COMIC TITLE: G.I. Joe: Deviations #1 (2016)
Paul Allor– Writer
March 23, 2016
Besides Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was always G.I. Joe. I used to watch the show religiously as I made my poor mother buy me G.I. Joe figures constantly. I watched and watched as the villains an army of ruthless people known as Cobra failed time and time again to defeat our heroes G.I. Joe. IDW Publishing has been putting out G.I. Joe comics for quite some time as well as Transformers, TMNT, and even Ghostbusters. Back in January of 2016, the company decided to do an five week even called Deviations which was a one off comic that explored opposite scenarios than the norm. The issue I am reading for today is the G.I. Joe Deviations One Shot that was written by Paul Allor (The Uncanny Inhumans) and illustrated by Corey Lewis (X-Men: Nation X). Imagine a world where G.I. Joe finally falls under the hand of Cobra Commander and ask yourself what kind of world would that be? It’s the exact situation that we are faced with in this comic as Cobra takes over the world and creates the Cobra World Order. Everything is running smoothly, but it’s not quite what Cobra Commander expected as he begins to fall bored with all of it.
I am going to be completely honest in saying this, but I was not a huge fan of the artwork in this comic. I understand that this was just a fun one off comic that IDW decided to green light, but I thought the artwork could have been better. It’s a definite deal breaker for me as far as deciding on whether to continue if there were more issues or not. It’s not terrible artwork, it’s just I am a traditionalist to how I feel they should look on paper and this reminds me of what if they were an adult swim cartoon instead. I definitely loved the story because it was funny to see a man who was so desperate to defeat the G.I. Joes at any cost that he is unhappy with the way things turned out. He doesn’t enjoy the fact that Destro had to step back and be a stay at home dad. Cobra doesn’t like the fact that everything runs perfectly and more efficient under their rule. Those are some of the amazing details of what you can expect in this comic and I give a lot of kudos to Paul Allor on that cause you can tell he is a fan. Check out the brilliance for sure on this comic and be sure to check out more from Paul Allor and his work on G.I. Joe. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+