Classic G.I. Joe Volume 1 Paperback – Jan 20 2009
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Here's why: I own the original issue #1, heck, I own absolutely every issue from the line, but issue #1 came with several other parts to the issue. It had a 2 page spread in the middle called "G.I. Joe Classified File `The PIT' GI Joe Headquarters" which showed a diagram of the underground base. It is also missing 4 pages of "G.I. Joe Classified File" for Scarlet, Breaker, Flash, and Stalker. Then it's missing 2 pages of "G.I. Joe Weapons Profile" for the VAMP and the Mobat. But the ultimate problem with this IDW Volume 1 is the fact that they leave out the "special bonus feature...Hot Potato!" This was a 10 PAGE short feature!!! 10 PAGES! Now, yes, it was re-issued sometime later in one of the Special Missions comics or something, I don't recall, but it was part of issue #1. I didn't really expect IDW to include the "G.I. Joe Classified Files" or the "G.I. Joe Weapons Profiles" but to exclude "Hot Potato!"??? Come on IDW. It's not like Hasbro doesn't have the rights to "Hot Potato!". I'm not sure why it was left out. To save 10 pages in Volume 1? It's offensive? Not PC enough for 2009? I don't know. Am I glad we have IDW's Volume 1? Yes! And thank you IDW. But folks in their late 20s and 30s will be buying this...not small kids that don't know "Hot Potato!" is missing.
But for the remainder of the volume, it appears that the other 9 issues are intact. I at least checked issue 2 and that was complete. For a bare-bones Volume you get what need but for completionist...you don't. But I still hope that sales are good and that IDW can put out all 155 issues and maybe the other side issues too from the Marvel line...but in reality getting all 155 issues out seems impossible if sales dwindle. I would buy all volumes so wouldn't have to read my good copies.
But don't let my 4 star review from stopping you buy this volume. I recommend it, I just don't understand what IDW was thinking.
All ten covers are included, though IDW has removed all "Marvel Comics" references from them, leaving some unusual blank space on each cover. The TPB credits indicate that IDW has recolored the original artwork. This series ultimately lasted for 155 issues, and IDW plans to release several subsequent collections in 2009 (as well as a new G.I. Joe series that disregards the previous continuity).
This volume reprints the first 10 issues, though as others pointed out it omits one story from issue #1 and some other materials. Other than that strange omission the book is first-rate. The reproduction is clear, the recoloring faithful to the originals and there are some great design touches. The page numbers and masthead are done in a typewriter font with misplaced letters that look like they came from a 1981 army document.
The stories are just as much fun as they were then. Hama, Steve Grant and Herb Trimpe turn in over-the-top chase and battle scenes with tricks and twists worthy of a James Bond movie. Plastic action figures are quickly fleshed out and given personalities and histories.
The art is inconsistant, some issues seem rushed. Trimpe's work is usually strong but other artists are a bit of a let-down.
So, who should buy this? Fans of GI Joe in any incarnation will love this book to death. People interested in the franchise should also check it out, this book lays the groundwork for years of stories to come sets the tone for the books and movies today.