What I have read of IDW's new GI Joe is pretty good; however, it's almost impossible to keep track of the reading order for these trade collections. There's the regular title, plus Snake Eyes, GI Joe: Cobra Civil War, GI Joe: Cobra: Cobra Civil War, and now GI JOE: COBRA COMMAND VOLUME 1. This volume collects the first four issues post-Cobra Civil War (I think), with the Joes recovering from some dramatic losses. A new Cobra Commander is outfoxing the Joes at every turn, especially when Cobra invades and occupies a 3rd world country and begins kicking out the population.
Chuck Dixon's plotting on these various titles has been very creative. It's a fresh start for these characters, separate from Larry Hama's ongoing classic run, and he has made this property exciting again. What's more - the art has been consistently good, being handled in this collection by Alex Cal and Mike Costa. The problem is that this trade contains only four issues, so by the time it's revealed what Cobra is up to, the book is over, with no resolution. I can kind of see where Dixon is going with this story, and the way he tells it is great, but considering that I only got about 90 pages of story, this collection didn't seem worth the effort or the cover price. What really rubs it in is that Volume 2, which apparently collects the remainder of this particular storyline, will be released just one month after this volume, so by splitting it between two trades, IDW is sticking it to the fans. I'll refrain from purchasing any more of these volumes and hope for an omnibus collection.