Review: No Heroes Or Villains In ‘G.I. Joe #5’

by Benjamin Hall

The regular cover by artist Chris Evenhuis (who also does the interior art) features more of a focus on experimenting with colors than the retailer incentive variant cover. This is mainly due to how the brighter hues are disconnecting around the character Jinx’s eyes. Though it is different enough that it should catch at least one buyer’s attention. The retailer incentive cover features the character Stalker in a somewhat similar pose to Jinx’s, but with more of a sense of danger from Cobra. Also colorist Brittany Peer (who does the interior colors as well) enhances the dynamic work of artist Ryan Kelly with the use of pinkish hues against mostly solid black.

The lettering is expertly done by letterer Neil Uyetake, especially due to his careful use of thicker word balloons in select locations in order to add more weight to dialogue, though Uyetake also uses standard bolding to emphasize words. As for the interior colors by Peer, we get a much better display of skill via a wider palette. This greater range of colors varies with the needs of scenes and their respective timeframe. Evenhuis’s interior art greatly benefits from Peer’s coloring in the area of facial expressions. Specifically the eyes of characters are almost similar to real world individuals, particularly when one thinks about the old saying regarding eyes, windows, and souls. Though this is not to discount the consistency or brilliance of Evenhuis’s design work.

This issue’s script by writer Paul Allor gives more of an unusual view of the titular organization G.I. Joe by focusing both on social commentary and action. Allor goes about this in a way that suggests there may not be any true heroes or villains in this series. Whether or not Allor can keep this high quality mix of intriguing commentary, realistic dialogue, and believable action for each future issue is the question. Whatever the case publisher IDW should do whatever is necessary to keep both this series and its creative team going as things are. Finally, readers who are looking for refreshing and realistic takes on old franchises should give this series a chance.

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