Cobra Commander’s grasp of the intricacies of wish-granting seems to be less than perfect – leading the Genie in his service to deliver an unforeseen consequence to the evil overlord’s demands. In the bonus morality message that closes this month’s chapter, Military Policeman Law and his dog Order give a cruel kid a lesson in how to treat those less able than yourself.

As a knowingly daft, campy homage to the GI Joe cartoon of the 80s, this four issue has yet to put a foot wrong. It’s wonderfully nostalgic stuff, but also genuinely hilarious in its adherence to the tone and style of the source material.

The artwork is stunningly accurate to the cartoon too, with so many clever touches to make it look exactly like the cheap 80s animation it’s based on.

It’s genuinely sad that IDW are losing the GI Joe license, however, considering how brilliantly they’ve always done with the franchise. Bringing the 80s cartoon back – even the sledgehammer-obvious moral messages – is a stroke of genius and it’s been handled spectacularly well thus far. With only one issue to go, I’d be very surprised if the ball is dropped in the conclusion – but time will tell. Tune in next time for my review of the final issue!

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