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!
In the 8th Issue of G.I.Joe, we finally get the answer to the question “Who’s Cobra Commander Now?” Is it who we expected? And what state are the Joes in after losing a sub and calling down a air strike on Springfield? By the way, has anybody seen Destro? Knowing is half the battle and all of my review. Read On.
G.I.Joe #8 (Written by Chuck Dixon, Art by Will Rosado)
The book begins with G.I.Joe taking in their losses. General Hawk and company lost over a hundred men when the main section of the Tuna (G.I.Joe’s mobile command submarine that was originally a Cobra vessel) sank to the bottom of the ocean. And even though Flint’s squad made it out alive from Springfield, it wasn’t without a cost. As they attempt to transport their prisoner, The Baroness to Fort Baxter, they are once again ambushed. This time it is by Krake, a Cobra in contention for leadership who has not made too many appearances in this storyline. He rescues the Baroness for nothing more than to bring her back to the Cobra Elite to be made a laughing stock. It is then time for the Cobra counsel to choose a winner of the contest that has been going for 2 thirds of the past year. There are 3 candidates that are selected from the competitors. In the end, a choice is made that is shocking. Not because of the audacity of the choice, but because you actually don’t see it coming. The story ends with the victor taking his place as the new Commander and a short epilogue to show what Destro’s been up to.
I am of two minds right now as I write this. The outcome of the book, where it succeeded in throwing me for a curve, made me feel like this was a last minute decision. A lot of the deciding factors are explained through exposition as opposed to points show in previous issues. In a lesser writer’s hands, this would have ruined the book for me. Were it not for well written dialogue and good pacing, I would’ve felt cheated by this ending. Dixon continues to do a great job on the execution of his characters. I especially enjoyed the one-on-one exchanges between both Flint and Hard Drive as well as Baroness and Krake. There is little said here, but you feel what the characters are feeling with an economy of language. Even though I don’t fully agree with the choice for the New Cobra Commander, I am willing to give the character a shot because Dixon has made him an interesting character.
The art in the book is well done, but nothing special. I was especially impressed on the panel layout of this issue. Where Rosado lacks the detail in his art that I have become accustomed to when reading a Joe book, his storytelling is sound and works with Dixon’s pacing.
Overall, while I’m not fully satisfied with this outcome, I did enjoy the issue for the most part. And hey, there’s still an issue of Snake-Eyes and an Issue of Cobra to come out this month. Maybe the Civil War isn’t quite over yet. You never know…..’cause that would be half the…you know where I’m going with this.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!