Emerald City’s ‘GI Joe: A Real American Hero’ #212 Variant Features Every Cobra Ever
I try to keep it pretty quiet, but I love GI Joe. At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I especially love their enemies, the forces of Cobra. I mean, sure, the Joes are America's daring, highly trained special missions force, but Cobra? That bunch of ruthless capitalists has a cadre of evil ninjas, a transforming castle and a dude who can telepathically control crocodiles. What's not to love? Aside from the part where they want to blow up the world, I mean.
In any case, my love of Cobra has made me pretty excited about Adam Riches' variant cover for IDW's GI Joe: A Real American Hero #212, drawn for Clearwater, Florida's Emerald City Comics, which features every single member of the evil organization from its thirty-year history. Yes: all of them.
If the composition looks a little familiar, it's because Riches, who has recently been working on packaging art for the GI Joe action figures, intended it to be a companion piece to Chris Lie's cover for 2007's GI Joe: America's Elite #25, which featured all of the Joes:
Not gonna lie, replacing the Capitol Building with the Terrordrome is a pretty great idea.
Like Lie's cover, Riches' includes a key to let you know who everyone is, in case you're one of those rare people who doesn't recognize Rugrat and Dr. Lucifer on sight, but there are a few favorites we can pick out just from what we see here. I'm particularly fond of Dr. Venom just chilling in there wearing normal clothes while surrounded by complete weirdos...
...but the best by far is seeing Hot Rod himself, Rowdy Roddy Piper, in his attire as Destro's personal trainer:
Clearly, Destro is a man of taste.
Riches' variant ships in March, but you can preorder it now from Emerald City.