Though I know the prospects of drastic changes of the DDP comic are merely rumors at this point, I thought I would share with you my optimistic take on a new continuity. I was a huge fan of the Marvel Series, and I have enjoyed the Devil Due series as well. However, I can think of five great reasons why I would like to see the main series get a new continuity.
#1- Give the fans a climatic conclusion to the war between Joe & Cobra
Though I love the way Hama wrapped things up in issue #155, the Marvel Series ended too abruptly. I would love to see a final battle that ended Cobra once and for all.
#2- Eliminate the ridiculous plot developments of the later years in Marvel series
We would all be able to forget about the Transformers, Mindbender’s clone, brainwashing limbo, etc.
#3- Revive the Snake Eyes/ Storm Shadow Story
I am as big a fan of this saga as the next guy, but I think it would benefit from a re-imagining with a more logical reason for them being on opposite sides of the war. I am not advocating a drastic departure from the Hama story, but many fans would like a return to a time when Snake Eyes’s face and Storm Shadow’s motives were still a mystery.
#4- Addresses the “age issue.”
#5 –Allows for consolidation of character roles & personalities
Character roles and personalities have always been confused due to the different portrayals in the comics, cartoon, and toyline. The Hawk of the comics (82-84) is really the Duke of cartoons (84-86), Flint of the comics (85-87) is in many ways the Lt. Falcon of the movie (87), and Clutch of the comics (82-86) is in many ways the Shipwreck of the cartoon (85-87). In the later issues of the Marvel Series & in the DDP Series, the writers have tried to merge these personalities together. I think a new continuity for the main series would benefit from having a clear sense of each character’s personality and traits.
Unlike the Reloaded Series, I would like to see a new continuity begin will an established team of 25 Joes fighting a semi-established Cobra threat.
GI Joe would ultimately be commanded by General Hawk (former squad captain of a black ops team consisting of Stalker, Snake-Eyes, Tommy Arashikage, Wade Collins, etc.), field commanded by Duke (hybrid of comic Hawk/ Cartoon Duke), and divided into an Alpha Team (led by Stalker), Bravo Team (led by Flint), and Support Team.
Six members would make up Alpha & Bravo teams, each consisting of the five necessary specialists of special operations teams. (weapons/ communications/ demolitions or engineer/ medic/ intelligence). The Support Team would consist of mechanized infantry, armor, fixed wing, rotary wing, naval forces & terrain specialits.
My picks would be:
Alpha Team (Stalker, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Rock-N-Roll, Spirit, Gung-Ho)
Bravo Team (Flint, Beachhead, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Dial-Tone, Tunnel Rat)
(Only minor adjustment to certain character’s military specialties would be necessary to make this work.)
Support Team (Wild Bill, Ace or Slipstream, Clutch, Cover Girl (Always thought it was an original idea to have a former fashion model in charge of a tank), Shipwreck, Torpedo, Snow Job, Dusty, Survivalist Character, Computer Character)
The new continuity could play up tension between the cockiness of Flint and the no-nonsense approach of Beachhead, actually spend pages developing the relationships between both Flint & Lady Jaye and Snake Eyes & Scarlett, and update Stalker/SE/SS’s Vietnam experience into a modern war on terror experience.
Just my 2 cents.