My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is good stuff but the series clearly hasn’t found its stride yet. The plot feels very basic, as Hawk, Grunt and Snake Eyes infiltrate a militia group that’s being supplied by Cobra. Their plan is to trigger a global nuclear conflict by dropping a nuclear bomb on Vladivostok, and if that fails to detonate the nuclear device buried under their camp in Montana…killing themselves in the process, and the wives and children of all their recruits.
While GI Joe obviously celebrates the US military, this book does draw a clear distinction between that and the camps of gun loving crazies dotted throughout the American countryside. During the briefing scene someone asks, “Hawk, you want us to go in, take away their guns…and spank them?” Clearly GI Joe have no problem with taking guns away from “patriotic” citizens just exercising their second amendment rights. It made me chuckle.
But, yeah, this is good but not great, and there’s a distinct lack of Cobra, who are merely backing this group but have no direct involvement with them. I’m definitely itching to get to the kind of stories that I read reprinted in the UK Action Force comic…