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REVIEW: G.I. Joe: ARAH #285


REVIEW: G.I. Joe: ARAH #285

Book Title: G.I. Joe: ARAH #285

Book Description: After a search that began in the Middle East and took the Joes all over Southeast Asia, they have finally located the secret hideout of Al Kawbra. A team of 7 specialists is making their way through the jungle for an assault on the base.

When they find it it appears deserted. There are no thermal signatures in the lookout towers or anywhere else, for that matter. Muskrat makes a charge to draw out any lurkers.

There are plenty of lurkers waiting. The base is guarded by Cobra Battle Android Troopers (B.A.T.s). These mechanical menaces are the perfect soldiers because they have no fear and blindly follow orders. Right now their orders are to eliminate the Joes.

Perfect soldiers or not, they’re no match for grenade launchers. The Joes dispatch the B.A.T.s and infiltrate the base. Al Kawbra has to show the Cobra troops he’s still boss and shoots a Techno Viper for questioning his command decisions.

Al Kawbra and Overkill have a tussle regarding who gets to be on the helicopter that will allow an escape. Al Kawbra learns that he can’t fly without motorized assistance when Overkill throws him out of the helicopter.

Then we get to see the showdown this story arc has been building up to: Al Kawbra against Sherlock! Al Kawbra gets a couple punches in while trash talking about how he took Sherlock’s arm in the last fight. Then Sherlock displays the power of her prosthetic arm and knocks him out cold.

Book Author: Larry Hama

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing

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Illustrator: Andrew Lee Griffith

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #285 is an intense, fast-paced issue. It wraps up this story arc quite nicely. It will be interesting to see if we learn anything from Al Kawbra’s impending interrogation. I was thrilled to see an issue that focused on the B.A.T.s so much. They were among my favorite Cobra soldiers. The detail on them was incredible. Hopefully, we will see them more in future issues. The cover is a timeless classic that contains a lot of our favorite Joes from over the years. Its Only detraction is that it is not relevant to the story. We don’t see most of the characters from the cover in this book. As a geek on a budget, I would say that this issue is worth every penny. Between all of the action and the promise of more great things to come make it a must-buy for any G.I Joe fan!

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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