I’m going to miss this series. As IDW prepares to reboot their entire G.I. JOE franchise with new titles and new collaborative teams, writer Chuck Dixon and artist Robert Atkins provide one final Snake Eyes comic for us to enjoy. In honor of Larry Hama‘s own silent issue of G.I. JOE #21, Dixon and Atkins provide a final Storm Shadow tale that needs no words to tell.
The story involves both the Hard Master and Storm Shadow’s attempts to retrieve a priceless Arashikage blade discovered in the rubble of a construction site. There’s tons of action here including a final staredown between Storm Shadow and the Hard Master as they former teacher and student, at long last, come to an understanding.
Although given recent events there is plenty for the student and teacher to hash out, the comic needs no words to tell the story. Dixon even leaves us with a nice final surprise from our other title character who doesn’t make an appearance here but whose absence is felt in every panel. Must-read.