Book Title: G.I. Joe: ARAH - Saturday Morning Adventures #3
Book Description: Cobra Commander has become master of a genie and has used two wishes in his quest for world domination. He had the genie create five giant sized Battle Android Troopers. Cobra Commander utilized them to clean out the gold reserves of countries around the world. Duke has been captured by Cobra and taken to their secret base. He finds himself back in Cobra Commander’s gladiator arena. It’s just like the one in “Slave to the Cobra Master” from the early episodes of the animated series. Last time he faced off against Ramar for Cobra Commander and Destro’s entertainment. This time he’s on the fight card with a Fatal Fluffy! While this is taking place Scarlet and Mainframe have managed to triangulate the location of Cobra’s secret base. With this information the Joe team launches a full scale assault on the base. Cobra’s defenses meet them head on with a squad led by Storm Shadow and Firefly. During the battle Cobra Commander decided to make his final wish.
Book Author: Erik Burnham
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing
Illustrator: Dan Schoening
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Mr. Burnham is hitting all the right nostalgic notes while giving us this story. I was surprised when we saw Duke back in the gladiator arena. Surprise was no longer adequate when the Fatal Fluffy appeared. This was better than seeing Darth Maul’s lightsaber had two blades! I was ecstatic.
The Fatal Fluffiest were in the “Pyramid of Darkness” story arc in the animated series. They were cute furry fur balls that turned into giant flame throwing monsters when a whistle was blown. Cobra used them to take over Space Station Delta.
As it so happened, those were the first five episodes I ever saw. I was so enthralled I went into the woods near my house and built my own “cubes”. It worked! There was no electricity in those five acres. The fact that the area was almost completely undeveloped was lost on nine year old me. Shortly after that I bought my first comic book (“G.I. Joe” #46) and never looked back.
The writing feels like it came straight from the animated series. The team of Schoening and Delgado on the artwork completes this sentimental journey. Every character is a match with what we saw in the 80’s. It was great to see a fight between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes!
As a geek on a budget I’m here to tell you this is a must read series for G.I. Joe fans that loved the cartoons. We are continuing to get Easter Eggs that remind us of everything we loved about the show, as well as plenty of action with the new storyline.
Now you know…. And knowing is half the battle.
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