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!
It’s the 7th of Issue of G.I.Joe, and with only one month to go until the reveal of the big winner of the prize that is cobra command, the action is getting hot and heavy. Flint and team Alpha (with Baroness as their prisoner) are pinned down in the heart of Springfield by a Battle Android Trooper. General Hawk, Shipwreck and Company are dealing with a possible tech invasion on the Tuna, courtesy from Error 404, an agent of Major Bludd’s. Will more Joes fall at the hands of Cobra? Will Major Bludd advance in the leadership competition? Knowing is half the battle and all of my review. Read On.
G.I.Joe #7 (Written by Chuck Dixon, Art by Will Rosado)
We pick up the pace in this issue and get right to the meat of the plot. Mainframe and Dialtone have found a string of transmitters laid out throughout the Tuna – a former Cobra sub that G.I.Joe has turned into a mobile base. These transmitters turn out to be worse than just recorders. They actually give Error 404 the ability to take over the ship. This is displayed by the sub getting plunged into deeper waters with pressure increasing and the lower decks filling with water. The Joes have to come up with a plan fast or they will end up in a watery grave. Meanwhile, back in Springfield, Flint, Roadblock, Baroness, an injured Tunnel Rat and a handfull of Joes are holed up in the safe of the local bank, trying to figure a way out alive against the B.A.T. – a feat that Baroness states is impossible as the android was designed as a “last resort” for Cobra and there is no off switch. After a sacrifice made by Poker Face, a Joe who goes toe-to-toe with the B.A.T. with two live grenades in hand, the team is able to seal off the safe and call in a payload to be dropped on the bank and wipe out the robot. Back on the Tuna, after the loss of many Joes who are drowned on the lower decks, Mainframe and Shipwreck manually disconnect the command tower from the body of the sub, sending it to the surface, losing the rest of the vessel to the sea. This was Error 404’s plan all along and after some explaining to Bludd, they are able to show this as a major win to the Leadership counsel – the great loss of Joes and revenge for the capture of the sub. The issue ends with the Major ending up in good standing and the Joes in Springfield being dug out from the aftermath of the bomb drop.
This book was solid from top to bottom. This is the type of storytelling I was hoping for throughout the run of the Civil War. I guess it’s better late then never, right? Dixon does a great job of showcasing both conflicts and knows when to pull away from one story to the next. He leaves everything on the brink of destruction as he jumps to the other set of Joes just to do the same before jumping back. All the major characters get a moment to shine, and Dixon even does a great job at making me care about the “cannon fodder” characters so when they die, it actually means something.
Art by Rosado is also exceptional. He really has a better feel for the characters than his predecessor. The action flows nicely. I have to say that this is probably the best I’ve seen Flint drawn in the comics in a long time. The Colours by Romulo Fajardo Jr. lend themselves nicely aswell.
My only real concern is that they’ve left quite a bit till the end with this story. Next issue of G.I.Joe is suppose to be the big reveal of the winner of the contest which has been quite hard to follow for the most part. Even though all three books that have had plots that have building towards something, the actual leadership competition has been very convoluted on who is actually in the lead. I know this was probably intentional, but a little bit of clarity would be nice.
Overall, this has been the strongest issue of G.I.Joe since the relaunch. I might be confused, but I am still very excited to see who will don the hood, or helmet, or whatever the commander ends up wearing these days. Come back next week to see if there’s any more answers given before the big reveal.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!