Written by John Barber
Art by Salvador Navarro and Atilio Rojo
Release Date: March 28, 2012

The first thing you need to know is that I am a huge fan of the old Marvel series and that I hate the Rise of Cobra movie. My concern as I was stepping into this book was that it was going to be too much movie and not enough comic. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is a story of Roadblock and Snake-Eyes. I like both of those characters, and think most fans do as well. Barber captures the spirit of the original Marvel series, while still bringing in elements introduced to us from the movie. It builds on the story of Snake-Eyes without insulting those of us who are fans of the character. There is no question that this is a prequel though, and meant to introduce the newer Joes to the movie crowd.

Being an artist on a movie tie-in must be very hard. You are constantly trying to straddle the line between drawing the character to look like the actor, and drawing them the way you see them. There are moments in this book where I can really see that Roadblock is Dwayne Johnson, and then there are moments where they look nothing alike. I think the rest of the book suffers for this, as Navarro and Rojo seem to be trying too hard to make the characters look almost photo-realistic, as opposed to just letting the art flow with the story.

If the main goal of this series is to pique my interest in the second movie, then it has succeeded. I found the book to feature much of the same heart that I felt the original comics had, and didn’t try and stretch the story too far from its roots. I look forward to the final issue, and hope the destination is as good as the journey.

Verdict: 7.0/10

Brett Co-hosts the We Talk Comics podcast.


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