G.I. Joe #6 – Reviews around the web and my thoughts

Issue #6 for the much maligned main title of IDW’s G.I. Joe arrived on Wednesday, with some promises from Chuck Dixon that things would ramp up and get a bit more involved.  Well, I’m happy to say that Chuck was right…let’s see if other sites agree:

My thoughts are below, after the jump…spoilers contained!

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Latest JoeCanuck Collectors’ Newsletter online now

The guys North of the border have posted their latest installment of the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Newsletter, and you can find it online here!

Don’t forget you can also check out every single past issue of the newsletter at the top of the page here as well.

Titan Books to release companion “Mission Dossier” to G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA

mission_dossierLicensing.biz reports that Titan Books is planning to release a companion book to the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA film entitled G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA Mission Dossier.  According to the article:

“The paperback companion chronicles the making of the movie, combining cast and crew commentary with in-universe intel on GI Joe team members and their enemies in the Cobra organization.

Information on weapons, gadgets, vehicles and missions is also included, along with numerous colour photos, film stills, schematics and production art.”

The book will arrive in the United States July 21st just ahead of the movie.  Read the entire article here.

IDW Editor Andy Schmidt talks Combat Heroes: We Are G.I. Joe kids book

With Star Trek, Transformers, and G.I. Joe all getting the summer blockbuster treatment in 2009, Comic Book Resources took some time and spoke with Andy Schmidt, Editor for IDW Publishing on the challenges and opportunities working with three separate licenses that are all receiving a lot of outside attention this year.  Mr. Schmidt also takes some time to speak about the Combat Heroes style kid’s book, “We Are G.I. Joe”.  You can read the article here, I’ve also reprinted the G.I. Joe related content below.

A very different project, the “G.I. Joe Combat Heroes: We Are G.I. Joe” picture book, is a bit unusual for IDW. The book introduces the heroic Joes and villains of Cobra to young readers, much as “Transformers: I am Optimus Prime” did for the Autobots and Decepticons. “[Writing ‘We Are G.I. Joe’] was a lot of fun. I hope that kids and parents alike enjoy it,” Schmidt said. “And no, there are no rifles or pistols in the whole thing. Swords, throwing stars, crossbows, and tanks, yes, but no pistols or rifles. Look closely and you may see a couple of very intimidating Super-Soakers though!”

Carded and boxed images of various Rise of COBRA items

A few different images of carded and boxed items from the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA line have started popping up over at the Terror Drome and HissTank.com.  So far we have an Arctic Assault Snake Eyes, a COBRA Para-Viper repaint, and the Dragonhawk XH1 w/ Wild Bill!  I’m a bit disappointed that the Para-Viper is a single card, normal release, I was kind of hoping that would fall under an exclusive umbrella somewhere, but we’ll see.  They can’t all be winners, I guess.  ;)

Don’t get me wrong, the Para-Viper is a very nice looking figure, he just can’t really do anything besides stand there, and I’m not real sure how well his style meshes with the normal movie stuff.  Anyway, the images are hosted below.

5-Page preview for first issue of The Rise of COBRA adaptation

Beginning in July, IDW will be putting out a four-issue adaptation of G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, with each of the four issues hitting each week.  Phil from JoeReloaded has kindly posted a 5-page preview of the first installment, which is up on JoeReloaded.  We’ve also hosted it below.