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G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes Declassified #4

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2005
By: John Hays



Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Artist: Emiliano Santalucia

Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing


While Snake Eyes advances in his training, Tommy regresses in his. Meanwhile, an old friend plots the downfall of Snake Eyes, with no regard to those around him. Those sent to kill Snake Eyes, however, start to falter in their mission, much to the chagrin of their employer.

This mini series just doesn’t miss a beat. In this issue, the roles of Snake Eyes and Tommy have actually reversed, in that Snake Eyes is finding true harmony while Tommy is growing more agitated by the day. While Snake Eyes is moving closer to eventually taking over the clan, Tommy is moving himself closer to the door out. Plus, all of the people sent to kill Snake Eyes are being converted by the ways of the Arashikage clan. (By the way, the identity of one of the assasins is a great surprise!)

The art is top notch, as always. Images of particular note would be Snake Eyes seeing his own reflection in the sword and…oh man…that two page spread splitting Tommy and Snake Eyes down the middle into one combined image. That HAS to be made into a poster!

This is just a great story, and it’s not slowing down one iota. Each issue moves the story along, while revealing new and shocking surprises, causing the reader to eagerly await the next issue. My only complaint is the simple fact that it is a mini series and must end!



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