|07-09-2009, 07:37 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Chuckles' role as a deep undercover agent with Cobra was explored as well back during the DD run (don't remember which issues).
This mini-series was phenomenal. Not only is it centered around a character that has gained sort of a cult following within the Joe-verse, but the writing is absolutely splendid. I was stoked when I first saw that it carried a Parental Advisory warning on the cover, but it paid off even moreso in regards to the more mature plot and writing. Costa and Gage didn't pull any punches when it came to the unabashed violence and sexual content, and the result was a fantastic read that was wholly believable and fascinatingly interesting and entertaining.
Call me slow, but I was surprised when it turned out to be the CG Twins. Yeah, I kept thinking that the guardsmen looked quite similar to the CG, but for some reason never put 2 and 2 together. And it was an awesome touch showing how Xamot got his scar!
Erika's last scene pushes me towards not believing that she's the Baroness--least not the Baroness we're all familiar with. The Baroness is a cold ruthless b**** who wouldn't hesitate to shoot some flunky in order to cap ol' Chuckles. And by Erika NOT shooting Semyon, it seemed to exhibit a desire to NOT kill Chuckles. Perhaps she grew more fond of him than we were led to believe. Again, this would not be in Baroness' character.
On topic of art: I can't say that Fuso's style is all that great, but I do think it was perfect for this story arc. It had a somewhat "noir-ish" feeling that accompanied the equally noir-ish writing superbly. I thought he did a great job on the eyes of the characters. They never seemed to be staring off into space, or away from a proper focal point. Emotion was properly conveyed through both the eyes and body language that a lot of artists fail to achieve. I was impressed.
I am impressed...by the whole dang story. One of the very best Joe stories ever written, in my opinion. THIS is how G.I. Joe should be written--gritty, witty, appropriately violent (yes, people die), a classy sense of sexuality and provocateur without pandering to the adolescent, and an overall sense of danger and real-world threats.
I more excited about what IDW has to offer through G.I. Joe than I've been about this venerated title.
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