I know I'm a little behind the times here, but I just read this and had some questions for Chux and anyone else who has been keeping up with the GI Joe comic over the last 26 years.
So... SPOILERS follow for those of you who haven't read about Snake Eyes' origin and don't want it ruined. You've been warned.
So here're my questions:
1. There seem to be three people involved in the plot to assassinate Snake Eyes while he's training with Clan Arashikage: Faceless Master, Zartan (even though he looks nothing like Zartan from the cartoon) and apparently Cobra Commander. So, who is Faceless Master? They show Firefly piloting Zartan's escape chopper after he assassinates Hard Master by mistake. So is Faceless actually Firefly?
2. Was that really Cobra Commander who went on the vigilante spree with Snake Eyes in issue #2? If so, that's kind of lame. If Chux hadn't already told me to disregard this issue completely when considering the grand scheme of Joe continuity, then I think the book would have lost me immediately with that revelation. And why is Cobra Commander just a normal guy with a wife and baby?
3. So Storm Shadow was framed? Since Storm Shadow is a bad guy, I would think the story would make more sense and be less convoluted if they had just had him assassinate Hard Master out of jealousy. Or was this development a retroactive revision to the story after Storm Shadow became a member of GI Joe?
4. Are the events of issue #1 taking place during Vietnam? Wouldn't it be better to update that to the Gulf War, otherwise all the original Joes would be approaching 60 years old?
Overall, I liked the story. Some stuff was a little predictable, but it's a pretty clean origin story for a character who was actually tied with Darth Vader as my all-time favorite fictional character when I was a kid. The Star Wars prequels have actually knocked Darth Vader down a few slots into 3rd or 4th place. Snake Eyes was firmly at #1 before I read this book and he's still at the top of that list, so I guess that means I enjoyed it.