I was rereading GI Joe #0 and it occurred to me that a reason I found myself enjoying all three previews for GI Joe/GI Joe Origins & GI Joe Cobra, was the simple fact that all 3 stories were dead serious in their presentation.
I hope Messrs. Ryall, Schmidt, Hama, Dixon & Gage will make it so throughout the entire runs of all 3 series. I appreciate it very much.
In fact, I hope IDW makes the new GI Joe books a cross between the Marvel Knights line & DC's Mature Readers series. After all, IDW isn't tied down to the toyline and there's no real cartoon series-and Resolute sure isn't as campy & puerile as much of the 1980s/90s cartoons were. So why not go all out in the comic?
Keeping GI Joe serious in tone has been done before. John Ney Rieber, Chuck Dixon, Joe Casey & Mark Powers' initial Sins of the Mother proves it. I hope the editors DX & 86 immediately any story that has humourous overtones or tales that devolve into comedy as it progresses.
Making GI Joe a serious book would have the ff. advantages:
1)It would be a real break from the Marvel/DDP days. As fond as I am of Larry's military expertise, I am vexed by his adding doses of laughs. Take GI Joe #34. It was very good until that last page w/Lady J & the Baroness ranting. (see also Brian Sinclair's comments in GI Joe #38's postbox: The Pit); or DDP's GI Joe Frontline #18. Instead of retiring the series well, DDP opted to spoof the characters. To be honest, FL #18 was DDP's worst. It was disgusting (a puking dog?!? that 'tard gal annoying Roadblock? "spoons?!?" ) In fact, if you think I find Jerwa's run the nadir of DDP, think again-it was FL #18 & the infamous & uneeded PETs story. Marvel's GI Joe Spec. Missions #24 is another example. As good as the base premise was, it shouldn't have devolved into a comedy. Then there's Larry's Dreadnoks tales.
2)GI Joe works best when its stories are told seriously. Given its premise (Anti-Terorist Warfare, Espionage, Spec Ops) , it really should never have strayed into comedic situations ever. I guess one other reason I liked it when Colton ran the team- he was a serious CO. Ditto Phil Rey, in fact.
(To be fair to DDP, while a lot of its stories had serious premises, its dipping into the cartoon well diluted their impact. As tense as Homecoming was, for example, adding the Viper was uncalled for, or seeing Hector Ramirez. Then there are Shipwreck's lousty attempts for laughs: "So, do we go hunting for a Ninja?; Keep Polly outta this.", etc.)
3)Having IDW present GI Joe as a Mature Readers book would allow it to deal with any subject relevant to GI Joe regardless how sensitive it may be. So you'll have to present your ID. Fine. DC's Green Arrow #s 4-5 in late '87 , for examplehad Ollie Queen deal with AIDS and gays. No reader who wrote in was offended; they understood what Mike Grell was trying to put through.
In the GI Joeverse-regarding how much freedom HASBRO allows IDW, we can have the Joes deal with The War on Terror (what does Joe Colton or Hawk feel about the way the US deals with it? Could it have been done better? Is the GI Joe Team the ultimate solution to deal with terrorism?) Or how does Duke feel about "Collateral Damage" or friendly fire incidents?" or if the Joes are given a dirty mission -say, assassinate a terrorist leader- what does , say, Shooter or Low Light would feel about it.
Stuff like that.
So, what do you think?
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