Speical Missions Volume 1 brings us the 4 part story "Crush Depth" written by Chuck Dixion with art by Paul Gulacy and colors by Aburton and Grafislava. The story pits the special forces team lead by Scarlet and Mainframe against the Baroness. I really enjoyed this one and for a number of reasons. Among them are the art, which I don't know how IDW decides on their arist and colorists but DAMN! They know how to pick them. The majority of the story taking place on the high seas splashes off the page becuse of the art. From the high winds and crashing waves to the tense undersea crushing pressure it all is vibrant and wonderfully done.
The plot by Chuck Dixion is great. Even if you are not famiiar with the Special Forces team of G.I.Joe they are introduced well and each have a distinct enough personailty. The banter between them each is well written and doesn't come off cliche or forced. Also, it's niice to see a woman in charge of things. I really enjoyed Scarlett or as as she prefers to be call "Red" a lot. She is a strong leader and I would like to read more stories focused on her.
The Baroness is a good villian overall. I would like to know more about her backstory. Howerver the way she is playing to get back into the good graces of Cobra is an intersting plot which leads me to wonder what happened to fall out of favor with them in the first place.
For cons the only thing I could say is as with most IDW trades it only has 4 issues. Howerver, I will say that for the price point its about right and it makes it easy to read in a single sitting. I will be getting volume 2 for sure.