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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

GI Joe and ROMMEL - Guest Review by Chris Yother

I got this email recently from longtime fan Chris Yother a few days ago and thought it was pithy and entertaining enough to post here (with his permission of course.)


Major bummer this weekend!! First, where was my favorite comic guy on Friday? - oh yeah, that's right, had his Irish buddies to hang out with :))) It's cool, hope you guys had a great time.

So, I stopped in this weekend in particular to pick up my last Joe comic from DDP. I did that intentionally. I sat down Saturday morning and read all 12 issues straight through. What an AMAZING series this 12 part adventure turned into!! Couple little things I didn't like but it just rocked!!! The tempo was a bit slow in the beginning - which was good - as I like character involvement and depth but I had a feeling they (DDP) were going to have to speed things up to give us a good conclusion. Smart move on their part to make installment 6 a two parter - that smoothed the story tempo out really well.

There were a lot, I mean A LOT of little subplots which I lost track of when reading the story on a monthly basis - especially around installment 8 or so. But reading it all together brought it all home. It was nice for me, as I have been a fan of the Joe comic since issue six came out (I never saw the first 5 issues on the newsstand rack!!) :)) This story line was to GI Joe fans what I think Civil War was to you Marvel fans - one big "HOAAH" bonanza!!

So, as the final installment was passing into my collective memory of Joe lore, I felt myself becoming really sad - I mean, WHAT HAPPENS NOW?? :)) The reality of me losing the Joes and not having a comic there each month was depressing. Fortunately, Larry Hama will be back with IDW in October. I really dig what they have done with DR WHO Classics so I am hoping this transition will be pretty smooth - still - OCTOBER!! At least that gives me time to catch up on all those war comics I have bought from you guys.

DDP did a wonderful job. It's a Golden time to be a Joe fan with the WW3 story and the 25th anniversary figures and vehicles and a movie due in 2009.

So, not only did I get that enjoyment - I also bought that ROMMEL solitaire game from DVG I saw on your rack. I got it because I cannot get ANYONE to steady commit to wargaming with me, so the solitaire option works perfectly. Anyway, I did Rommel moderately proud - the Axis got rocked but I did OK. Screwed up the rules - it was my first time playing the game, so that was bound to happen - unfortunately, the British forces benefited from it!! :)) Anyway, PLEASE PLEASE preorder me the Alexander the Great Solitaire game they are going to do - I really want that one!!

Hope you had a great 4th - I am!!

Thanks Chris!
So... any other GI JOE fans out there? What did you think?



At 7/11/2008 7:23 AM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

Looks like I might be the only fan :((((

I think I will sit down and read them all again this weekend. The wife is going to NYC with her friends and I am watching the 3 kids by myself.

At 7/14/2008 8:39 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Nah, they're just afraid to post on this blog. You can see their eyes reflecting out there in the darkness, just beyond the campfire light...

At 7/17/2008 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you're not alone. I have been an avid collector of the G.I.Joe comic franchise from the very beginning during the Marvel run. I have collected the Image/Devil's Due comic from the beginning as well, but now since DDP has lost the rights to IDW, I am concerned about the reboot in continuity of the book itself. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens in October.

At 7/19/2008 9:18 PM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

Hey Anonymous-
good to hear another fan on board. I am active on two Joe fan forums and they pretty much echo the same concerns. I think IDW will do just fine (call me an optimist) but yeah, after WW3, this is going to be interesting to see where they take the story. At least Cobra Commander isn't dead...............

So, what did you think of the story?? Who are some of your favorites- I still don't think they did enough with Beachead!! :))

Hey Bill- pretty funny- my verification- comukk!! sound it out.

At 7/21/2008 11:01 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

comukk - That's Mongolian for "comics", right?


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