Friday, February 18, 2011
Review: Marvel G2 prequel - G.I. Joe Starring Snake-Eyes and Transformers Generation 2 #140
Once again, it's a lovely cover. Cobra Commander gestures decisively forward, with Megatron flying as directed towards the camera. Speed lines give everything a great sense of forward momentum. Really, the only criticism I have is that we had a very similar (though not quite as nice) cover last issue. Thematically it's hitting the same beats, these two villains working together. I suppose you couldn't use this one last issue, though, as it'd have given away the surprise of Megatron's new design. I almost wonder if this wasn't originally designed as last issue's cover and then shelved for this reason. Aside from that clumsiness, though, it really is quite fantastic.
This issue was a lot weaker than the last one. Much of the plotline that had been building for months, around Cobra's relocation, is abruptly jettisoned in favor of a new location. I don't know the full context, obviously. Maybe Hama was having Cobra get chased around the globe. After all, he had just abandoned his island. Still, it seemed strange to me, dramatically. And for all Cobra's trouble, the Joes track them down IMMEDIATELY. We learn the Cobras have moved, then we learn that the Joes were tipped to this. Awkward, all around.
Also, I'm not keen on the Snake-Eyes focus in the title, especially since he's hardly in the issue. He really was the focus (well, him and Scarlett) from 135-138, but now it seems more like a team book. I prefer team books, but it makes the title rather a misnomer.
Basically, this is a book where seemingly a lot happens but really it's just the status-quo. Scarlett is still in the hospital, the Joes are still on to Cobra, Snake-Eyes is still separated from Scarlett. All the apparent momentum just shifts pieces around the board without changing their relative positions. The big news is that the Autobots are coming, and that Mindbender is alive again. We could have gotten there a lot sooner.
Goin' South has yet to be reprinted, to my knowledge. While it's not the strongest chapter in the Joe/Transformers saga, it's nestled within a fairly strong series of issues and is at least worth a glance-through if you can get it.