Storm Shadow (2002)
The first series of the Joe Vs. Cobra series had some dynamic stances molded into the figure. Limited articulation and pre-posed stances are usually derided by collectors who prefer a neutral pose and the ability to put the figure into a variety of positions.
His redesign was an interesting departure from the classic style, combining elements of the Devil’s Due look with some new features all its own. Although there are more straps and pouches on Stormy than a Rob Liefeld splash page, I find myself fascinated by him nonetheless. I really enjoy the color scheme here, as it looks to be a stealth uniform, a good utilitarian idea for a ninja who prefers to wear white. It’s a wonder it took him that long to pick out some ninja pajamas that would allow him to blend in with the shadows. I’m a sucker for specialty uniforms and repaints that put our favorites into different environments. For me, it all goes back to the tan Grunt of 1983, as well as the Sunbow animated series’ penchant for placing Joes and Cobras in scuba and snow gear.