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The adventures of America's elite soldiers continue in issues #71-80 of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero! Completely remastered and collected into trade paperback for the first time! The adventures of America's elite soldiers continue in issues #71-80 of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero! Completely remastered and collected into trade paperback for the first time!


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The adventures of America's elite soldiers continue in issues #71-80 of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero! Completely remastered and collected into trade paperback for the first time! The adventures of America's elite soldiers continue in issues #71-80 of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero! Completely remastered and collected into trade paperback for the first time!

30 review for Classic G.I. Joe, Volume 8

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This volume collecting issues #71-80 of the original Larry Hama Marvel series picks up with Wild Bill, Crazy Legs, and a handful of Dreadnoks trying to make their way out of Sierra Gordo after crash landing their getaway plane in the jungle. I always enjoyed the stories where the good guys and bad guys were stuck in a situation where they have to work together, because I feel like you get to see different sides of their characters. From there we get an issue introducing the Star Viper, a new sol This volume collecting issues #71-80 of the original Larry Hama Marvel series picks up with Wild Bill, Crazy Legs, and a handful of Dreadnoks trying to make their way out of Sierra Gordo after crash landing their getaway plane in the jungle. I always enjoyed the stories where the good guys and bad guys were stuck in a situation where they have to work together, because I feel like you get to see different sides of their characters. From there we get an issue introducing the Star Viper, a new soldier with hyper-reflexes created by Dr. Mindbender, who pilots the Stiletto jet. The Star Viper infiltrates the GI JOE headquarters to steal a high-tech piece of surveillance equipment. Meanwhile, tensions on Cobra Island are building between Serpentor and the returned Cobra Commander, who is actually a Crimson Guard imposter who shot the real CC in the back two volumes ago. A small team of Joes are sent to Cobra Island to retrieve the stolen equipment, and they happen to find themselves arriving just in time for the budding Cobra Civil War, which was one of the more memorable stories from the original run. Cobra Commander has Baroness, Zartan, and the Dreadnoks on his side while Serpentor commands Dr. Mindbender, Tomax and Xamot and their Crimson Guards, and all of Mindbender's BAT androids. Serpentor convinces the US government to back him against Cobra Commander, so the GI JOE team is sent in to fight alongside one half of Cobra against the other half. Eventually Destro shows up with his Iron Grenadiers to create a third faction adding to the chaos. This was an entertaining story that decided the ruler of Cobra Island once and for all. Then we get a couple issues where Hawk and General Hollingsworth are set up to take the fall for how the operation on Cobra Island went, resulting in the entire JOE team being locked up, save for Roadblock and a few other stragglers who have to come together to save the team. There are a few fun callbacks to the very first issue of the series here. The volume ends with a standalone tale involving the Dreadnoks versus a small group of JOEs (it was fun seeing the two canine officers teaming up), followed by a battle between a small group of new JOE characters (about half of whom I remember) versus a team of Cobras fighting over a new island forming in the Gulf of Mexico due to all the faultline activity that created Cobra Island in the first place. The Cobra Civil War story was quite entertaining, and it's adorable how the Dreadnoks' main vices are chocolate covered donuts and grape soda (this was a kids' book, after all). One of my favorite stories in the volume was the last one with the two small teams duking it out over control over a small piece of territory. It introduced the new JOEs in a much more satisfying way than had been done in the previous waves, with us getting a small team that are all introduced as part of a mission, and we get to focus on them a bit for an entire issue, instead of tossing them into the mix alongside dozens of other more familiar characters. Something about that issue made me recall the earlier issues where there weren't as many characters to keep track of, the focus was on the mission, and it was fun to see how both sides dealt with the challenges imposed by the environment and each other. Also noteworthy is that I think this might be the only volume of the series that doesn't feature Snake-Eyes in a single issue. I do love Snake-Eyes (as does Hama, obviously), but it's nice to see some other characters get a chance to shine for a bit (like Wild Bill!). The art here is a mixed bag, with Ron Wagner's pencils being the most satisfying of the bunch. Marshall Rogers's art is a little too sloppy for my tastes, but thankfully he only did a couple of the issues contained here. This was a fun trip down memory lane I'm glad to have taken. 3.5 STARS

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oneirosophos

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    The Cobra Civil War, which takes up the majority of this trade, is my favorite GI Joe story. It's a wonderful build up that pays off with great action and appearances by a ton of characters. The Cobra Civil War, which takes up the majority of this trade, is my favorite GI Joe story. It's a wonderful build up that pays off with great action and appearances by a ton of characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    The Cobra Civil War becomes a tri-tussle between Cobra Commander (Fred), Serpentor, and Destro, with Destro as usual showing the most honor. The Baroness keeps looking better and better too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Aww, yeah! The original Cobra Civil War! Hawk and Hollingsworth getting framed! Destro getting even more awesome than usual! I love you, GI Joe comics.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume was action packed. The majority of the volume is spent on Cobra Island as Cobra engages in a Civil War with Cobra Commander's forces battling Serpentor's forces with the Joes caught in the middle. Then when it's all said and done, the government tries to burn the Joes and leave them to hang. This was good action and this probably wasn't the last time we'll the Joes hung out to dry. Good stuff. This volume was action packed. The majority of the volume is spent on Cobra Island as Cobra engages in a Civil War with Cobra Commander's forces battling Serpentor's forces with the Joes caught in the middle. Then when it's all said and done, the government tries to burn the Joes and leave them to hang. This was good action and this probably wasn't the last time we'll the Joes hung out to dry. Good stuff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C

    Reread July 2020. Man, the Cobra civil war was so freaking good. It was given time to breathe and what could have been an all-out-action set piece became something more. That said, in my memory the Civil war was sort of the last really massively memorable tale in Hama's pantheon in my opinion. Not that there weren't good issues still to come, but I don't particularly remember any *big* stories after this in the way that I remember this, the Cobra Island creation, Springfield invasion, etcetera... Reread July 2020. Man, the Cobra civil war was so freaking good. It was given time to breathe and what could have been an all-out-action set piece became something more. That said, in my memory the Civil war was sort of the last really massively memorable tale in Hama's pantheon in my opinion. Not that there weren't good issues still to come, but I don't particularly remember any *big* stories after this in the way that I remember this, the Cobra Island creation, Springfield invasion, etcetera... (I'm going to continue rereading these - so we will see if there are other long term stories that hold up.) Fun, fun nostalgia. (and a very much needed escape at this point).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Don

    G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issues 70 - 79. This was a great set. The main story was the Cobra War, which was covered in almost all ten of the issues. It was the most compelling storyline I'd read In a while. I regret not reading these later issues as a kid, they're fantastic. And I've grown to love Destro and his character over this book. Very classy and cool bad guy. Some shocking surprises in these pages... G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issues 70 - 79. This was a great set. The main story was the Cobra War, which was covered in almost all ten of the issues. It was the most compelling storyline I'd read In a while. I regret not reading these later issues as a kid, they're fantastic. And I've grown to love Destro and his character over this book. Very classy and cool bad guy. Some shocking surprises in these pages...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Criscione

    Cobra Civil War.... amazing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    An excellent blend of the comic superhero style storytelling and a military war comics. Huge cast of characters and a great evil villain and organization balances the series well. Very recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Craig Tyler

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Creamer

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Muenchrath

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Sharek

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roger

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  18. 5 out of 5

    patrick leisge

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charles H Berlemann Jr

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Du4

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonny Russell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay Hancock

  24. 4 out of 5

    m1ke

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fogg

  26. 4 out of 5

    J.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt Hensler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Shoemaker

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam

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