Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 4:35am CDT

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GI JOE #5 Review


Previous:
Seeming sorcerer supreme Crystal Ball and the always destructive Dreadnoks have been causing trouble. The Joe team has been infiltrating different cults and anarchic organizations investigating how the growing world anarchy events tie together, and if they involve dire wraiths, Rom, Cybertronians, or *GASP* the rise of Cobra again. Now the Joe team has taken Crystal Ball prisoner, but only after he seems to have magically unleashed some nasty creatures from under the Earth.

This Issue:
The Joe team, which also consists of Decepticon Seeker Skywarp, attempts to learn more about the monsters and to drive them back to where they came from before they can do some serious damage. Skywarp, luckily, is about the size of these menaces, so he’s getting more front line action. Rock ’N Roll’s guilt becomes the focus for Crystal Ball, Doc faces her heritage, and Scarlett shares a big secret with Roadblock, who shares it with someone else…

Brought to you by these hard working creative types:
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The Art:
As you’ve probably noticed if you own the issue, or have taken a look at the preview, the art takes center stage here, with artist Aaron Conley along with colorist Lovern Kindzierski taking over the duties for the issue over regular Giannis Milonogiannis. Milonogiannis' style has been something for a reader to get used to, as it’s pretty different than what has been done in the past -much more stylized, but still fairly realistic.

With Conley in, we get something even more stylized, and perhaps maybe even more jolting to Joe readers. Conley’s style seems to be inspired by Christopher McCullough’s animated show, ‘The Venture Brothers’. This style may feel more jarring to some, others may welcome the change, or the reference to the show’s style. It seems very stylized and un-realistic, but GI JOE has become much less realistic and much more SCI FI as of late as it intertwines with the HASBROverse’s aliens, robots, and other properties. It’s also only a one off mission, so Giannis will be returning next issue, although Conley will still continue to do covers and other IDW series.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
Didn't know Brock Sampson was on GI JOE too, did ya'?

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
And it's Roadblock's birthday. Time for cake!
Yay!



My take (GI JOE fan):
There’s a lot for a GI JOE fan to like. It’s nice to see some underutilized characters appearing, like Stretcher, and to see that the book’s cast will not only be the small group that we were initially introduced to. The addition of Skywarp, and the push towards much heavier sci-finess may be too much at the moment, especially with the art, but this new Joe mag is still trying to figure out where it fits within the HASBROverse -as its Crown Jewel.

There’s some heavy humanity as Doc wrestles with her and her dad’s alien history, some downright creepiness with Crystal Ball’s sorcery and interactions with Rock N’ Roll, and moral and humane lines involving prisoners. These are balanced off with some silliness as the good guys' banter- which even Skywarp seems to be learning to enjoy. With the giant inner-Earth creatures being the more violent form of Sunbow’s old favorite Fatal Fluffies (albeit much bigger), it’s overall a fun issue. The art to me betrays some of the serious feelings incumbent in the issue. Is it what Joe fans really like? I’ll have to ask some… but this Joe fan is mostly tolerating it, albeit willing to continue to give it a chance.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
In the show, cute turned into...

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
...RWOARRRRR!!!!!!!

My take (Transformers fan):
If I were a big Skywarp fan, I know I would have to tune in much more to this book. This issue contains probably the most we’ve seen of the bot in a long time. He’s almost fully operational, but does not currently seem to be able to teleport. His addition to this team as the only Transformer, and one pushed into being an ally mostly against his will, seems awkward for him-true to his previous character. You can tell he’s not a fan of humans - still bearing the same smugness and holier-than-thou attitude toward the ‘insects’- but he seems like he ’s beginning to feel somewhat better about his predicament- less of a prisoner.

He seems to have some grudging respect for a few members of the team, and plays nicely with most of the rest. He also seems like he’d like to jet (pun intended) at the first opportunity - or does he? At this point, he does not seem to do much reflection on the past, or his relationships with the Decepticons and seems almost content in his new role.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
You can tell, Skywarp does really like them. They're still alive.

One wonders if more interaction with the other Cybertronians is in his future (how can it not be?)… will he at some point have to confront Thundercracker? Will he be willing to escape if given the opportunity? Where would he turn if he did — Starscream and Cybertron?

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Final:
I cringe somewhat when asked to do GI JOE-related reviews. I feel like I represent a fandom that I do not know that well anymore. I’m such a Sunbow cartoon GI JOE fan first, and that’s where most of my love for the franchise came from. I apologize if I ever misrepresent any GI JOE group. Like Transformers fans, Joe fans have their passionate and yet different kinds of fan cliques.

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
The right of might...wow!

I hope Joe fans are giving this comic a try. I’m fairly certain it won’t be a ‘purist’s’ (GI Joe geewunner) first choice, but it may provide enough so far to garner some interest and possible support to see in what direction it’s headed. The spread of Joe throughout the different HASBROverse books is new, and maybe exciting, with Zartan and Cobra showing up in MASK, Joes in Optimus Prime and Rom, and Revolutionaries playing around the edges of Transformers, Joe and Adventure Team history; it seems to be a fun time to be a fan of several franchises.

And, like I said above, if you’re a Skywarp fan, it looks like it’s time to start paying attention…

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU)
...they can't keep you in this comic as the only Transformer forever!

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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1882476)
Posted by ebonyleopard on May 17th, 2017 @ 9:04pm CDT
I'm sorry. I want to take GI Joe series, I really looking forward to it, but this is ridiculous. I know the artist are working hard on this, I truly do. Illustrating comics myself I know how much time goes into every single page. BUT, this work is not "Crown Jewel" Worthy. And until they take that moniker seriously with some serious looking art, I just can't buy this. How can they get ROM so right and JOE so wrong?
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1894096)
Posted by Va'al on July 3rd, 2017 @ 7:07pm CDT
Also out this week with IDW Publishing, and we keep talking about it just enough to cover our bases thanks to Skywarp, is issue #7 of the new GI Joe ongoing comics series! With the regular creative team back together, check out a full preview of the issue below.

G.I. JOE #7
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
G.I. Joe's subterranean mission takes a turn for the worse after the team is attacked by one of their own! Meanwhile, back in their underground base, Scarlett's command is challenged and a long-simmering rivalry boils to a head! Plus: Monsters, explosions, jokes and more in The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro universe!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Ed Luce variant cover!


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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1894384)
Posted by ScottyP on July 4th, 2017 @ 10:26pm CDT
I figured it out.


It's Skywarp.


Skywarp is TCJotHU.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897284)
Posted by Va'al on July 18th, 2017 @ 4:47am CDT
Out this week from IDW Publishing, alongside Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor, is another of the soon-to-come-to-an-end-series from the Hasbro Universe, now in its eighth issue: Mobile Armor Strike Kommand (with a K)! Check out a full preview of the book below, as Ore-13, Mount St Helen, and several other parts of the shared lore are mentioned or used in the plot..!

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8
Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
Determined to end the threat of Ore-13 radiation poisoning, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team go on a mission into the depths of the Earth where they discover much more than they could have imagined—a race of powerful mutated creatures borne from the strange Cybertronian energy source. Are these monsters too powerful even for the technology of M.A.S.K.?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
All-new storyline starts here!
Variant cover by Marcelo Perez Dalannays!


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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897294)
Posted by Rated X on July 18th, 2017 @ 6:16am CDT
I have got nothing against Mask. I had the motercycle and sidecar submarine
toy as a kid. But on the other hand, why is this even posted? It is nothing to do with Transformers. Is this site going the route of Hascon? Will it soon become the Hasbro fan site?
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897296)
Posted by Big Grim on July 18th, 2017 @ 6:36am CDT
Rated X wrote:I had the motercycle and sidecar submarine toy as a kid.

That was the Pirana with Sly Rax and Stilleto.

Rated X wrote:It is nothing to do with Transformers.

You mean other than Ore-13? The synthetic Energon that was there at the start of IDW's Transformers comic? And is a foundation to the shared Universe in which the Transformers now exist?
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897297)
Posted by Kurona on July 18th, 2017 @ 6:36am CDT
Rated X wrote:I have got nothing against Mask. I had the motercycle and sidecar submarine
toy as a kid. But on the other hand, why is this even posted? It is nothing to do with Transformers. Is this site going the route of Hascon? Will it soon become the Hasbro fan site?

It's got quite a bit to do with Transformers due to sharing a universe with them in IDW -- especially this issue. From the preview alone you can see it involves Ore-13 and Mt. St. Helens, both concepts originating from and tied to Transformers.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897299)
Posted by Burn on July 18th, 2017 @ 6:42am CDT
Just ignore him. He's just being his usual stuck-in-the-80's self that has to criticise this site on a regular basis. >:oP
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897308)
Posted by RiddlerJ on July 18th, 2017 @ 8:14am CDT
I haven't been keeping up on things but are those meant to be Inhumanoids?
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897310)
Posted by Rated X on July 18th, 2017 @ 8:34am CDT
Burn wrote:Just ignore him. He's just being his usual stuck-in-the-80's self that has to criticise this site on a regular basis. >:oP


I could...but I wont. :-$

Check your PM. ;)^
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897312)
Posted by Kurona on July 18th, 2017 @ 8:40am CDT
RiddlerJ wrote:I haven't been keeping up on things but are those meant to be Inhumanoids?

I think. They've been hinting at Visionaries for a bit now; mostly keeping it to GI Joe but now it's seemingly leaking into MASK. It kind of irritates me because it's another example of the Hasbro universe properties moving way too fast for their own good and shoving in crossovers and even more franchises everywhere rather than taking the time to develop their own unique identities.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897334)
Posted by Va'al on July 18th, 2017 @ 9:23am CDT
Also out this week from IDW Publishing, in terms of more Hasbro Universe books, is the first collected volume of the new GI Joe book - The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe in fact, as they call it - featuring Transformers character Skywarp as part of the team! Full preview below, though we have seen the pages previously of course.

G.I. JOE, Vol. 1
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)
G.I. JOE finds a new role in a world of globalization, TRANSFORMERS and aliens! After the events of REVOLUTION, the G.I. JOE team returns to the fray and their mission has become a global one–leading the charge against invading TRANSFORMERS and other aliens. But when a US military defense base goes dark, Scarlett has reason to suspect that these enemy forces may have infiltrated G.I. JOE. It's up to her, Roadblock, Rock 'n Roll, Quick Kick, Wild Bill, and Shipwreck to move in and root out any traitors before the facility falls into the wrong hands! Collects issues #1–4 and the G.I. JOE: Revolution one-shot.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-913-4

Bullet points:
It's a new look and new mission as G.I. Joe finds itself part of a larger battle.
Advance solicited for July release!


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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897391)
Posted by ScottyP on July 18th, 2017 @ 12:49pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
RiddlerJ wrote:I haven't been keeping up on things but are those meant to be Inhumanoids?

I think. They've been hinting at Visionaries for a bit now; mostly keeping it to GI Joe but now it's seemingly leaking into MASK. It kind of irritates me because it's another example of the Hasbro universe properties moving way too fast for their own good and shoving in crossovers and even more franchises everywhere rather than taking the time to develop their own unique identities.
What I thought was an Inhumanoids tease in GI Joe just turned out to be Fatal Fluffies, so not sure anymore. Maybe with Marvel doing Inhumans as a focus they backed off so as not to appear too copy-cat? Just speculating.

For your latter points, yes. Dead on. Some of these books are hitting their stride just in time to end.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1897453)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on July 18th, 2017 @ 3:22pm CDT
MASK never hit a stride. It fell face first at the start and every time it tries to get up it somehow digs itself deeper.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1898609)
Posted by Va'al on July 22nd, 2017 @ 3:17am CDT
Via the usual iTunes channels, we now have a three-page preview of the upcoming second issue of the Hasbro Heros Sourcebook - the first issue can be seen here - featuring another story (featuring a DOUBLEDECKER BUS TRANSFORMER), profiles, more papercraft and more from across the shared Hasbro Universe! Check it out below.

If you’re new to the Hasbro Universe or a long-time fan, this book is for you! Featuring a veritable TON of bios on your favorite characters, from E to O, plus papercraft projects, a map of Metrotitan, the current base of Optimus Prime, and an exclusive story featuring Kup and Bryce Chan’s adventures in London!


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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1898681)
Posted by Microraptor on July 22nd, 2017 @ 11:20am CDT
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time a character exclusive to the RID comic adaptions has been adapted to another continuity.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1898682)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 22nd, 2017 @ 11:21am CDT
Microraptor wrote:If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time a character exclusive to the RID comic adaptions has been adapted to another continuity.
Beast Wars: Uprising transplanted a ton of RID 2015-original characters.
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1901228)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on August 1st, 2017 @ 11:18am CDT
Full previews for issues #2 and #3 of the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook are out now.
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #2 Preview: http://www.comiccrusaders.com/exclusive ... rcebook-2/
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #3 Preview: http://www.cbr.com/hasbro-heroes-sourcebook-3/
Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1901244)
Posted by Kurona on August 1st, 2017 @ 12:24pm CDT
Thanks to fellow board member Daniel Adkins, as he's just provided us with links to previews for the upcoming Hasbro Heroes Sourcebooks -- issues #2 and #3! Put up on the websites Comic Crusaders and Comic Book Resources respectively, most of the profiles shown here do feature characters from franchises like G.I. Joe and Micronauts; but rest assured, our favourite Cybertronians do have their own bios within these pages. Also of note is that like Issue #1, Issue #2 has a mini-comic as previewed here; but Issue #3 unfortunately seems to not follow suit. Nevertheless, take a look at the previews below and tell us what you think in the forums!

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And here's Sourcebook 3's preview!

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Re: Review of IDW G.I. Joe #5 (#TCJHU) (1904981)
Posted by ScottyP on August 17th, 2017 @ 7:57pm CDT
Another preview for an August 30th Hasbro Universe comics release from IDW Publishing is now available on iTunes, this one being for GI Joe #8. While it doesn't feature any Skywarp, the driver of our coverage of The Crown Jewel Of The Hasbro Universe, that's ok because we're pretty sure that would render the ninja fight/"sparring contest" between Quick Kick and Snake Eyes seen in the pages below a rather pointless affair. Enjoy the preview and look for this issue at your local comic shop in about two weeks' time.

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