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REVIEW: GI Joe Origins #1


REVIEW: GI Joe Origins #1

Book Title: GI JOE ORIGINS #1

Book Description: This book is a complication book so I am going to break the review down in chapters.

GI Joe: One Word The opening of this chapter starts off as an after action report, detailing who was there and what the objective is. Which is to board a cargo vessel crewed by foreign nationals to prevent arms from being smuggled into the United States, and what happens in the process.

GI Joe: In or Out This chapter is interview of an officer who has been through hell and back, speaking to some one named Hawk about what he just survived. They discuss what the officer did on his last tour and discuss what would become his new life. As the discussion continues Hawk indicates this is classified as the officer being spoken to has been reported as killed in action and is given a new name, “Duke”.

GI Joe: Deep Cover This chapter tells the story of some one struggling with a self identity and goes into a little detail about what they have done, as they wait for a contact to show up. Eventually meeting more then one set of contacts in the process.

Book Author: Multiple

Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing

Publisher Logo:

Illustrator: Multiple

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s I recall when GI Joes appeared on the airwaves, playing with the toys in the yard, and being envious of anyone who had the play sets.  But one thing that was never really addressed in the cartoons was the origin stories.  It was a well established team that had already existed.  This book dives into that a little bit it. “One Word” is a first mission story and the other two are origin stories.  All are great stories and deserve to be told.  But I like the origin stories more than the mission story, just because I enjoy the background aspect the origin stories provided.  I look forward to reading more!

This particular book actually have several covers, all are well done.  But a few are a little deceptive, highlighting characters that maybe associated with the unit, but are not mentioned in these chapters.  Another centers on “Duke” but only once chapter actually centers on him.  That in itself can be miss leading, expecting the reader to pick up the book based on mere name and cover appearance alone.  

The internal artwork is excellent!  The details the artwork conveys in each chapter is done differently but fits the story it portrays nicely giving the feeling of immersion into what is going on.  It enhances the issue and aids in the storytelling, bringing visual excitement to a good story.

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Until next time!

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s I grew up as an eclectic geek, a fact that still holds true today. I grew up watching all the classic cartoons of the 80's and had many an adventures with the toys that went with. Played tabletop RPG's and still enjoy computer gaming as adulting allows. On top of making time to read comics, and spend time with family and friends.

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