Home > Devil's Due Publishing > G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2001 Series) #35

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2001 Series) #35

November 8, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Bad Moon Rising Part Two

The battle you’ve been waiting for – Snake-Eyes versus Wraith!

Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Pencils: Tim Seeley
Backgrounds: Jason Millet
Inks: Cory Hamscher
Colors: Brett R. Smith
Letters: Dreamer Design
Editor: Mark Powers
Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Sunder Raj
Publisher: Devil’s Due

Perhaps it’s because the book is still coming down from a really spectacular, Earth-shattering storyline, but the two-part “Bad moon rising” hasn’t quite lived up to the best of Brandon Jerwa’s work on G.I. Joe. Once Destro’s new operative Wraith was introduced a few minutes ago, we were told he was tough and skilled and basically cool, but we didn’t have a real chance to see him in action until this issue, when he takes on Snake-Eyes. It’s a well-done fight scene, but a pretty standard one, a scene that seems to be included mostly for the purpose of convincing us how tough Wraith is. One of the best things of the last story arc, the return of General Colton (the original G.I. Joe) is barely touched upon this issue.

There’s more plot in this issue, of course – Destro gets a major shock at the end of the issue, but the best scene is a conversation the bedridden, paralyzed Hawk has with Kamakura, and even that is somewhat clichéd. The victim lashes out at the world – it’s realistic, yes, but it’s still something we’ve seen many a time before.

Seeley, Millet and Hamscher continue to score very high marks on the art side. The comic looks consistently clean, the fights are well-choreographed and the explosions and conflagrations come together beautifully. Quieter scenes, like Hawk in the hospital, look just as good. They may not be action-packed, but they are necessary to give the story weight, and the art team keeps them from getting dull. Colorist Brett Smith deserves major credit too – his work goes a long way towards establishing mood

This two-issue arc seems more like it was in place to tidy up a couple of things from the last arc and establish a few things for the next arc. It does its job, but it doesn’t really pop the way G.I. Joe usually does. This story just wasn’t meaty enough.

Rating: 7/10

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