Reddit is home to plenty of unpopular and controversial opinions when it comes to franchises that fans absolutely love. G.I. Joe has an incredibly long history of comic-book spinoff material, the franchise having launched with a classic Marvel comics run beginning in the 1980s.
Of course, not all of these comics were well received, and in the years since, other companies such as IDW have tried to create their own iteration of the G.I. Joe universe. With the cinematic portrayals of this series taking inspiration from the comics source material, it’s interesting to look at what works and what doesn’t in the eyes of the audience.
10 The IDW 2013 Reboot Argument
Plenty of fans have fond memories of the essential-reading classic Marvel run of G.I. Joe back when it was a huge property within the comic book world. IDW’s iterations of the series have been far less well-received, and the 2013 reboot doesn’t hold a great standing among audiences.
Its strange art and weird canon have had some criticism levied at it, but one Reddit user has suggested that the series is actually worth checking out. They note that the art choices are not too distracting and that there are interesting continuity inclusions such as past characters like Sergent Slaughter.
9 A Lot Of Larry Hama Love
Among the G.I. Joe debate about which comics to check out, Larry Hama comes up time and time again. The writer and penciler is best known for launching the Marvel comics version of the franchise into the mainstream and creating many of the G.I. Joe characters fans want to see in future films. He even returned to the franchise down the line with other companies.
Hama’s also worked on the likes of Wolverine and Nick Fury, but his career is hugely influenced by G.I. Joe. One Reddit user suggests that it’s only Hama’s work on the franchise that’s actually worth reading. While the respect is earned, many fans will disagree and suggest a number of other talented writers have contributed a lot to the series.
8 Some Larry Hama Hate
Despite the love Larry Hama usually garners from fans, there are some who feel he has been too overrated by the community. In fact, while Hama’s return to G.I. Joe with IDW was largely celebrated by the fan base, some believe he failed to bring enough of his original vision to the table.
One Reddit user has gone as far as to say that fans should check out what IDW has created but completely ignore the Larry Hama material. It’s an interesting and perhaps controversial take, but one that does shine the light on other talented writers and artists who worked with the brand.
7 The Hasbroverse
Comic-book crossovers are a huge part of the industry, and fans will be familiar with the idea of Batman facing off against the Predator, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming across the Power Rangers. It therefore wasn’t too shocking for the Hasbroverse to be unleashed with IDW’s Transformers vs. G.I. Joe line, the kind of storyline the indie comic book company could find cinematic success with.
The comics were largely well-received at the time, and fans had fun with the idea. IGN even gave a very positive review of the start of its run. Yet one Reddit user suggests that IDW completely ruined the franchise with this Hasbroverse nonsense, with writer Aubrey Sitterson drawing the brunt of the criticism.
6 The Politics Of G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe’s history is heavily linked to the politics of war. Indeed, the toys themselves were hugely affected in sales by moments in history like the Vietnam war, resulting in the line taking a science-fiction approach to its material. But the All-American hero is always destined to resonate with patriotism, the military, and difficult political issues.
No matter what era, therefore, the comics have had to play into politics in one way, shape, or form. It’s therefore a surprising opinion from one Reddit user that they don’t wish any of the comics to get too political when asking whether to check out the latest runs. While it’s a reasonable desire, fans will acknowledge it doesn’t line up with the G.I. Joe franchise.
5 IDW Art
While it has been previously mentioned that one Reddit user suggested the strange art styles were easy to overlook in earlier books, the debate surrounding the art of the newer IDW runs continues to rage on. Of course, like any franchise, the art is hugely varied throughout the various different titles.
In regards to the IDW run from issue 156 onwards in the 2010 era, one reader on Reddit has suggested that despite enjoying the writing, the art for this run was really lacking. There is arguably an interesting visual design style that evolved in G.I. Joe here though, suggesting the opinion that it was missing something could be unpopular.
4 The Best Way In
G.I. Joe purists will suggest that the best way into the land of the brand’s comics is through the original Marvel run. It’s still available to buy and is of course enjoyed at its best when it’s published as Marvel had originally intended. They are not always easy to come across though.
One Reddit user has therefore made a very reasonable declaration but one that will still be unpopular among those very purists. They suggest that the best way into the series is through the IDW curated collections. It’s a fair point and perfect for newer fans who might have wanted a better understanding of what the G.I. Joe films did right and wrong when looking at the source material, but may tread on the worth of the originals.
3 The Lens Of Nostalgia
It’s fair to say that nostalgia is a powerful thing. Plenty of fans look back on the Marvel run of the comics with that very lens, seeing it as they did when they were children. However, there’s evidence to suggest that, throughout Marvel’s ownership, there were some lower moments for the series.
A Reddit user actually re-read the initial story arcs and perhaps controversially noted that plenty of the narratives actually lost their threads or were dropped altogether. Interestingly, despite it perhaps being unpopular today, fans were voicing the same opinions in the letters section at the time.
2 Marvel’s Conclusion
In debates about the Marvel run, there’s certainly an unpopular opinion as to how the series wrapped up. Although removing the nostalgia lens might allow fans to suggest that there were faults with the Marvel series, most still protect how Marvel finished it all up, especially since it’s a difficult task.
However, one member of the Reddit audience couldn’t even make it to the end, suggesting that the series just got too weird and grew unreadable. They likely wouldn’t want to see any of these iterations of the G.I. Joe characters adapted to cinema in future projects.
1 The Cartoon Vs. The Comics
The argument among G.I. Joe fans about preferences between the comics and the animated TV shows has been going strong for years, and it’s packed with numerous unpopular opinions. Whether it’s the overall Reddit discussion about the mishandling of characters or perhaps the thought that the Marvel run is far superior to the Sunbow shows.
There’s never really going to be a consensus on this topic, considering everyone has different memories and viewpoints based on their own experiences of the G.I. Joe brand. Either way, there’s an audience for each, and they both helped to cement the legacy of the “real American heroes.”