(IDW Publishing, creative team: Paul Allor, Niko Walter, Brittany Peer, Neil Uyetake)
This issue spends most of its time using character development for Major Bludd as a framing device to reveal a lot about multiple characters and develop plot points. This Paul Allor script is very patient, very skillful and very engaging in the deliberation it puts forth to showcase what's happened in this "alternate" world where Cobra has won and what's left of G.I. Joe is a scrappy but less-than-compelling insurgency. Likewise, Bludd's investigation is fascinating in the way it reveals details about the characters he relates to — the bomb-happy Baroness, the clinical chief of staff Daemon, and the Commander himself. There are even some solid action scenes here for Walter, Peer and Uyetake to distinguish themselves. The only deficit here is that there are no actual G.I. Joes in this book. Make this an all-Cobra book, you might have something going. If you like what's happening in this title, you will love this issue. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
G.I. Joe #4
(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Niko Walter
Journey into the heart of Cobra as Major Bludd searches for the hidden truth behind Cobra high command! What will Cobra's new vision of America mean for G.I. Joe?