To quote Vinny Barbarino, “I’m soooo confused!”
This is going to get a little spoilery, especially if you haven’t read the first Cobra mini, so… you’ve been warned.
By the end of Cobra, Chuckles had been found out by Tomax and Xamot Paoli, but not before he’d been forced to put a bullet in his handler, the female ninja known as Jinx. He was also somewhat involved with a long-haired brunette named Miss Le Tene, who was somewhat involved with Cobra. Over the course of this issue, Erika Le Tene resurfaces, and we see her alongside the Baroness. A ninja operative is sent to retrieve Chuckles, and she looks surprising like Jinx (in fact, Chuckles calls her that by name). And finally, of course, the Paolis are back. So… is Cobra II truly a story focusing around three sets of twins, or is this just the failing of Fuso’s art?
Or is it not a failing at all? Is this the team of Costa and Gage making the most of the medium they’re working in? Let’s think about Superman and Clark Kent, for a second. In the comics, Superman disguising himself as Clark almost works, because any 6 foot tall, dark-haired man being drawn by a particular artist is going to look at least something like any other. In TV and movies, however, it’s somewhat more ridiculous, because each actor has their own distinctive look, and Brandon Routh wearing glasses looks EXACTLY like Brandon Routh not wearing glasses, no matter how you comb his hair. Where am I going with this?
In a comic, you can draw two characters very similarly and lead the reader to assume they’re twins — or even the same person — and eventually reveal that to not be the case. In TV or movies, however, if you cast one actor or actress to play dual roles and reveal that they are NOT, in fact, connected in some way… well, that’s a hard sell.
So what do we have here? I’d wager that Le Tene and the Baroness are sisters, while Chuckles’ would-be rescuer has nothing to do with the woman we knew as Jinx.
But we don’t know right now, and the dual mysteries could certainly prove to be intriguing, especially when highlighted by such interesting additions as the IDW take on Croc Master and the impending appearance of none other than Cobra Commander himself. Keep reading, I’m going to.
G.I. Joe: Cobra II #1 earns itself 4 out of 5 sloped floors.