover Vevak agent. After a quick update on Alpine’s condition and a look how the UN is resorting to drastic measure to try and contain the virus, we check in on Duke, whose convinced the Doc to pump him with antibiotics and give him a containment suit so he and Snake-Eyes can try to hunt down Vargas. Doc reluctantly agrees and Team Foxtrot is back in the field. Just as they take off on the mission, Doc finds out too late about the emotional effects of the virus.

Of the three books that came out this past months, this is by far the strongest, which has been something of a trend for this title. Dixon doesn’t skimp on story the way he did with the most recent issue of G.I.Joe. Vargas looks to be an even bigger prick than Khallikhan. Duke and Alpine have their moments, and Snake-Eyes is as strong as ever. The problem with this issue lies in the art. The usually great line-work of Atkins is surely missed as the curse of the fill-in artist continues. Alberto’s art looks rushed and is very hard to get past. Like I said previously, I’d rather wait and get the art I’m expecting than get the book right away with lesser work.

But where the art is amiss, the story makes up for it. I am looking forward to see what’s going to happen with Duke and the confrontation with Vargas. This book continues to deliver, art not withstanding. Keep reading Snake-Eyes. And if you’re not reading Snake-Eyes, what’re you waiting for?

And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

Snake-Eyes #5 - This Atkins Cover made me miss him on Interiors.