Book Review: G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Mission Dossier

Mission Dossier is the film companion to the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. It's basically the catalog with high quality photos of the characters and the weapons they use.

Just like the movie, this book has a lot of whams and bam — big talk. It's one thing to say that the assault weapon can fire 900 rounds per minute, it's another thing to show that the magazine can only holds 30 bullets. And then there's the 80 pound mini gun carried by Hershel "Heavy Duty" Dalton which can fire 600 rounds per second. All these gadgets and numbers are making me dizzy.

There are plenty of high-tech gadgetry and vehicles, some pretty cool, some rather unconvincing. There's something about the swords of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. They are shiny and, er, blunt. It shows in the gloriously large photos.

The character profiles cover all the G.I. Joe members from the goodies to the baddies. Also, all the photos take the hero pose — no candid shots except on the last page. Besides the character introductions, the actors and staff also provides some commentary on the production.

How much you like the movie will probably determine how much you'll like this book. It's not really my type of book, this one anyway, maybe because I didn't watch the movie.

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