G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files

by Mike Costa, Antonio Fuso (Artist)
Digital EditionRead September 9, 2013

Original Release Date: September 17, 2013

Length: 104 pages

Official Description:

Her name is Chameleon – and she used to be a COBRA agent. Now she’s made her way into the G.I. JOE team – the honest way. But even with the best of intentions, does she have what it takes to fight on the side of the angels? Flint thinks she does, and he’s willing to gamble the lives of his teammates on her.

My Take:

As we saw in G.I. Joe Homefront the direction of the franchise has changed. Some love it, some hate it, I don’t care either way honestly, change is often good. The Cobra Files is very character driven, we see less clichéd “YO Joe” yelling, which is fine with me because that always seemed silly and we see more of the internal dialogue of Chameleon. Chameleon swapped sides, she used to be Cobra, now she’s a Joe and trying to gain the trust of her new team, some are easier to gain the trust of than others, but really at this point it seems most everyone trusts her and those who don’t probably can’t be trusted themselves. There seems to be a lot going on under the radar, a lot of deception in the Joe team. This particular team doesn’t follow the main group with Duke, Covergirl, etc. that we saw in Homefront, and the Joe people have done this on purpose, though we do briefly run into Duke. I actually can’t wait to read the next one, mostly because they have laid the groundwork for so much subterfuge. I like the darker more intimate side of the Joe’s, I am not a huge fan of the art, but I like that the women aren’t dressed scantily or dressed to show off their assets. Of course the feminist side of me comes out when artist draw half-naked women fighting, because a) not classy and b) not practical. So kuddos for the artist on drawing a ‘realistic’ depiction of females. This is worth checking out, but if you’re expecting tons of action then you’ll be disappointed, granted there is some, but it’s minute, this is a great character driven story.

* I did receive this book for free for an honest review!

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