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\r\n G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212
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\nWriter: Larry Hama
\nArtist: SL Gallant
\nInks: Brian Shearer
\nColors: J. Brown
\nLetters: Tom B. Long
\nEditor: Carlos Guzman
\n
\n
\nWell, we\'re finally here. Months after the promotion started, we\'ve
\nfinally reached the "Death of Snake Eyes" story arc. I\'m hoping this
\nisn\'t considered a spoiler at this point, because it\'s plastered all
\nover the book, so it\'s no longer a mystery that it happens, at this
\npoint the story is going to involve how.
\n
\n
\nPro Tip - It doesn\'t happen this issue.
\n
\n
\nI was a bit surprised that we jump right into the action here...last
\nissue we saw a few of the Joes disguising themselves as Cobra
\noperatives (and Red Shadows) and attempting to infiltrate a Cobra
\nbase in Olliestan. As this issue opens, they have started attacking
\nthe base from the inside already, leaving Black Major scrambling as
\nthe Joes drag Red Laser deeper into the base. Outback, Dusty, and
\nThrowdown are getting short on ammo and long on trouble as Cobra
\ntroopers continue pouring down on them. One of those Cobra Troopers
\nis actually a SAW Viper with the colors of a Toxo Viper. I\'m no
\nt
\nsure if that was intentional or not, but it\'s an interesting look.
\nThe three Joes narrowly escape the Cobra base by disguising
\nthemselves as other Cobra Troopers and sliding out in a Shadowtrack,
\nbut as they are getting themselves pulled out of the fire by Bazooka
\nand Cover Girl, the Cobra/Red Shadows super robot begins lifting out
\nof the desert floor.
\n
\n
\nBack in Utah, where Snake Eyes, Stalker, and Scarlett have arrived to
\nkeep watch on Serpentor, Joe and Jane Colton decide to launch their
\nown super robot to combat this Cobra weapon. It blasts from its
\nlaunch bay and is quickly airborne.
\n
\n
\nAs Throwdown reveals himself to be more than a green-shirt G.I. Joe
\nrecruit (actually sporting an Arashikage tattoo), the G.I. Joe
\narmored weapon arrives and takes the fight to the large Cobra robot,
\nwith Serpentor awakening to take the driver\'s seat remotely. But the
\nrobot isn\'t the only thing Serpentor controls, as he appears to be
\nliterally integrated with all of the technology within The Pit,
\nshaking it to its core and sending the Joes scrambling. As the issue
\nends, Snake Eyes goes charging to take on Serpentor, as he stands
\ntriumphant, his cowl back in place, and looking proud.
\n
\n
\nWhile Larry didn\'t touch on the whole giant eyeball in this issue,
\nthere was a hint of science fiction elements, most specifically with
\nthe battle robots, but happily, the core of the story was still
\nmostly grounded. Yes, Throwdown revealed some ninja heritage by
\nhacking through Revanche blue ninjas (does anyone remember when even
\njust one of those things was near-unstoppable? Now Throwdown is
\ndispatching 10 of them without breaking a sweat) but most of the
\ndesert base combat was machine gun to shoulder, and I enjoy that.
\n
\n
\nIt\'s the small things like SL Gallant\'s natural flow of art, showing
\nDusty in the Red Shadow\'s uniform, machine gun propped and ready to
\ntoss gunfire with enemy Cobra soldiers.
\n
\n
\nHowever, this issue was filled with big things, too, and both Gallant and Hama handle the transitions with ease.
\n
\n
\nThe action, as always, flows exceptionally smoothly with dramatic sweeping action, portraying a feeling of threat and motion, and Gallant balances between realism and animation to perfection.
\n
\n
\nThe coloring continues to tell a story as well, from the red shades of the Red Shadows to the vibrant blue and green of the Toxo Viper color schemes, and even the soft glow of florescent lights. It\'s these understated pieces of the comic process that go unappreciated sometimes, but J. Brown does them quite well.
\n
\n
\nAll in all, this feels like the beginning of something big. We have two story robots trading three-ton punches, the Red Shadows, a mysterious Arashikage logo on Throwdown\'s arm, and Serpentor almost single-handedly taking over The Pit.
\n
\n
\nI can\'t help but notice the color scheme for the G.I. Joe giant robot as well and wonder... with the G.I. Joe Collectors\' Club FSS going, could this be a SerpentOR tie in? I know Hama says he doesn\'t think that far ahead, and the armored robot from last issue didn\'t bear any resemblance with the action figure, but you can certainly draw some parallels between what\'s going on here and what went on with DDP and what\'s going on with that particular figure.
\n
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\nAs usual, the issue felt satisfied, but still left me wanting more. I\'m looking forward to 213.
\n
\n
\nAs an aside, the variant covers for this issue are pretty amazing. Adam Riches blows me away with his Cobra themed cover, cramming in countless Cobra operatives and troopers and doing so with amazing accuracy. He pulls from all these different continuities and does so in excellent fashion.
\n
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\nAlso we have a JoeCon 2015 exclusive Jem/Cold Slither cover which looks like a lot of fun as well. I\'ll be on the look out for these in Springfield next week, and it\'ll be great to hear Adam\'s take on crafting this cover.
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    G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212


    Writer: Larry Hama
    Artist: SL Gallant
    Inks: Brian Shearer
    Colors: J. Brown
    Letters: Tom B. Long
    Editor: Carlos Guzman


    Well, we're finally here. Months after the promotion started, we've
    finally reached the "Death of Snake Eyes" story arc. I'm hoping this
    isn't considered a spoiler at this point, because it's plastered all
    over the book, so it's no longer a mystery that it happens, at this
    point the story is going to involve how.


    Pro Tip - It doesn't happen this issue.


    I was a bit surprised that we jump right into the action here...last
    issue we saw a few of the Joes disguising themselves as Cobra
    operatives (and Red Shadows) and attempting to infiltrate a Cobra
    base in Olliestan. As this issue opens, they have started attacking
    the base from the inside already, leaving Black Major scrambling as
    the Joes drag Red Laser deeper into the base. Outback, Dusty, and
    Throwdown are getting short on ammo and long on trouble as Cobra
    troopers continue pouring down on them. One of those Cobra Troopers
    is actually a SAW Viper with the colors of a Toxo Viper. I'm no
    t
    sure if that was intentional or not, but it's an interesting look.
    The three Joes narrowly escape the Cobra base by disguising
    themselves as other Cobra Troopers and sliding out in a Shadowtrack,
    but as they are getting themselves pulled out of the fire by Bazooka
    and Cover Girl, the Cobra/Red Shadows super robot begins lifting out
    of the desert floor.


    Back in Utah, where Snake Eyes, Stalker, and Scarlett have arrived to
    keep watch on Serpentor, Joe and Jane Colton decide to launch their
    own super robot to combat this Cobra weapon. It blasts from its
    launch bay and is quickly airborne.


    As Throwdown reveals himself to be more than a green-shirt G.I. Joe
    recruit (actually sporting an Arashikage tattoo), the G.I. Joe
    armored weapon arrives and takes the fight to the large Cobra robot,
    with Serpentor awakening to take the driver's seat remotely. But the
    robot isn't the only thing Serpentor controls, as he appears to be
    literally integrated with all of the technology within The Pit,
    shaking it to its core and sending the Joes scrambling. As the issue
    ends, Snake Eyes goes charging to take on Serpentor, as he stands
    triumphant, his cowl back in place, and looking proud.


    While Larry didn't touch on the whole giant eyeball in this issue,
    there was a hint of science fiction elements, most specifically with
    the battle robots, but happily, the core of the story was still
    mostly grounded. Yes, Throwdown revealed some ninja heritage by
    hacking through Revanche blue ninjas (does anyone remember when even
    just one of those things was near-unstoppable? Now Throwdown is
    dispatching 10 of them without breaking a sweat) but most of the
    desert base combat was machine gun to shoulder, and I enjoy that.


    It's the small things like SL Gallant's natural flow of art, showing
    Dusty in the Red Shadow's uniform, machine gun propped and ready to
    toss gunfire with enemy Cobra soldiers.


    However, this issue was filled with big things, too, and both Gallant and Hama handle the transitions with ease.


    The action, as always, flows exceptionally smoothly with dramatic sweeping action, portraying a feeling of threat and motion, and Gallant balances between realism and animation to perfection.


    The coloring continues to tell a story as well, from the red shades of the Red Shadows to the vibrant blue and green of the Toxo Viper color schemes, and even the soft glow of florescent lights. It's these understated pieces of the comic process that go unappreciated sometimes, but J. Brown does them quite well.


    All in all, this feels like the beginning of something big. We have two story robots trading three-ton punches, the Red Shadows, a mysterious Arashikage logo on Throwdown's arm, and Serpentor almost single-handedly taking over The Pit.


    I can't help but notice the color scheme for the G.I. Joe giant robot as well and wonder... with the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club FSS going, could this be a SerpentOR tie in? I know Hama says he doesn't think that far ahead, and the armored robot from last issue didn't bear any resemblance with the action figure, but you can certainly draw some parallels between what's going on here and what went on with DDP and what's going on with that particular figure.


    As usual, the issue felt satisfied, but still left me wanting more. I'm looking forward to 213.


    As an aside, the variant covers for this issue are pretty amazing. Adam Riches blows me away with his Cobra themed cover, cramming in countless Cobra operatives and troopers and doing so with amazing accuracy. He pulls from all these different continuities and does so in excellent fashion.


    Also we have a JoeCon 2015 exclusive Jem/Cold Slither cover which looks like a lot of fun as well. I'll be on the look out for these in Springfield next week, and it'll be great to hear Adam's take on crafting this cover.

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