ER wrote:Btw, we first see Storm Shadow with a gun in #24
Ah, good catch! I forgot all about him assembling the sniper rifle before Gung Ho "bloops" the tree out from under him. Thanks for the correction.
G.I. Joe #57: "Strange Bedfellows"
I wanted to like this issue a lot more than I did. For one thing, it was nice to see Flash on the first page again. It was nice to see Destro display his often-spoken-of sense of honor in working with the Joes and not betraying them at the first opportunity. More than that, though, it was really great to see the Joes working alongside British S.A.S. I wish this partnership had come up earlier; in fact, I wish some of the earlier Joe characters were either S.A.S. or at least trained with them. (I kind of figure Scarlett had S.A.S. training, and I thought it would make sense for the arctic fighters like Snow Job, Alpine, Iceberg and Frostbite to maybe have cross trained with the Royal Marines.
But with all these elements to like, this story has never held my interest. I've never liked the Flint/Lady Jaye pair as much as they were featured, and the impostor Destro turning out to be Major Bludd was just dumb.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #4: "No Holds Barred"
Lifeline is another contradiction where I like the philosophy of the non-combatant medic but struggle to see his place on an elite military task force. Larry does as good a job as he can to make the character sensible, and the reveal that Lifeline is a master of Aikido
was a nice touch.
I never liked Leatherneck as much as Gung Ho. The Leatherneck in the cartoon was annoying, and the toy had bizarrely slim, almost feminine legs. In this issue, he plays the buffoon that doesn't understand Lifeline's value until the medic has to save him (multiple times). However, Leatherneck also had some great bits of action in this. Him grabbing the RPG and shooting the Oktober Guard's HIND-D while in freefall was badass (compared to when Roadblock does it to a commercial 747 jet in issue #154).
I love the ambush that the Oktober Guard sets for the Joes. It seems like between the Yearbooks and Special Missions
, Larry really got to flesh out the OG, so much that I enjoyed them a lot more than the high court of Cobra during this era of the comics. Colonel Brekhov became one of my favorite recurring characters
and he has a few great moments in this issue, like when he tells Daina that the Joes would continue their mission even if all of them were wounded and dying.
G.I. Joe #58: "Desperate Moves"
I distinctly remember getting three Joe action figures from the 1987 line at the same time, but I can't remember if it was my birthday or Easter or something else. I got a rectangular clothing box from Marshall Fields and opened to discover my older brother and pranked me and put three new Joes inside. Tunnel Rat, Gung Ho (the dress blues version), and a Cobra with a crazy blue and silver uniform.
Who is this?
I asked, dumbfounded, even though I could read the name on the package. That's Cobra Commander,
my brother said, the new one.
I stared at the jagged silver armored plating, and asked, Are you sure...?
I thought the design was crazy, but kind of cool, but it didn't feel like Cobra Commander to me. I was likewise disappointed in the Gung Ho figure. One of my favorite characters, but seriously, what was I supposed to do with him?
After I started reading the comics, I grew to think of that version of CC as the Fred VII version, not the real Cobra Commander I knew. I don't like him in the uniform in these issues. When Billy wakes from his coma with apparent amnesia and this terrifying robot monster grabs him and says, "I'm your father!" If I were Billy, I would never, ever stop screaming!
I liked the story with Dusty and Mainframe in the desert; in fact, I really like these two characters as a team for some reason. I agree with what Mamu
said about Larry expressing some of his thoughts about the nature of "fighting men" and the misconception of them amongst some people. I also grew to like Rashid, and liked it even more when he came back in the later issues with a new appreciation for computers. Overall, a solid issue.