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G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 #1

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G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 #1

Credits

  • Words: Andrew Dabb
  • Art: Chris Lie
  • Inks: Ramanda Kamarga
  • Colors: Grafiksismik
  • Story Title: N/A
  • Price: $2.95

The Joes’ latest animated series is adapted to comics in this all-ages miniseries.

Somewhere in Guam, the G.I. Joe agent known as Duke sits sipping decidedly unmanly drinks with little paper umbrellas. Hey, even super-soldiers need a vacation now and then. Sadly, Duke’s rest proves to be brief when he is summoned for the latest mission of Sigma 6, the new covert branch of the Joes. Apparently, the nefarious metal-faced weapons designer, Destro, is up to his old tricks and has kidnapped a submarine full of research scientists. Rest, relaxation, and little paper umbrellas will have to wait.

Sigma 6, Devil’s Due’s latest G.I. Joe property, is an adaptation of the new Fox animated series of the same name. As such, it is an all-ages book with a slightly different tone than their other Joe comics. Part of me questions using the phrase "all-ages" to describe a story with military strike teams and international terrorists in this day and age but for the most part, the approach seems to pay off. The level of danger and violence never rises beyond that of the most mild superhero story and the script is considerably more light-hearted than, say, the Snake Eyes series. Writer Andrew Dabb (a go-to guy in numerous indie comics these days) injects a nice dose of humor into the story, eliciting smiles along with the thrills. There are also a lot of James Bond-style adventure elements—robots, deep sea lairs, mind-controlled sharks—that add some fun and excitement to the issue.

Penciller Chris Lie emulates what I assume is the look of the T.V. show, a mix of smooth planes and angular shapes. The style lends itself well to the action-oriented moments of the story and features a number of amusingly odd background characters. The inks by Ramanda Kamarga have a slightly lighter touch and the colors are primarily cool and mellow, though this may simply be an effect of the preview copy I was given. Whatever the case, the effect certainly adds to the tropical locale of the story.

G.I. Joe as a franchise has never particularly grabbed me but in this case, that’s beside the point. I am all for series that could bring more young readers into the comics medium and create the next generation of fans. With the right distribution, Sigma 6 has potential to do just that while also giving longtime Joe fans a fun ride.

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