Written by Mike Costa
Art by Alex Cal & Beni Lobel
I have not reviewed Cobra in a little while. I was a bit put off an issue or two ago when it read as a further extension to the GI Joe book instead of focusing on the strengths that Cobra has had over any other GI Joe related book…EVER. That was the psychological thriller stuffed inside a Bourne Identity film and applied to both Cobra and Joe characters. Thankfully, that is all back and this issue escalates everything that has been happening since issue #1.
As Serpenter, Tomax, and Major Bludd plot to overthrow the new Cobra Commander the Commander himself has dispatched the Baroness to eliminate those “stock holders” within the Cobra structure. When the new Commander took over he did not just declare a change in power structure within the Cobra organization, he has shown everyone in the last handful of issues how he is accomplishing this. Ronin, a Joe operative, confronts the Baroness and barely survivies.
Serpenter has seemingly set up both Tomax and Major Bludd. Both disappear though Bludd’s “defection” has a bit of a comedic moment I rather enjoyed. One thing is made clear and continues to be a focal point in this series: Cobra Commander is not a man to be trifled with. He is hardcore and surprises everyone. (Still wish it had been Chuckles.)
At the beginning of the tournament we invited you to fill out your own bracket with who you thought would win each game, with prizes for the top seven spots! We have now tallied up the points (as described here) and we have the winners!
GRAND PRIZE: Andy King! With a final score of 104 points, Andy is the winner of $100 in Cosmic Comix Cash! Congrats, Andy! Check out the proud winner below with his oversized Cosmic Comix Cash certificate!
RUNNER-UP: Julian Staros! Just barely missing out on the grand prize, Julian came in with 103 points! For his effort, Julian will take home a set of four (4) Fantastic Four hardcovers!
HONORABLE MENTIONS: And these folks, with excellent brackets, will each get their choice of either a Walking Dead, Planetary, Chew or Scalped Vol. 1 TP: Brett Bowman (100), Clifton Bright (100), Travis Hudson (99), Julie Knauer (99) and Sean McGuinn (99).
Congrats, everyone! Come on by the store to pick up your prize!
A slightly lower voting total than usual in last week’s poll, but those voting seemed to agree that the best book of the week was either Batman #7 or Strange Talent of Luther Strode #6 (of 6). But of course there had to be a winner, and it was… Batman #7! Overall, a strong week for the Batman family as Joker took down the Cosmic Madness 2012 crown and the title of Best Villain!
But, as always, we must press on. And that means it’s time to consider THIS week’s books! Rusty really dug Cobra Ongoing #11, while I myself enjoyed the feel-goodness of Avenging Spider-Man #5. But what about you???
What was the best book of the week?
Aquaman #7 (10 Votes)
Cobra Ongoing #11 (3 Votes)
Avenging Spider-Man #5 (3 Votes)
Walking Dead #95 (3 Votes)
FF #16 (2 Votes)
New Deadwardians #1 (of 8) (2 Votes)
Angel & Faith #8 (2 Votes)
Avengers #24.1 (2 Votes)
Voodoo #7 (1 Votes)
New Avengers #23 (1 Votes)
Moon Knight #11 (1 Votes)
These picks show no imagination! I'll tell you the real best book in the comments. (1 Votes)