Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1 by Rob Liefeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
You know, I like Rob Liefeld, his enthusiasm for comics is infectious and his art style was, in the 90s, what punk rock was to prog rock in the 70s. Namely, a breath of fresh air. In the past thirty years he’s learned to recruit excellent inkers and colourists to make up for his artistic shortcomings, and while the art is far from technically perfect, there’s no denying it’s a very pretty book…assuming you like that 90s aesthetic. Snake Eyes seems so perfectly designed to play to Liefeld’s artistic strengths you’d be forgiven for thinking he was one of his creations.
Okay, that’s enough about the art, what about the plot? Well, what about it? It’s absolutely ludicrous, of course. Liefeld teams Snake Eyes up with Scarlett, Roadblock and the original GI Joe himself, Joe Colton (because of course he does) to fight an ancient evil that’s a legend amongst the Arashikage clan (because of course he does).
Look, this comic definitely doesn’t deserve the four and five star reviews that other people are giving it, but it’s really not bad. It’s fun, it’s stupid, it’s drawn by Rob Liefeld and it has Snake Eyes in it. It’s very much a case of it does it exactly what it says on the tin.