It’s the end of an era, as IDW’s amazing GI Joe run comes to a close.

Despite having legendary GI Joe writer Larry Hama scripting this final story arc, it feels far less like his nuanced take on the material and much closer to the daft camp of the 80s cartoon.

Though both styles have their place within GI Joe, leaning towards the silliness for the final hurrah before the license reverts to Hasbro is seriously disappointing.

This issue sees several Joes pinned down in a casino, with Cobra deploying a cloned Genghis Khan, implanted with knowledge of modern military technology and strategy, in order to finally reign supreme.

It all just feels a bit half hearted, almost as if Hama was intent on devaluing the brand before it returns to the license holder. The art is similarly disappointing; it feels seriously rushed and there’s more than a few panels here that are outright embarrassing for a comic series of this stature.

You’ll notice that this is part two of final story arc, All In; as I had pretty much the same ‘meh’ reaction to the first part, I hadn’t even bothered reviewing it.

It’s such a shame that GI Joe seems to be ending on such a low note, after many years of excellent comics at IDW.

There’s still a few issues left for Hama and co to get their act together, but it’s not looking promising for the Joes at this point.

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