Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artwork: Dan Schoening
Colours: Luis Antonio Delgado
Lettering: Neil Uyetake
Release Date: 16th February 2022
Set for release this week, G.I. Joe: Saturday Morning Adventures takes a lighthearted, cartoony look at the iconic Hasbro franchise. Just how cartoony are we talking? Well, let’s just say that this first issue is based around Cobra Commander getting his grubby mitts on Aladin’s lamp and using the first of his three wishes to create a battalion of super-sized giant B.A.T.s.
Thankfully, the creative team behind this new four-part miniseries is the very same crew who helped breathe endless life into IDW’s hugely popular Ghostbusters series, and Burnham, Schoening and Delgado waste little time in injecting the same level of charm, humour and flat-out fun into the proceedings here.
Burnham captures the slightly camp, tongue in cheek tone of the classic cartoon rather well, from the gruff, matter of fact Duke to the over-the-top, hissing Cobra Commander and all the colourful cast of characters in between. Similarly, Schoening and Delgado combine to deliver a pretty much note perfect recreation of the animated series, a fact which helps to provide the bulk of the endearing nostalgia here – at least for this particular reader.
Okay, so the plot is more than a little silly, but it never pretends to be anything else, and sometimes all you really need is a colourful dose of larger than life fun from your monthly comic books. Oh, and for those who are interested, the team also manage to throw in a brilliantly relevant “…and knowing is half the battle!” moment to close things out.
Full disclosure, I was never really the biggest G.I. Joe cartoon fan growing up (loved the toys though), but watching this creative team sprinkle a little of their Ghostbusters fairy dust onto this classic franchise is a real treat. This is definitely a series I’m going to be sticking with for the next three issues.
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