A former Midwestern high-school farm boy/football hero, CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER has stepped into the role of “squad leader” of the G.I. Joe team. He’s instinctive, but believes in contemplation before provocation, and is always driven to do the right thing, regardless of what others might think. CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER is respected and liked by his teammates. He’s decisive and will bend the rules when necessary, but is wholly willing to take responsibility for his actions. His main concern is for the safety of his fellow G.I. Joe team, but he also believes he has a duty to assist those in need.
A sophisticated, well-educated big city girl, SHANA “SCARLETT” O’HARA is a conspiracy theorist and truth seeker, especially when it comes to Cobra. She began her military career as a computer jockey, but wanted to get her hands dirty, so began training in Ninjitsu under SNAKE EYES. SHANA “SCARLETT” O’HARA is skilled at undercover work, and can maneuver her way around a boardroom or high-society reception. But, she has little actual combat experience. She can grow impatient and condescending with those she deems less intelligent than she (which is basically everyone on the team excepting SNAKE EYES), but she quickly comes to realize she can learn a lot from the “ordinary” G.I. Joe team.
Weapon(s) of choice: Sword and Plasma Pulse Uzi
A mute, masked man-of-mystery — not officially affiliated with the military – SNAKE EYES was a mercenary whom SHANA “SCARLETT” O’HARA occasionally utilized for special missions. He was well-trained by the secretive Arashikage clan in the ways of the Ninja. A loner who’s not used to working with others, even after SNAKE EYES “joins” the Joes on the road, he comes and goes as he pleases. SHANA “SCARLETT” O’HARA knows him well enough to “translate” what he’s thinking; rumors abound amongst the team that their relationship is more than just master and disciple. The G.I. Joe team depends upon the “shadow warrior” skills of SNAKE EYES to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, and his profound sense of honor keeps him “attached” to the G.I. Joe team and their cause.
TUNNEL RAT (aka Private First Class Nicky Lee)-
Medic and Infiltration Specialist
Weapon of choice: Plasma Pulse Sub-Machine Gun
Of Asian descent and hailing from Brooklyn, NICKY “TUNNEL RAT” LEE is an eccentric medic with a prickly high-strung personality and attitude. He spent a lot of his youth exploring subway and sewer tunnels. As a result, NICKY “TUNNEL RAT” LEE is most comfortable in dark, confined places and possesses an arcane knowledge of soil, worms, insects, fungus, and anything else that thrives under or in the ground. Known for his biting sense of humor, as well as his nostril-burning scent.
ROADBLOCK (aka Corporal Marvin Hinton)-
Heavy Ordinance Specialist; Mechanic \ Driver; Chef
Weapon of choice: Big Plasma Pulse Machine Gun
MARVIN “ROADBLOCK” HINTON is a brawny African-American country boy from Biloxi. He’s a guitar playing head banger who’s constantly blasting heavy metal though his headphones, and singing along. He’s cheerful… boisterous… a chatterbox. As the team’s de facto chef, his culinary specialties tend toward roadkill. MARVIN “ROADBLOCK” HINTON keeps his positive outlook intact even during the most dangerous of situations…which is pretty much every situation since the G.I. Joe team have been on the run, trying to clear their names and take down Cobra.
RIPCORD (aka Private Wallace Weems)-
Weapon of choice: Plasma Pulse Sub-Machine Gun
A Fresh-faced African-American rookie who’s eager to prove himself, WALLACE “RIPCORD” WEEMS is an extreme-sport daredevil who is seemingly fearless in battle, and cracks wise every chance he gets. Arguably, his attempts at humor can get a little grating; just ask NICKY “TUNNEL RAT” LEE.
FLINT (aka Warrant Officer Dashiell Faireborn)-
Commands The Falcons; a military task force assigned to hunt down the Joes.
Now a highly-decorated military officer, DASHIELL “FLINT” FAIREBORN shares a rivalry with CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER that goes back to their high school football days. And since DASHIELL “FLINT” FAIREBORN knows CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER better than anyone, he’s put in charge of tracking CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER down. Wearing his signature beret, DASHIELL “FLINT” FAIREBORN can seem cocky and egotistical upon first meeting, but – underneath — he’s a very decent man who sees a very clear line between “right” and “wrong.” He has no patience for Cobra conspiracy tales, however, and is all about successfully completing his mission: the capture of the fugitive G.I. Joe team.
LADY JAYE (aka Sergeant Alison Hart- Burnett)-
A tough and scrappy, “one of the guys” Latina, the “Lady” in ALISON “LADY JAYE” HART- BURNETT is ironic. She and CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER also have a history together (CONRAD “DUKE” HAUSER once saved her life), and she finds it much harder to believe the accusations brought against him and his team. Recruited by DASHIELL “FLINT” FAIREBORN to aid in his pursuit of the G.I. Joe team, she secretly feeds the G.I. Joe team Intel so they might avoid capture, and provides them with access and much-needed supplies in their battle against Cobra.
GENERAL CLAYTON ABERNATHY-
A commanding officer who walks with a cane due to a combat injury, but is still tough-as-nails. GENERAL CLAYTON ABERNATHY doesn’t trust the smiling face of Cobra, but knows they carry a tremendous amount of political influence. There’s some evidence that he may believe in the evidence of the G.I. Joe team. Regardless, GENERAL CLAYTON ABERNATHY still feels the G.I. Joe team should turn themselves in, and has no qualms about ordering DASHIELL “FLINT” FAIREBORN to capture the Fugitives.
COBRA COMMANDER (aka Adam DeCobray)-
The leader of Cobra who hides behind the very public persona of ADAM DECOBRAY, the benevolent, reclusive CEO of Cobra Industries — a man who doesn’t actually exist (except as simulated video images). The real COBRA COMMANDER is a mysterious, masked megalomaniac who believes humanity is doomed, and must be destroyed and replaced with something better. While not physically intimidating, COBRA COMMANDER inspires tremendous fear and wields incredible power.
BARONESS (aka Anastasia Cisarovna)-
ANASTASIA “BARONESS” CISAROVNA, is Cobra Industries’ communications director and chief architect of their benevolent public face. She’s also a ruthless, femme fatale corporate saboteur, chiefly responsible for covering-up Cobra’s nefarious tracks by eliminating witnesses and tying-up loose ends. As such, she has made the hunt for the G.I. Joe team her top priority.
DESTRO (aka James McCullen)-
A Scottish weapons dealer/manufacturer descended from a long line of magnates, JAMES “DESTRO” MCCULLEN began M.A.R.S. Industries as a competitor to Cobra, until M.A.R.S. was acquired by COBRA COMMANDER in a VERY hostile takeover. As “punishment” for crimes against the “Snake”, JAMES “DESTRO” MCCULLEN is forced to wear an irremovable metal helmet. He now serves Cobra with his technologically-advanced designs and business acumen, all while biding his time until he can overthrow COBRA COMMANDER and regain control of his family business.
STORM SHADOW (aka Tomisaburo Arashikage)-
Driven by pride and jealousy, TOMISABURO “STORM SHADOW” ARASHIKAGE trained alongside SNAKE EYES, whom he blames for the murder of their Uncle – The Hard Master (one-time patriarch of the Arashikage clan). After catching a glimpse of SNAKE EYES on Cobra news footage, TOMISABURO “STORM SHADOW” ARASHIKAGE tracks his nemesis down, and resumes their blood feud. When ANASTASIA “BARONESS” CISAROVNA learns of same, she offers TOMISABURO “STORM SHADOW” ARASHIKAGE the resources to turn the Arashikage into the most powerful criminal force in the world, in exchange for his occasional freelance services as assassin… and bodyguard to Cobra Commander.
DR. MINDBENDER (Dr. Brian Bender)-
DR. BRIAN “MINDBENDER” BENDER is head of Cobra’s secretive bio-tech division. A gifted, brash genius in genetic engineering, cloning, mutation and cellular regeneration, DR. MINDBENDER is full of youthful enthusiasm for his work — even though it typically involves the dangerous, the unethical, and the illegal. Cobra’s secret Bio Viper program provides the perfect playground for this deranged scientist; what DR. MINDBENDER lacks in conscience, he makes up for with attitude.
A ruthless biker gang-leading thug, ZARTAN becomes a valuable asset to Cobra (and an incredible threat to the G.I. Joe team) when he stumbles upon and becomes the only person who can wear an experimental Cobra “chameleon tech” suit — giving him the ability to perfectly mimic the appearance, voice, and mannerisms of anyone the suit comes into contact with.
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MAJOR BLUDD (aka Sebastian Bludd)-
A bloodthirsty Aussie whose dirty deeds are for sale to the highest bidder. And nobody bids higher than Cobra. An up-and-comer with something to prove, MAJOR BLUDD is determined to be the greatest mercenary in the world, and earn the giant paycheck that goes with it –especially the bounty attached to the capture (or demise) of the G.I. Joe team.
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TOMAX AND XAMOT–
Identical twins with fantastical abilities in hypnotic persuasion and mind control, TOMAX and XAMOT began as crooked cult leaders who harnessed their powers to fleece “Believers” – including BRIAN “MINDBENDER” BENDER. Despite being enslaved by Cobra, the Twins plan to enhance their natural abilities and unleash their wrath upon the world. The key to their success lies in their connection to one another, a telepathic force so strong that if one twin is struck, the other feels every bit of pain.
As promised, the guys at JoeCanuck.com have posted their latest Canadian G.I. Joe Collectors newsletter today, featuring the debut of an image from their first convention exclusive figure of the 2010 Canadian JoeCon!
While a name is not given, the art certainly seems to indicate they used the Cobra Para-Viper has a base figure, with a heavy dose of black and Cobra blue for the color scheme, matching him up nicely to Black Ice.
As an added bonus, there are also two more great silhouettes giving us clues for the next two figures showcased as Canadian JoeCon exclusives.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s all the great content you’ve come to expect, including the awesome JoeCanucklehead comic book by Jason Loo.
G.I. Joe Convention goers are quite familiar with Joe Declassified, a magazine format newsletter that has been given out at the past few conventions, in conjunction with a very nice booth showcasing the history of G.I. Joe over the past twenty-five years.
JoeDeclassified prides itself on being a not-for-profit G.I. Joe resource for fans of all ages and eras who want to explore the rich history of our favorite toyline. Currently working to get all of the past newsletters in digital format and hosted on JoeDeclassified.com, you should do yourself a favor and add that site to your bookmarks.
It really is a great site, and could prove to be a valuable resource in the coming years.
iPad early adopters now have official rationalization for purchasing this very cool new product (as if you didn’t already).
IDW, always on top of the digital comics world, continues that trend by bringing two of their most popular licenses, G.I. Joe and Transformers, to the Apple iPad. Check out the full press release here, or click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below.
We have lots of new preorders at Past Generation Toys this week. First up is DC Direct’s hit new line Blackest Night, with figures up for preorder from across the rainbow and from Series 1 to Series 8.
Next up are Star Wars: The Clone Wars figures on cool new cards. Don’t miss your chance to guarantee yourelf these releases now!
Medicom’s new Ultra Detail Figure (UDF) Alice in Wonderland figures are shipping soon, and you can preorder both Alice and the Mad Hatter now.
Finally, we have new Halo Reach releases up for preorder, including singles and awesome new vehicle sets from the upcoming game.
I know I haven’t been posting many reviews lately for the IDW titles, even though I’ve been enjoying them much more than I had recently. I figured I should change that for G.I. Joe #18. Written by Chuck Dixon with art by SL Gallant, the main G.I. Joe title started off quite slowly, and has taken a while to build…but it has been building.
There are spoilers in this review, so click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below to check it out.