Yo Joe!

Though I’ve only started reading them recently, there is something very nostalgic about the classic Marvel G.I. Joe. I spent my formative years as a military brat, so it holds a special place in my heart for reminding me of the culture I grew up in. After reading just a few issues, I couldn’t stop. They are just that good.

Though there were other creators, Larry Hama is considered the quintessential writer for G.I.Joe. Hama’s original concept was a spinoff of S.H.E.I.L.D. called Fury Force. While this idea was rejected by the editor Jim Shooter, it later became the basis for G.I.Joe. In the series, Hama incorporated philosophy, military jargon, and his own personal experiences in the military and life to create a unique blend of action and heart. The rest is one hundred and fifty-five issues of history.

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Herb Trimbe

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Freeze Frame 7/3/2015

From Action Comics #42 by Aaron Kuder
From Action Comics #42 by Aaron Kuder

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This Week’s Finest: Deadly Class #14

By Rick Remender, Wes Craig, and Lee Loughridge

          DeadlyClass_14-1Hello Friends, welcome to This Week’s Finest! There were plenty of good books I read this week, but for me the one that stood out the most was Deadly Class #14, From the beginning of this series I have been a huge fan, and this issue is a wonderful example of why I love this comic so much. The story is an aftermath chapter, the last two issues have been insane, and the kids are back at school now adjusting to the ever-evolving status quo in the life of budding teenage assassins. With his social status making big shifts, and an already big chip on his shoulder, Marcus veers further out of control, and is starting to experience the ramifications.

Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge lay down some fantastic pages–as per usual–and maintain the moods and settings of the story with such panache that I can’t imagine what this story would look like with another art team. They both have such a firm grasp of the characters and the world being built that it has a feeling of being an actual lived in place; a really messed up, terrible place where there are assassin schools, but the visceral qualities of the people, and the core of their experiences are incredibly relatable. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Deadly Class #14

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