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Classic G.I. Joe, Vol. 5 Paperback – August 6, 2013
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Larry Hama is an American comic book writer, artist, actor, and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. He is best known to American comic book readers as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing, where he writes the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, based on the Hasbro toyline. He has also written for the Marvel comic series Wolverine, Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and Elektra.
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Like the other Volumes in this series, the pages are glossy and the stories are beautifully reproduced with amazing colour and detail. Highly recommended as a continuation of your Classic GI Joe collection.
Issue 41: Strategic Diplomacy- A continuation of a story from the previous volume. This story establishes Cobra Island as a new country run by Cobra and giving the terrorist group international recognition and legitimacy. Great opener for a new volume.
Issue 42: Ties that Bind- A somewhat confusing issue that attempts to jump between 5 different threads of the larger GI Joe story. However necessary these updates are for continuing the overall story, they make this particular issue very disjointed.
Issue 43: Crossroads- This issue concludes some of the threads from the last issue.
Issue 44: Improvisation on a Theme- A good stand alone issue where Cobra tests a new weapon on new GI Joe recruits while their on a training exercise. However, there are a few tpographical errors where Dr Mindbender is mistakenly called Dr Brainwave.
Issue 45: In Search of Candy- Two threads stand out in this issue. Rip Cord infiltrates Cobra Island in search of his girlfriend, Candy and Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow discover who killed their Hard Master. It all leads to Cobra Island.
Issue 46: Who's Who on Cobra Island- I really enjoyed this issue. The Joes invading Cobra Island to rescue Rip Cord, Zartan pretending to be Rip Cord, Hawk becoming Chief Commander of GI Joe, and Snake Eyes fighting alongside Storm Shadow...awesome.
Issue 47: Sea Duel- A sea battle off Cobra Island between Cobra and GI Joe. Snake Eyes kills a shark and Storm Shadow is killed.
Issue 48: Slaughter- Zartan infiltrates The Pit and Rip Cord, dressed as Zartan, discovers the Cobra Base at Springfield. General Hawk is ordered not to touch Cobra Island and Sgt. Slaughter joins the team.
Issue 49: Serpentor- Rip Cord reveals the location of the Cobra Base at Springfield to the GI Joe team and Hawk organises a massive assault. Meanwhile, Destro, The Baroness and Dr. Mindbender create Serpentor, a warrior containing genetic material from over ten historical warrior figures.
Issue 50: The Battle of Springfield- The GI Joe team launch their assault upon Springfield as its Cobra population evacuates to Cobra Island under the leadership of Destro.
This is an excellent transition in the series. It begins with a blast, a tidal wave & the creation of Cobra Island- a newly sovereign state! The G.I. Joe team wastes no time trying to correct this with a direct assault, yet it's called off for legal reasons. They're not allowed to attack a member of the international community(!). Yes, Cobra Island is quickly made an official country, with diplomatic immunities, tax shelters, printed money, import duties, etc. Meanwhile we find out the real identity of the man named "Fred", and Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow discover who really killed their beloved teacher, which brings them to set out on a mission of vengeance. Many new characters are introduced here: Scrap-Iron, Crank-Case, Airtight, Bazooka, Heavy Metal, Dr. Brainwave a.k.a. Dr. Mindbender, Quick-Kick, Alpine, Beach-Head, Wet-Suit, Sgt. Slaughter, Lift-Ticket, Slipstream, Leatherneck, and the newly created Serpentor! Some of these characters are introduced to us while training in the desert near Las Vegas. And around Cobra Island, Snake Eyes fights sharks with a knife, Baroness empties her pistol into Storm Shadow(!), and Zartan pulls a fast one that brings him right to G.I. Joe headquarters. This volume then depicts a full-scale attack on Springfield, and finishes with the Dreadnoks' surprise meeting of Zartan's sister Zarana.
I love everything about this paperback- art, characters, stories & writing. Mike Zeck's covers are brilliant, and the J. Scott Campbell covers for the trades are a great selling point as well.
Volume 5 collects issues 41 to 50 issues that have the creation of Cobra Island, a battle in the Cobra-front town of Springfield, the birth of Serpantor and Snake Eyes fighting sharks with a katana. Basically everything you could want in a GI Joe book. Art is by Rod Whigham who manages to draw faces, action scenes and Hasbro's latest toy with equal skill. After some of the previous issues (where we could see 4 artists on one book) he is very welcome!
The quality of reproduction is also very good with none of the problems that show up in later IDW books. I'd say this is the place to start if you're looking to see why this series is still loved today.
My one quibble is the book omits a back-up story from issue 50 where the Joes must retake a hijacked plane. Maybe it will be included in the upcoming 'Special Missions' book.