, i like gi joe because of its ongoing soap opera.remember the original run's issues 12-19? even the majority of issues that followed. they had scene changes about every page. subplots galore and a lot actually happened. jmm said it better than i ever could over on the reloaded boards. i have copied his words below to sum up my feelings on the current direction of style the regular joe title seems to have taken.
i hope he doesn't mind.
Today, it seems like an issue of every comic is a small segment of a bigger story, almost always. And the issues rely much more on art, emphasizing it with bigger panels and less dialogue. The length of time it takes to read an old Joe issue from Marvel is maybe twice what a story is today. But again, with the bigger emphasis on splash page kind of art, less of a story appears because less is fit onto a page. The 80s comics have many panels that would seem tiny in today's comics.
I've been going over many of the Marvel series recently and there's a lot of story and dialogue in a single issue, and all very complex. Two or three plotlines are often going at once, and when you reach the end, you actually feel as if you've read a complete story, even if it's continued in the next issue. I do like the current series, but how many issues have the Joes been fighting Destro's robots? Sure, it gives us a more play-by-play telling of the battle, but I still think it's a lot quicker read. Not saying it's bad. Just different. I do think that some of the early DDP stories suffered due to the story arc style of writing. Like how the Joes spent 4 issues fighting that single BAT in Chicago.
Cobra is the allegorical " transparent administration" that has already won the war. They control the media- education- public opinion- the very govt. Itself. G.I. Joe is theatre and cannot win a p.c. battle lost years ago. Ask mainframe.