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Review Brew: Action Man Revolution #1

Writer: John Barber
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colors: John-Paul Bove
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $3.99

I had a blast reading Action Man Revolution #1, as he takes on both G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. The story was pretty straight forward, with Action Man being sent to investigate G.I. Joe headquarters. The issue explains who sent the message to alert Action Man and how some members of M.A.S.K. and G.I Joe are being kept in the dark about him being held there. The character interactions are great, as you see the different Joes and M.A.S.K. members interact with one another. There’s even a callback to the Transformers films, and one of the Joes is a Witwicky. The dialog is good, but I didn’t like the use of puns. There’s only a few of them, but they seem to be crowbarred in at times. The pacing is also handled well as the story unfolds.

The artwork isn’t bad and makes the action in the story look astounding. The infiltration of the base and the fights are quick and seamless. Seeing Action Man take on the Joe’s is awesome and make you want to see more. Panels flow right into another and helps keep track of what is going on in the story. The characters are drawn adequately and the looks of the M.A.S.K. uniforms look cool, especially up close. I did have some problems with the art, as some of it looked rushed, and a few characters looked younger than they should. I like colors and how they blend so well to the different weaponry. Some of the characters do make a couple characters have a smooth complexion and it’s quite noticeable.

If you want a fun issue that ties into the Revolution storyline, check this title out. It’s only a one-off, so if you like Action Man give it a shot. The story is good and has enough action to keep you hooked.

4 Action Mans out of 5

About Ray W (175 Articles)
Ray was born in the early 90's. He loves movies, comics, manga, anime, and 3D modeling. His favorite anime are: Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass, Parasyte, Hellsing, Gundam Wing, G Gundam, Petshop of Horrors, Heroman, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Golgo 13, Saint Seiya, Ultimate Muscle, Baki the Grappler, Soul Eater, Wolf's Rain, Outlaw Star, S-Cry-D, Blue Gender, Ronin Warriors, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gatchaman, Speed Racer, and Dragon Ball Z. He is also an avid gamer with his all time favorite being Ratchet and Clank series,
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