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G.I. Joe - Declassified (G. I. Joe (Graphic Novels)) [Paperback]

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In the face of growing threats to freedom, the U.S. creates an elite team of soldiers to become a daring new anti-terrorist force: G.I. Joe! Finally revealed - the recruitment of the original 13 agents, and the missions that happened before G.I. Joe #1! Also, a deadly anger brews in the heart of a frustrated used car salesman... Cobra is coming...

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2007
Publisher   Devil's Due Publishing
ISBN  1932796746  
ISBN13  9781932796742  

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More About Larry Hama

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Larry Hama is best known as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he was responsible for the "G. I. Joe" comic book of the 1980s, and for developing many of the G.I. Joe characters for Hasbro. His other comic book writing credits include "Wolverine," "Avengers," "Elektra," "Venom" and "Batman," Larry also created the" Bucky O'Hare" comic, which was also turned into a toy line and an animated TV series. He lives and works in New York. The author lives in New York, USA.

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The Master Storyteller Returns!  Oct 1, 2007
Larry Hama does it again! The man I would consider the best fictional writer and storyteller in the last 20 years puts out another amazing story. Both the many -- thanks to Hama -- fans of the original 80s comic series will love this story, but so will those who did not grow up with Hama's GI Joe. And by the way, for anyone who is a new fan, keep this in mind: Virtually all of the major characters and story lines were created by Hama, so he really is the Godfather of GI Joe.

I would recommend not only buying this title, but anything GI Joe related with Larry Hama listed as the author. He really is GI Joe as we all know it. For those interested in a new monthly comic, Devil's Due Publishing has a new Storm Shadow series written by Hama. And as usual, it is exceptional. Hama has managed to make me do what I never thought I would do again since the early 90s -- buying comic books!

Yes, Larry Hama is really that good.
Many find it difficult to define what makes Mr. Hama's continuity so appealing  Sep 15, 2007
but Larry has a writing style that noted Hemingway scholar Mark Bellomo once called an "iceberg theory" approach to the Joe universe. That is to say there is a style of characterization and dialogue here that often hints at a vast subtext of information, floating just beneath the usual panel-to-panel comic book action.

Add to that Mr. Hama's ability to artfully harness the storytelling craft of the late Wally Wood*, and then you start to understand what makes him a true diamond in the rough of modern comic book writing.

This is no exception in G.I. Joe - Declassified! The book delves into the deeper history and personality of the original 13 Joes; even introducing a mysterious 14th Joe, and offering cameos of popular characters that we only thought we knew. It starts from recounting the formation of the Joe team via character flashback, and culminates at the end of the Lady Doomsday storyline from issue #1 (only from a very different POV entirely). In the end you will find the Joe team's roots, their individual backgrounds, and the current challenges they face in the storyline, are all made more real to the reader as a result.

One "new Joe" in particular is so brilliantly retconned into the history that acceptance or rejection on the part of this reader never really comes into question. This new character, and all the others for that matter, seem to drift into and past each other by fate or circumstance. As a result, they end up teaching us an inspiring lesson in courage that rivals literature outside the comic medium. That's what makes Larry Hama so great. He dares to step outside of the rut and reputation of the comic book medium itself.

If there is any one "required reading" for any Joe fan, G.I. Joe - Declassified would be it. It is also highly recommended for anyone who is curious about why these characters (and the toys they personify) have continued to last for more than two decades.


*Something few comic book writers even bother to utilize nowadays, making this one of the few truly enjoyable books available from Devil's Due, or any other comic label for that matter.
Larry there anything more to say?   Aug 23, 2007
Larry Hamma is the quintesential father of the modern Joes. He single handedly created all the personas & made us believe that our country was really protected by the BEST of the BEST!
this book is another volume in the classic Marvel G.I.Joe series.. if you liked the classic Joes from Marvel, you HAVE to own this book.

If no one but Larry Hamma ever wrote another Joe story, i would be ok with that.
Larry Hama returns with the original Joe crew  Apr 28, 2007
Most people not familiar with the G.I. Joe comic books would perhaps tend to think of it as nothing more than a toy line or cartoon. The fact is, the G.I. Joe comics of the 1980's were some of the hottest selling around, and for good reason; author Larry Hama. Hama was directly involved in the creation process of the Joe and Cobra lineups as well as the military hardware designs that created a world of almost concept quasi-military technology. As the toy line by Hasbro increased in sales and popularity, so did the designs of new vehicles, missions and characters that all had to be melded into the Joe mythos. As things started to wind down on the original series (ending with issue #155 in 1993) it was apparent that some insight had been lost into what had made the series great. Original characters and espionage filled locales backed by deep, ongoing storylines with the Arishikage ninja clan and other high profile characters were replaced by ridiculous marketing additions like "Star Brigade" and so many new armaments that it lost a lot of flavor with this fan.

With "Declassified", I was taken back to those times with original characters and an original, mud and guts script that does not disappoint. The opening splash page had me hooked, as I was down in the jungle in the fictional country of Sierra Gordo, overlooking the clearing with Stalker, Rock n Roll, Grunt and Zap. From here the story takes off with realistic action that seems to attain a little more serious dialogue and tone than some of the scripts I was used to in the past. From fan faves like General Hawk and Snake Eyes to beginning to see a glimpse of the future of Cobra, Hama is able to intricately weave a multitude of introductive stories throughout this graphic novel that shows many origins as well as surprises. You'll get up close and personal with that diabolical guy known as Major Bludd, and you'll also experience some fantastic artwork that is genuine and colorful. I was always impressed with the artwork of past projects concerning this Marvel series, and the penciling combo of Quinn, Lando and Dodd is superb. Old fans will revel in locations that also include Ft. Wadsworth and a nice introduction to a mysterious and intelligent operative that wears a flowered shirt.

Shall I say that this alternative universe that created some of the best characters, battles, drama, and intrigue within the old comic pages is somewhat reborn with Declassified. It was fun going back and meeting old friends. This graphic novel is also great because they include the original "file cards" of the characters presented, which as old fans know used to be located on the back of the action figure packages for cut-out. Last but not least, a source guide is also contained which shows the various definitions and correlations with the characters and stories presented and how they later tied into the series. Throw in some flashy artwork gallery of future graphic novel covers, and you've got every old Joe fan anxiously waiting for more.

My hat goes off to Larry Hama for not walking totally away from a world that only he could orchestrate, build and maintain. Declassified is a must have for old Joe fans, and although is not a continuation, it's backstory approach gives our favorite original Joes a deeper, more understandable past.

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