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G.I. Joe: Americaís Elite #4

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2005
By: John Hays



Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Stefano Caselli

Publisher: Devil's Due Publishing


While the Joes try to stop several satellites from plummeting to Earth, destroying major cities, Vance Wingfield plots with Destro in an effort to get revenge for past transgressions (or so I gatherÖI am not particularly familiar with the character).

I really like where the G.I. Joe series has been going the last several years, at least what little bits Iíve been able to pick up. Always blending an equal mix of action and intrigue, each issue makes you want to pick up the next one just as the 80s cartoon made you wish next week would get here sooner.

The art in these series is also consistently top notch. I would say that itís like the characters are stepping right out of the cartoon, but I think that would be an insult to the comic artists. This art is more detailed than the cartoon ever was (granted, 80s cartoons probably didnít have the same tools at their disposal). My only complaint is with the cover. While I like the old school style of the art, the image is very misleading, since the story does anything but focus on Snake Eyes and Scarlett.

Another aspect that the cartoons never had was permanent loss of a main character. With Flint having lost Lady J. at the end of the last seriesí run, he has a new edge that makes him a rather roguish character that serves as the Joesí wild card in dangerous situations; much like Snake Eyes has generally done in the past.

Overall itís a good issue in a seemingly great continuation of a great series. I canít wait to see where they go from here.



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