Us long time fans of the vintage figures have had few reasons to cheer lately, with news of the Convention exclusive figures being Anniversary style… I’m not in such a bad spot, since I do enjoy the Anniversary and Movie stuff as well, but there are o-ring diehards out there crying in their beer. Well, the tears can stop, at least for a little while, because the Collectors’ Club exclusive 2009 incentive figure Undertow has started shipping! I received mine today, and was so enamored that I immediately had to post a review.
Check it out right here!
Big thanks to Dave Thornton from DavidMackGuide.com for reporting that he’s found some more Resolute stuff on DeviantArt.com. User ibgraham has posted some storyboards he worked on for the animated feature, which appear to focus on Tunnel Rat’s mission to disable the strattelites high above Earth’s surface. Check out the links here and here, or check out the images mirrored below.
I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong, and I definitely swung and missed on my hypothesis with the mystery figure out of Asia being some updated version of Dial-Tone. In my own defense, though, Helix wasn’t even on the minds of Joe fans those months ago, so cut me some slack.
Ever since IDW mentioned Helix in a future solicitations article, Joe fans everywhere have come to the conclusion that this mysterious female figure was indeed this new character that was apparently designed for the video game and is thus being indoctrinated into the comic universe by IDW. Not much was known about the character, even in the August solicitations.
However, friend of GeneralsJoes (and loyal YoJoe contributor) Phillip passed along the following link from Deviantart, which is apparently a cover for the Helix special drawn by Joe Suitor. One glance at the cover confirms that the mystery character is indeed Helix! Check out the fantastic image below:
While Gamestop revealed a teeny-tiny picture of the cover for the upcoming video game early, Electronic Arts has done a full blown reveal today, supplying us with high res images for cover shots of every system the game is being released for. The DS cover differs from the console covers, but we’ve included a full blown gallery below with each cover for each system.
I’m loving this cover a lot…very dramatic. Time will tell if the game itself lives up to it…
You happy now, Mysterious Stranger? I got the terminology right…
The following is a list of items scheduled for distribution from IDW in August, 2009…a lighter month, to be sure.
G.I. JOE: ORIGINS #6
Chuck Dixon (w) • Augustin Padilla (a) • Padilla, Tom Feister (c)
The five-part series has become an ongoing, with rotating creative teams! On a mission to prevent a terrorist attack in a far-flung corner of the world, Scarlett’s former, civilian life and her new hard-ass life collide. Now, in the middle of a white-hot operation with the fate of millions in the balance, Scarlett decides which friend lives and which one dies. 2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
G.I. JOE #8
Chuck Dixon (w) • SL Gallant (a) • Howard Chaykin, Robert Atkins (c)
No one holds the Baroness against her will… not even Destro. Scarlett remains on trial and the evidence is mounting. Mainframe and Snake Eyes on a roadtrip? The Joes invade the relocated Castle Destro only to find someone—or something—deadly at home. Jam-packed and action-wracked as this hard-charging series roars to new heights. 2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
G.I. JOE SPECIAL: HELIX
Brian Reed (w) • Joe Suitor (a) • Suitor, David Williams (c)
INTRODUCING A BRAND-NEW JOE! G.I. Joe is the best of the best. But that’s not good enough for Hawk. Enter Special Agent HELIX: a deadly young woman who may well define the future of G.I. Joe’s combat operations—if Duke can keep her alive long enough. This special tale ties in with the new G.I. JOE videogame! 2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Once again, I haven’t had time to do a comic review, though I have purchased and read issue #5…and yet again, find myself a bit frustrated with the long, drawn out story…the main series just hasn’t progressed in 5 months. While Origins, COBRA, and even the movie prequels tell compelling stories at a brisk pace, the main title continues to sort of plot along. It’s a shame, because the art is outstanding, and the writing is great. Dialog feels natural, the military jargon jives with what I’d expect…but there’s just….nothing….happening. But what do other sites around the web have to say? Here are two reviews to kick it off: