Snake Eyes: Deadgame #3 by Rob Liefeld

Snake Eyes: Deadgame #3Snake Eyes: Deadgame #3 by Rob Liefeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Where do you start with this?

With the fact that Bullet Man suddenly appears out of nowhere for no reason?

With the fact that the number of swords Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow have changes from panel to panel with no rhyme or reasons?

With the fact that Japanese Ninja masters are somehow telling their children stories from Norse mythology?

With the fact that nothing in this bat shit insane comic makes any sense?

Still, it’s a lot of fun…

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Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 by Rob Liefeld

Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 by Rob Liefeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not even going to talk about the art, I covered that in my review of #1, you either like it or you don’t.

So, what about the story? Well, if you found it ridiculous in #1, it gets worse in #2. This is baffling. Honestly. And the most baffling thing of all is why Snake Eyes seems to be wearing a second, red version of his costume under his regular black one!

If anything this just serves to make him look even more like Deadpool.

A mysterious, sexy, female character shows up who’s somehow linked to Snake Eyes’ past, because of course she does. And Scarlett chooses not to shoot her in the head for no discernible reason whatsoever. She just lets this mysterious woman walk off with an unconscious Snake Eyes.

Oh, and Storm Shadow shows up, because of course he does…

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #6 by Larry Hama

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #6G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #6 by Larry Hama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off…wow, what a cover! The image of the Joes and the Oktober Guard reflected in Cobra Commander’s helmet is a truly iconic one. That said, it’s also the last panel of the comic, so…you know…spoilers!

The Joes are sent on a mission to Afghanistan to recover a crashed Russian spy plane, and when they land they’re assisted by some local Afghan forces, who have been fighting the Russians. This was 1982, so would have been during the 1979-1989 Soviet War in Afghanistan, during which the Russians were fighting the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. The Americans were arming the Mujahideen at the time, something which is alluded to during this issue when one of the Afghan soldiers asks Stalker to send him some anti-tank guns and ground-to-air missiles. Of course, this makes for strange reading in 2020, as the very Afghans who were fighting the Russians in the Mujahideen in the 80s would end up fighting the Americans in the Taliban in the 21st Century.

Despite the accent, Hama writes the Afghans well, as intelligent, articulate and brave. But this was before Muslims became synonymous with “bad guys” in American culture. Back then the Russians were the enemy, which is exactly what they are here, as the Joes enter pitched battle with the Oktober Guard, their Russian counterparts. That said, judging from this issue, neither the Joes or the Oktober Guard seem very good at their job, as the worst that either team suffers, despite the expending of many bullets, is a burst tyre…which was burst by an arrow.

This story features the one and only appearance of the RTV (Rough Terrain Vehicle), which is on of the ugliest things I have ever seen, and looks like one of the robots from Robotix. I’m not surprised that this was never seen again. The one interesting thing about it being it’s modular, light weight construction, enabling it to be parachuted into the target area in bits and assembled into a fully working vehicle in twenty three minutes. Impressive!

All in all this is a fun story, well written and well drawn, with a twist at the end. That being…as spoiled on the cover…that as the Joes and the Russians fight it out, Cobra show up, out gunning and out manning both teams! What will happen next? I’ll have to get #7 to find out…

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #5 by Larry Hama

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #5G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #5 by Larry Hama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A thoroughly enjoyable romp!

Steeler, Clutch and Breaker are cleaning the Mobat ready for a parade, and Scarlett is less than impressed. But they explain how amazing it is, of course, and that General Flagg intends to include it an upcomign parade to prove to the top brass that it looks like any other tank and that Cobra won’t be able to tell that it’s anything special. Of course Cobra get wind of these plans and attack, leading to a chase through the streets of Manhatten and through Central Park, until our heroes discover that Cobra Commander himself is in Cobra’s secret base…under the parade stand in which all of the top brass are standing!

It’s silly. There are plot holes you could drive…well…a tank through…but it’s fun! Don Perlin’s great art and Larry Hama’s fun script carry the whole absurd episode through with such joy that you never really care that it all intensely silly. Or maybe that’s exactly what’s so good about it?

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