Review: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21 cover
Cover by Larry Hama and Klaus Janson

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21
Published by Marvel and © Hasbro, March 1984

Title: “Silent Interlude”
Synopsis: When Storm Shadow kidnaps Scarlett, Snake Eye’s mounts a daring – and silent – solo rescue mission.

Writer: Larry Hama
Penciler: Hama
Inker: Steve Leialoha

Review: Nearly two decades before Marvel’s “’Nuff Said” month, the company debuted the concept in, of all places, G.I. Joe #21. Rarely a series known for its innovation, this issue of G.I. Joe is a very good – and very innovative – comic book. Telling a complete issue sans words is a challenging task, but regular writer Larry Hama is up to that challenge. Providing breakdowns himself, Hama moves this story along nicely, with facial expressions and strong fight choreography contributing to the tale. Steve Leialoha’s finishes are strong, as well, and George Roussos’ coloring also deserves a nod. A surprising gem.

Grade: A-

Cool factor: Cool concept, well executed.
Notable: First appearance of Storm Shadow.

Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there are multiple printings of this issue, as well as a 75¢ Canadian variant. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: N/A

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 25, 2013.

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