G.I. Joe: Deviations One Shot Review

G.I. Joe: Deviations One Shot
Writer: Paul Allor
Artist: Corey Lewis
Letters: Gilberto Lazcano
Publisher: IDW

IDW continues Deviations by turning its attention to one of the most successful action figures and popular animated TV-series of the 1980’s, G.I. Joe.  Deviations is IDW’s take on Marvels “What If” series and explores some of peoples favorite franchises if a game changing twist to an essential plot point were to take place.  In G.I. Joe: Deviations, writer Paul Allor answers the question of what if Cobra were to defeat G.I. Joe and take over the world?  What is there left to do for Cobra once they achieve their goals?  Are they happy or unhappy with the life of brining order rather then trying to disrupt it?

Well it turns out that being the responsible political leaders of Earth is boring and it was much more fun for Cobra to break the rules rather then create and enforce them.  The plot of this one shot is extremely reminiscent of the DreamWorks animated movie, “Megamind”.  Where as now that the villain has taken over they become bored and hatch a plan to make them the bad guy once again.

The fun of this comic is just seeing these villainous characters in bureaucratic roles.  Dr. Mindbender is in charge of Health and Human Services, Destro shows concerns over the Education Department, and Tomax and Xamot talk telecommunications infrastructure problems.  Even if one is not familiar with these characters, as I am, they’d still be able to find humor in all these characters with villainous sounding names in these roles.  Most of the humor in this issue hits but some of them are nothing but failed gags.

A cartoonish style approach is taken here, art wise and while it’s the right decision to meet the tone of the book it unfortunately fails to look good.  It’s hard to make out the character and set designs throughout the majority of the book and it comes off a sloppily sketched together.  The colors don’t help either as the focal point is not in focus, the foreground blends into the background.  Its color palette is not all that pleasant to look at either, it comes off as ugly and bring soreness to the eyes.

Final Verdict

G.I. Joe: Deviations is an improvement in the series.  As a follow up to the Ghostbusters one shot, this one executes it’s promising premise in a more satisfying way and the humor is not a miss, most of the time.  It’s disappointing however that the well produced writing to this fun synopsis is met with poorly executed artwork that’s not visually pleasing at all.

Score: 2.5 out of 5

Review by Eric Bradach

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