Kids of the 80’s rejoice; the original Joe team is back! Now, I should point out that I haven’t read the first 5 volumes of classic Joe put out by IDW. So to all of you out there reading this, you might want to start at the beginning. Unfortunately I did not get that luxury. So, does the classic Joe live up to all the great things I’d heard? Read on and find out.
G.I. Joe Classic Volume 6 collects issues 51-60. All are written by Larry Hama with art handled by Rod Whigham (7 issues) , Ron Wagner (2 issues) and closes with Todd McFarlane. All the art is fantastic and is recolored for this collection. Now I’ll admit that jumping into a story 50 issues deep was a little tough and it took me a couple of issues to get into it and I almost put the book down and said “fuck this shit” but I kept going and I’m glad I did.
Even though the art is great, the real tour de force is the writing. The way Hama handles the vary large and ever expanding cast is amazing, in fact it’s a miracle! The ten issues run the gamut from the intro of new Joes: Law and his dog Order, Lt. Falcon and Chuckles (these three are introduced in the 1987 film), the unmasking of Destro, Cobra Commander, and Snake Eyes, the resurrection of Storm Shadow and the destruction of the Joes secret head quarters; The Pit. But that’s not all, there are a few more surprises throughout that I don’t want to spoil here.
I have to say I was very pleased with this collection and by the time I’d finished, I wanted more. So to all you G.I. Joe fans who have never read any of these collections, get off your ass and get to it, ’cause the Joes have never been better….Yo Joe!