Cobra Civil War: Snake Eyes #6
Street Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Cover price: $3.99
Cover A: Robert Atkins, with colors by Simon Gough
Cover B: Agustin Padilla, with colors by Simon Gough
Cover RI: Robert Atkins, with colors by Mark Roberts
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Pencils: Casey Maloney
Inks: Juan Castro
Colors: Simon Gough and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Snake Eyes #6 focuses entirely Vargas’ Kariba retro-virus, and primarily on the mission by Duke and Snake Eyes to track down Vargas and find a cure. A four-page prologue shows another example of how deadly the virus can be, but the bulk of this issue is the battle surrounding Duke and Snake Eyes’ infiltration of Vargas’ base in Italy.
Rightly guessing Vargas would likely not just willingly give up the antidote, Duke decides to give Vargas a compelling reason to give it to him.
The cliffhanger for this issue features a character we haven’t seen in comic-book form since G.I. Joe #19, from January 1984, sporting an interesting new look.
Snake Eyes #6 is an action packed issue, but doesn’t do much beyond move Vargas from point A to point B and get Duke a step or two closer to a cure for the retro-virus. The cliffhanger is where things get interesting with this issue; Snake Eyes’ relationship to this new player in Marvel’s series is one still talked about today, despite the fact that it spanned less than 20 issues of the classic series and the character hasn’t been seen in G.I. Joe media in some 18 and a half years. Hopefully this reappearance is the start of a meaningful role for this character in IDW’s universe.
Casey Maloney takes over penciling duties, giving Snake Eyes its third different penciller in as many issues. He has done work for IDW in the past, including 2009’s four-issue “Rise of Cobra” movie adaptation mini-series.
Some things are awesome – upside-down airborne Snake Eyes on page 6. Some things are strange – Page 7 shows a posed Snake Eyes with some guys falling down behind him, and we can guess what happened to them. But the panel feels like an ’80s ninja movie pose, where people are dying everywhere but there isn’t really a clear indication why or how. It’s just a “good guy enters, bad guys die” scenario. And some things are just plain bad – the first panel on page 17 is newspaper comic-strip stuff.
Two things that were great to see — appearances by an honest-to-goodness helmet-and-bandana-mask Cobra Officer, and Vipers with the action figure’s helmet.
In general, though, this is a tough issue to look at, and it gives a whole new level of appreciation for the work Robert Atkins did on the first four issues.
Typical trio of covers for this issue; Robert Atkins on Cover A and Agustin Padilla on Cover B, with Atkins providing the retailer incentive – another of IDW’s tribute covers.
Not much to say about the covers that hasn’t been a repeat of this group’s work on previous months’ covers. Atkins’ Cover A is surprisingly probably the least interesting of the three; it’s a straight-forward shot of Snake Eyes diving toward the camera; the textures that colorist Simon Gough adds to the background are the most interesting thing about it. Padilla’s Cover B is awesome; it’s dirtier, darker and more detailed than the A cover. For the first time in a few months, the B cover is just a nice posed shot of Snake Eyes rather than an alternate view of some event from inside the issue.
Atkin’s retailer-incentive cover is another tribute to “Crisis on Infinite Earths” #5 / “Uncanny X-Men” #136, continuing the theme started on G.I. Joe #6. Rather than a straight homage, Atkins changes things up a bit here and comes up with a significantly different image. He’s got a lengthy look at the process for this cover up at his Blogspot blog.
G.I. Joe: 0 (Total: 35)
Cobra: 11 (3 CCTV-room operators in Vargas’ base; 8 randoms killed by Lighthorse via helicopter) (Total: 87)
No Joes killed; Satori and Baroness tied for body-count lead with 11.