Comic review: Cobra Civil War: G.I. Joe #7

Cobra Civil War: G.I. Joe #7
IDW Publishing
Street Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Cover price: $3.99

Written by: Chuck Dixon
Pencils: Wil Rosado
Inks: (none credited)
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters: Shawn Lee

Cover A: Tom Feister
Cover B: Wil Rosado, with colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover RI: Trevor Hutchinson

ROLL CALL
G.I. Joe: Flint, Beachhead, Tripwire, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat
Cobra: Baroness, Major Bludd

Two storylines from G.I. Joe #6 involving Baroness and Major Bludd are advanced, and one is wrapped up in a nice, neat little package. There’s little new here – this issue offers a straight continuation of the two plot lines seen last month.

Baroness doesn’t get quite as much play here as she did last month, but she continues to be a solid and compelling character. One Joe makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his teammates from the BAT, and the team eventually has to take drastic measures to eliminate it. The confrontation is a solid action sequence, despite one amazingly cheesy piece of dialogue.

However, the BAT turns out to be so difficult to defeat that it will be a challenge for writer Chuck Dixon to justify using more than one of them in a fight against the Joes at any point in the future for this series; with what it took for the Joes to destroy a single BAT, it’s implausible to think they could defeat several of them without suffering massive casualties.

Bludd’s stalking of the Tuna comes to a conclusion in a nice, neat “Star Trek: The Next Generation”-shaped package, leaving the Joes narrowly escaping and down yet headquarters to Cobra.

Major Bludd’s success in this issue propels him up toward the top of the body count leaderboard, and the capital loss he inflicts upon the Joes is similar to Oda Satori’s destruction of the Pit. Based on the criteria given for the contest so far, he’s now contending for the lead and should be considered a legitimate candidate. We also get a bit more of a look at his sidekick, whom the inside front cover lead for this issue claims is actually named “Error 404.”

However, with two issues to go in the Cobra Civil War before the new commander is revealed in G.I. Joe #8, identifying a leader in the contest remains as difficult as it did eight months ago at the beginning of this event. This issue seems to wrap up Major Bludd’s role as a significant player in the contest; Baroness is still in play, and there are other storylines to advance or tie off in this month’s Snake Eyes #7 and Cobra #7, but there still isn’t a runaway leader in the contest.

Ultimately, this issue forces the storylines of the Baroness and Major Bludd forward, but is largely unspectacular.

Also of note, readers of the series are treated to what are possibly Rock ‘n’ Roll’s first lines in the series, although he did make at least one cameo appearance during Season One.

ART
Wil Rosado is on art duties for the second consecutive issue, continuing his fill-in assignment for series regular Javier Saltares. The art is solid; as was the case last month, he draws a great Baroness, but most of the other characters seem stiff. There’s nothing about it that is bad, necessarily, and it’s still a welcome reprieve from Saltares. What we saw last month on this book is pretty much what we get here as well.

The creative team is the same as last month; Romulo Fajardo, Jr., is on colors (he turns loose a fun lighting effect on the Page 1 splash of the Tuna/Cobra dreadnaught) and Shawn Lee letters.

COVERS
For Cover A, Tom Feister draws the Baroness chained to a jail cell wearing red-soled Christian Louboutin stilettos. Win. Interior artist Wil Rosado provides Cover B, and it seems to be a better fit for the previous issue, or even better, G.I. Joe #5, but it’s a solid image. The intriguing cover is Trevor Hutchinson’s retailer incentive; an airbrushed-look highly stylized shot of Scarlett. On its own it’s highly unusual, but will likely hold up well when displayed side-by-side with the other two retailer incentive covers this month of similar style. IDW’s done some interesting things with the retailer incentive covers lately, and it’s entertaining to see how they continue to push the envelope of what’s expected when you think of a comic book cover.

BODY COUNT
G.I. Joe: as many as 11 (Pokerface; 10 greenshirts) (Total: 46)
Cobra: 1 (BAT) (Total: 88)

CONTEST UPDATE
Major Bludd makes a significant move forward with an indeterminate number of Joes killed; around 10 are seen dying. His body count would therefore increase to 12. You can make an argument that the BAT’s kills are attributed to the Baroness; if that’s the case, she’s up to 12. If these assumptions are correct, Bludd and Baroness would be tied atop the kills leaderboard with 12 apiece. Bludd thinks he has an advantage based on the asset he cost G.I. Joe, but as High Command told him directly, “this contest will not be determined by mere body count.”

PREVIEW
The Terrordrome has a preview of G.I. Joe #7 here.

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