Many Joefans likely flocked to Amazon.com to pre-order G.I. Joe: Resolute so they could check out the exclusive unreleased Resolute comic that was available for download with the purchase. GeneralsJoes was among that crowd, and I’m posting a little sneak peek at some of the panels in the comic. I was really pleasently surprised at the book, to be honest…it was written very crisply, with a lot more adult-oriented action than some of the previous releases. The coolest thing is, it gives some insight into the Iron Klaw Troopers and Crimson Troopers. By looking at the panels in the book, it would appear that the Iron Klaw Troopers are meant to be the “cream of the crop” of Cobra troops, even above the esteemed elite Crimson Guard. Heavily utilizing the Iron Klaw look from G.I. Joe: Extreme, they actually mesh into the Cobra hierarchy very well.
As for the Crimson Troopers…at first they appear to simply be offshoots of the Crimson Guard, but at one point, the Iron Klaw Trooper hands one of them a tactical vest, updated helmet, and parachute which almost look to have a strong Resolute Trooper influence. Actually, in one of the panels, the Crimson Trooper looks like it was probably a Resolute Trooper from the neck down with a cool newly sculpted helmet for the head.
Frankly…this is a big bummer, considering this never got released. This could have been a great Resolute Crimson Guard, and I am a humongous fan of the Resolute Trooper tooling. The comic issue shows the Crimson Troopers going through a rigorous training exercise designed to weed out the ineffective and incapable. At the end, one Crimson Trooper remains and we get a glimpse of just how intense Cobra’s training program is. A pretty cool shift, and unlike many of the other Resolute comics, this one actually seems like it could mesh into the Resolute universe fairly well. Check out the mirrored images below.