Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #21
Written by Chuck Dixon
Layouts by Robert Atkins
Art by Atilio Rojo
Colors by Simon Gough & Joana LaFuente
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editors: John Barber & Carlos Guzman
Cover by Robert Atkins
Release Date: February 6, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #21 is a bittersweet ending to not only the series, but to the “Dixon/Atkins” era of G.I. Joe comics. They’ve certainly done the franchise proud by the stories they’ve told, the art they’ve created and the hours of entertainment that they’ve provided for us. But, how does this last chapter measure up?
Chuck Dixon knows what he’s doing. This is a G.I. Joe book. It STARS Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow. And, it’s #21. So, it HAS to be a silent issue. Larry Hama set the bar for silent issues back in Marvel’s G.I. Joe #21, and ever since then, there have been many imitators. My problem with a lot of silent issues is that they don’t really NEED to be silent. They just go out of their way to be. This is not the case here. There’s really no need for dialogue in this issue. I’m not going to say much about the story, but, it’s pretty great.
Atilio Rojo does a great job on the art duties in this issue. With layouts by Robert Atkins, the art in this issue is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get. Rojo does a fantastic job of conveying emotion, storytelling and vital information solely through his art skills. There are a LOT of heavy action sequences in this issue, and they’re all easy to follow and perfectly rendered.
Thank you to Chuck Dixon, Robert Atkins, Mike Costa, and every one else for making this era of G.I. Joe comics so much fun and so entertaining. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for all of us in the future!