Michael Hopkins here with another G.I. Joe comic review.
Let’s start by saying this was not a favorite of mine. Here’re my reasons: I’m not sure how I get great art and storylines in one book, then I read another, and it leaves me feeling unsatisfied. Let’s start with the artwork: a lot of black lines, a lack of character definition, overly shadowed panels, plus there’s a sub sandwich that, for a moment, I couldn’t even tell what it was. I want to know what they are eating as well as see facial expressions – not dark lines and bland faces.
The story, based around Cobra’s Firefly and G.I. Joe’s, Cameleon, left me uninterested and unfulfilled. In place of any action, we get instead a lot of talking about why Firefly allowed the Joes to take him. Then, right in the middle of the story , they jump back to why Firefly was being questioned by the Joes. Frankly, even that lacked luster with what little action there was. I expected so much more and was sorely disappointed with what I got, especially from Costa . He is a better writer than that. I’ve read a lot of his work, and this is, by far, his worst.
In closing, I give Cobra # 16 one YO JOE of three! With a story that lacked depth and blotchy artwork, I was left feeling unsatisfied, feeling that the creative team was in a hurry and just threw this together to get it out on time.
Though you can find it at your local comic shops, it’s not one I recommend adding to your collection.