Twitter user Twitziller continues his “40 Reasons to Be Excited About G.I. Joe Retaliation” series with today’s image: Storm Shadow!
One of Larry Hama’s INFINITE contributions to the G.I. Joe mythos was the tale of Thomas Arashikage also known as Storm Shadow. Whereas the Sunbow animated series presented the Cobra Ninja as a spooky sounding foil for the G.I. Joe Tracker Spirit, the Marvel Comics series took a decidedly different approach. Storm Shadow was shown to be working for Cobra only to find out the true identity of his uncle’s killer. Once he had this information, Thomas did the only thing he could– contacted Snake Eyes, set aside their differences, and went on a two-ninja assault of Cobra Island! Later, he’s put aside his ties to Cobra entirely, join the Joe team, and even serve as a mentor to Cobra Commander’s son Billy.
In the film universe, as portrayed by Byung-hun Lee, Storm Shadow is portrayed as a conflicted mentor to the Baroness who is at odds with his own past. It looks like G.I. Joe Retaliation is going to confront head-on the real story as to who killed the cinematic Hard Master! It also looks like Tommy will be fighting on the side of angels before the film is over. Either way, I’ll be there opening night popcorn in hand!
Check out Twitziller’s previous entries in the series below. We’re getting closer, gang. Closer every day!
27 days to go!