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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613776195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613776193
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 19.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oedipus 2000 on 2 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, this is the finest reprint of the original run of G.I.Joe A Real American Hero by Larry Hama. The colouring, page quality and increased size present the comics in their finest ever form and they look beautiful. The stories are as amazing as you remember with all your favourite characters being introduced and characterised in style by Mr Hama's flawless writing. The obvious highlight here would be the amazing and unique issue #21 "Silent Interlude".
In addition to this you receive an introduction by the peerless Mark W. Bellomo who's exhaustive knowledge on 'Joe never fails to enlighten and entertain. He delves in great detail into Hama's creation of Destro and Duke and tells how these characters were fully fleshed out. He also includes detailed Character File cards that were written by Hama and then edited by hasbro to create the file cards for the figures. For a die-hard G.I.Joe fan these insights are invaluable and really tell how vital Hama was in creating and fleshing out those 3 3/4 inch lumps of plastic making them the characters we all know and love.
You also get an "Ops Brief" after each issue which picks out information, jargon, Insider info etc from each issue. These are highly detailed and full of tonnes of previously unknown information.
As well as reprinting the original Marvel run IDW and Bellomo have taken the amazing step of reprinting the 'half' issues written by Hama that were packed with the action figure packs of the 25th Anniversary. A superb step as these issues flesh out specific moments within the run of ARAH and are a superb addition.
I can't recommend this run highly enough. It's not a simple reprint of the marvel comics, it gives HUGE amounts of background info as well as other issues written by Hama that fit within the continuity. If you don't get these you are missing out!!!
P.S. Nearly forgot, you get a whole host of blueprints for vehicles and playsets at the back of the volume.
Get involved people!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Classics Continue To Be Given The Deluxe Treatment 8 Jun 2013
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First let me say this is an amazing book.

This contains commentary on the stories within and useful story notes and annotations. The book is a sturdy hardcover that will hold up well. The intro to the collection is well done and really sets the mood for the collection.

The stories within are amazing and this collections contains one of the best storylines in it's entirety, which the Snake Eyes/Quinn/Dr. Venom plot/subplot which has always stood out among the stories.

We are also given the inclusion of the the Snake-Eyes Classified File,vehicle blue-prints, and the comic-pack issue and other extras which are amazing bonus features so to speak)

The stories continue from volume 1 and really pick up steam. Towards the end of the collection you will hate it for being over and want more.

Errors that were in Issue # 20 have been corrected i.e. the drawing of Doc as Short-Fuze which is great as it enables the story to be read properly. There are a few other touchups as well and the art really sticks out at you this time around.

Finally we have issue #21, one of the greatest single issues ever, and has been hailed as a watershed moment for cartoonists by Scott McCloud. The issue really shows off what can only be done in comics.

So much love was clearly put into this collection and it shows. You would do well to pick it up!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You had me at "Hama." 10 Jun 2013
By Smitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
...and the second volume does not disappoint!

Like a CIA mole, or maybe Larry Hama's next-door neighbor, Mark Bellomo drops minutia that hardcore ("old school") Joe fans will love. The after-action "debrief" following each issue is--honestly--something I would pay for were it sold separately. The content is *that* good. What would be better? *Two* pages of debrief commentary rather than one!

And I also appreciate his efforts to correct obvious mistakes, as in, the first volume switching out Grand Slam's name for Flash's on the computer screen prior to the mission in Afghanistan. In this issue, he deftly does this as well--some 30 years after the fact. Sure, it's revisionism, but it only honors the initial creator intent.

These issues, some would argue, set a strong pattern of adept storytelling that we fans came to expect from the series. Case in point, the "Night Attack" story, with its (at the time) heart wrenching cliff-hanger.

And I know much has been written about the influential Silent Interlude, but what that story truly is, is Larry Hama shooting from the hip, under a tight deadline. In life, under pressure, we see the "real person." In Larry's case, Silent interlude, though I certainly did not appreciate it at 12, provides a visceral, adrenaline-slam of an adventure, approachable to most any level of reader. And don't tell me it isn't an influential piece, when, years later, Marvel Comics does an entire "silent" month.

The art?

Ever hear of Russ Heath? Yeah, *that* Russ Heath. He contributes pencil chores herein.

And Mike Vosberg started off rather slowly, in my opinion, with his artwork in this series, but very rapidly became a tremendously memorable craftsman in this series. Heck--the man was trying to keep up with 20-30 characters! Some of his images stay with me to this day.

Are there some improvement to me made? Sure. Some of the print, from decades old copy, suffers just a touch, but nothing to really complain about.

So I'll say it this way: if you liked the GI Joe comic book, this is its ultimate representation.

And if you weren't a fan of the comic, you don't know what you are missing.

Here's to 12 more volumes, and a butt-load of footnotes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome! 16 Sep 2013
By Richard S. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Above & beyond my expectations & way better than the softcover TPB's! I loved the extra goodies included, a collection must have!
No Ordinary JOE or Tome 8 Aug 2014
By BOOTA-san - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
1. G.I. Joe = a slang name for someone who is or was in the military; esp. during WWII.
2. G.I. -- is short for 'Government Issue', a descriptive term for supplies distributed by the government.
3. Joe = an ordinary man.

G.I. Joe is no ordinary Joe/man -- G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection (Vol.2) is no ordinary book/tome.
Much like the toy line of the 80's, my brother and I were never able to collate every issue of the Joe comic-line either. These hardcover book collections of the classic G.I. Joe comics are nearly library bound quality; sturdy and spectacular, measuring an extensive length of 11x7x1, with re-mastered color on high-quality pages.

I recently purchased the first four volumes (x2) after an extended weekend visiting my brother, going over the golden age of toys and cartoons from the 80's, re-living our wonder years, and reminiscing ad nauseum about G.I. Joe and wishing we had read through all of the comics of yesteryears. He was floored to receive the surprise and we have been going back-and-forth constantly over text regarding the stories and characters. It's been like jumping into a time-machine and landing in an 80's time capsule of our childhood.

Volume 2 covers comic issues #13 through #24 plus 21 1/2 story "Silence Between Borders" in glorious presentation, in chronological order, and has held up well to the age of time. There are some 'dated' one-liners and zingers that only reiterate the feeling of nostalgia surrounding every ones' favorite figurines. Issues #13-21.5 continue to introduce us to the G.I. Joe universe and character canon, showcasing the 1983 Series 2 G.I. Joe toy line (along with Series 1 characters).

If you jumped on the G.I. Joe comic book bandwagon a little late -- like myself, collecting the G.I. Joe regular comic along with "Special Missions" and "Tales" issues here and there, the "Tales of G.I. Joe" were reprinted issues of the first 15 original Joe comics; so this volume contains the last three "Tales" stories. Issues #22 through #24 slowly introduce us to the 1984 Series 3 G.I. Joe toy line mixed in with the previous Joes.

I cannot stress how impressive these graphic novel-like books are; with first-time printed bonus material, a knowledgeable forward, and additional author fun-facts and notes. The only thing missing from these reprints are the old Marvel indices inside and that iconic B&W Spiderman headshot (sometimes web-slinging body-shot) or the UPC code on the cover.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect 16 Sep 2013
By Gregory J Dowles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For those who read these comics when they were younger this book/collection is a dream come true. The only negatie it that only 4 volumes are released a year
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