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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 317

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at Mike Costa, Christos Gage and Antonio Fuso’s G.I. Joe Cobra mini-series…


In a lot of ways, G.I. Joe Cobra is to the G.I. Joe universe as Alias was to the Marvel Universe. Now, don’t get me wrong, the current IDW G.I. Joe series has definitely downgraded the colorful costumes of the Joes (they appear almost solely on the covers alone), but still, the book still has a definitive sense of the outlandish (and I don’t mean that in a bad way). While G.I. Joe Cobra is designed to show the seedier, much less glamorous side of the G.I. Joe/Cobra conflict.

Here’s how we meet our hero, the undercover operative known as Chuckles…

And later, we meet his handler…

As you can see, the comic is definitely going for a vibe similar to that of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Sleeper, and they’re succeeding very nicely.

This is a grim comic. Even the technology is grim…

But Chuckles is a compelling lead, and the story surrounding him is intriguing, as he gets deeper and deeper into Cobra…

Fuso’s artwork is very impressive – he is a strong storyteller and he keeps the book’s mood continuously bleak, but the characters remain expressive – we can feel their reaction to the bleakness around them.

As the book goes on, things get even darker than they began, but I will allow you to discover that yourself…the comic is available in trade paperback.


In case anyone didn’t pick this up, the last panel of page 19 (Chuckles and Jinx kissing in the alley, in silhouette with garbage falling around them) is an homage to one of the greatest images in film history, from Sid & Nancy (Alex Cox, 1986).

Here’s the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yss3YR-PHrk&feature=related

“one of the greatest images in film history”

A bit much, I’d say…

This series was a great series, and it ran entirely too short. More Chuckles, I say.


This series came back as an ongoing. The second Chuckles story arc is out as a TPB soon, and the third Chuckles story starts this Wednesday in Cobra #10.

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