While I’ve been spending a lot of time in various places over the last couple of weeks complaining about my lack of options for Pursuit of Cobra Wave 2, that is no longer the case. Not only is brick and mortar retail nationwide apparently flush with these great new figures (something I sadly know nothing about up here in the boonies), but there are several options through online retailers that also offer these prizes.
Check out the following links to select your e-tailer of choice!
If folks have been reading Hearts and Minds throughout the first three issues, they pretty much know what to expect at this point. The fourth issue is more of the same, which is good or bad, based on your perspective.
To avoid unnecessary spoilers, I will continue the review after the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below.
Talk about polar opposites. Released alongside the deep and understated G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #158, this continuation of the classic series from the 90’s makes no assumptions, and continues right along bringing the fight and Larry Hama makes no apologies for that.
The G.I. Joe team continues to be on the run, while Cobra is the government entity leading the charge against them. Remarkably similar to the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series plotline (though this comic run certainly doesn’t get the A-Team criticism that the cartoon is getting…interesting, that) and has at least as many bullets flying as dialog, unlike the other issue released this same day.
For spoiler reasons, the rest of the review will be posted after the jump.
Coinciding with JoeCon this year, I posted a ton of news regarding an upcoming new toyline from Molten Monkey International entitled SDK Omega. A 3 3/4″ action figure line featuring traditional o-ring style articulation, there are big things in the wings for the line, but things have been pretty quiet for a while now.
Well, a DeviantArt page uncovered by HissTank has provided a little more juice, and I’ve mirrored some images below. I’m dying to hear more about this line, hopefully we’ll start to get more intel as Toy Fair draws closer. Check out the DeviantArt page right here.
Last week was a down week for G.I. Joe comics from IDW, without a single title getting released, however they’re making up for it this week by releasing two books in one week. Wednesday will see the release of G.I. Joe: Hearts and Minds #4 (featuring Dr. Mindbender and Doc) as well as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #158. Check out the synopsis and 5-Page previews below.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #158
Larry Hama (w) • Agustin Padilla (a) • Padilla, Rod Whigham (c)
The scattered Joes converge at their prearranged rally point and launch their last-ditch counterattack against the forces of COBRA. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow face off, and only one of them walks away from the confrontation. Don’t miss this issue!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
I haven’t been wild about the Jungle Viper since day one, simply because he’s got so much gear, he seems like he might lack some playability. But the more I see about him, the more I’m getting converted. A fan of the site Jack Sparrow only further fanned the flames by sending along some great pictures of Jungle Viper “in the wild”. This figure is looking cooler and cooler. We’ll see what I think once I get him in hand. Check out the images below.
Most of my focus on fall animation beginning in October has been on G.I. Joe: Renegades, for obvious reasons. However, another terrific looking animated series will be debuting on Disney XD nearly right alongside Renegades, starting around October 22nd.
At the recent Fan Expo in Toronto, Marvel was on hand and premiered two episodes from the animated series as well as revealing some interesting information via the Marvel.com Live Blog. Among announcements is the fact that on September 22nd, Marvel.com will start broadcasting five minute mini-webisodes with a focus on individual heroes and villains appearing in the upcoming series.
As I’ve said numerous times on these pages, I’m a Marvel comics junkie (though I haven’t even touched a comic in nearly 10 years). I love the characters and the history of the Marvel U, but honestly don’t have the money, the time nor the inclination to keep up to date on the morass of the 21st Century comic world. And this is exactly why I love the Marvel films and cartoons so much…I can keep up with these great characters without having to try and backtrack 3 years to figure out how they got where they are now.
There was a time when I was a devout comics fan and scoffed at the cartoon versions because they simply didn’t match up from a maturity level or depth level, but it seems like that’s changed. These days I prefer the simplicity of the animated universe, and the characters seem much more like the iconic versions that I remember, and not like the new “angsty” renditions that have crept into the limelight in recent years. So, I’m really looking forward to Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and like a Justice League International for the Marvel Universe, which is right up my alley. I’ll be honest, I know very little about the Avengers universe itself. While I love the characters of Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, etc… I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole Avengers team. This cartoon could certainly change that perpsective.
This cool ass new trailer doesn’t hurt at all either:
Wow, this is a popular vehicle overseas… a few Asian sites have posted more galleries of the upcoming Ice Cutter w/ Snow Serpent Officer, including ACToys and abang.com. I’m sorry, but this little vehicle just looks bad ass. I love that huge single tire in the back (very reminiscent of the wildly underrated Street Razor from Sigma 6) and that cannon is absolutely awesome. I’m usually not big on the arctic vehicles, but jeez. So freaking cool.