Review: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #173

The Joes square off in a tank battle with the former October Guard. Stormshadow and Snake Eyes investigate the mysterious Blue Ninja Clan. And Sneak Peek grapples with his mother’s Alzheimer’s. As compared to Cobra #8, this book has better pacing. We are brought into some intense situations only to have the comic jump away at just the right time and leaving us on the edge of our seats. There’s also more of a military influence giving this a genuine combat feel.

GIJOE_RealAmericanHero173coverThe problem? Someone needs to edit down the crippling amount of dialogue. Please, go knock on the door of the team that does Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters to see how to condense character chat to what really needs to be said.

The art is sufficient, but just that. There are some nice shots of tanks that are detailed and impressive. Some of the characters looked a tad cartoonish for the nature of this book.

Overall, I would recommend picking up this book over the Cobra series.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Larry Hama Artist: Ron Wagner, Wil Rosado, And S L Gallant Inker: Brian Shearer Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Letterer: Shawn Lee Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99