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This is the miniseries that, for me, really defined G.I. Joe, with Flint, Lady Jaye, Zartan, the Dreadnoks, Roadblock, Shipwreck, Mutt, and Junkyard appearing for the first time. Excellently animated (as always), this series had all the action and humor of MASS Device, and then some. A great place to begin viewing the saga of G.I. Joe!
The first G.I. Joe mini-series was a great starting-off point for the
regular series that would soon follow. It introduced the concept of
special military team G.I. Joe fighting to save the world from
terrorist organization Cobra. It also introduced us to several of the
core characters on both sides, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett,
Cobra Commander, Destro, and the Baroness. This second mini-series is
even better than the first one, with an even more exciting
action-packed story and interesting new characters introduced. The plot
is about Cobra using their latest weapon, the Weather Dominator, and
the Joes trying to stop them. When the Weather Dominator is split into
three pieces that are scattered all over the world, the Joes race to
retrieve the pieces before Cobra does.
Some of the colorful new characters on the Joe side are Flint, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Gung-Ho, Spirit, Shipwreck, and Mutt (with his dog Junkyard). On the Cobra side, we have the awesome ninja Storm Shadow, Firefly, and mercenary Zartan and his Dreadnoks. Snake Eyes also has his iconic look in this one, unlike the first mini. A few of the highlights from these five episodes are Duke and Snake Eyes being forced to fight (a retread of sorts from Duke being forced to fight in the first mini-series), Honda Lou West, Spirit vs Storm Shadow, Destro's creeper vines, and the Palace of Doom. The animation is colorful and a step above most '80s TV cartoons. The music is rousing and compliments the action well. The voice work is excellent. It's a fun cartoon full of action, humor, and lots of cool characters with fleshed-out personalities and conflicts with each other. Lots of cool gadgets and vehicles, too. The writing is smarter than your average cartoon aimed at kids. It's a great mini and just a great cartoon series altogether. It doesn't get the respect it deserves. It's often reduced to a "just a cartoon to help sell toys" put-down but it's arguably the best '80s cartoon series. Certainly one of my favorites.
This was an ultimate series as collaboration and creation of weapons of mass destruction take place! Zartan and his boys make themselves known! You really think COBRA is going to take home the gold at some points, we totally rock even though our aim may be a bit off. The Joes are just as crappy. I don't remember the last time I lost a soldier to a laser shot. The ultimate part of this series is the fact that the MASS weapon must be built! Three elements are needed for this to happen. This isn't about nuclear warfare is it? No, not this time for COBRA, this time around was all about the best and most ass-kickin satellite in space! You know this is all about Revenge. Cobras rule!
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