G.I. Joe: Renegades is almost upon us… what to expect from GeneralsJoes

Well, anyone who has visited the site knows I’m keyed up about G.I. Joe: Renegades.  I know that has pissed some people off, but hey, it’s my site, so deal with it.  I’ve been working hard to make sure I cover plenty of other content as well as Renegades so for those of you who would bitch about it will just have to learn to live with it.

This weekend especially, Renegades fans should expect an onslaught of content as the first two episodes air.  I’ve already got the Renegades SuperPage up with links to characters, the Episode Guide, and all of your latest breaking news from the series.  As the episodes hit this evening, expect episode reviews, synopsis, video clips, and updates throughout all sections of the site.

Just like I did for Sigma 6, when G.I. Joe reinvents itself, and I enjoy the reinvention, I have a tendency to go all out.  We’ll see if Renegades keeps my attention even after I’ve seen the first two episodes.  So for Renegades fans, there will be a lot to love this weekend.  For folks who don’t like Renegades, the latest wave of Pursuit of Cobra figures is hitting my house next week, keep an eye out for those reviews.  No, I will not be sacrificing PoC content for Renegades stuff.  Don’t even worry about that.

Can’t wait to see the cartoon tonight, and looking forward to discussing it!

Reminder – Exclusive “Behind the Scenes” Special on The Hub at 3:30pm Eastern

For folks out there eagerly anticipating the first airing of G.I. Joe: Renegades, don’t forget that The Hub will be airing a special “behind the scenes” look at G.I. Joe: Renegades and Transformers: Prime at 3:30pm Eastern!

I’m stuck here at work, so I won’t be able to check it out, but hopefully other folks will take a peek and let us all know how it looks.

And of course, in a little less than two short hours, G.I. Joe: Renegades arrives.  It will be interesting to see if the internet folds in on itself from the rampant praise and/or complaints from the respective camps.

If nothing else, it will be entertaining.

BBTS News: 20% Off Black Friday Sale, Predaking, 1/4 Predator & More!

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IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe: Future Noir #1

Okay, I’ll admit, I’m as fired up about new concepts in G.I. Joe as the next guy, but initially I was not sure exactly what to think about this idea.  I’ve never really been enamored with the whole Manga concept, though I do know it has its share of fans.  Devils’ Due actually tried this experiment as well with the Arashikage Showdown trade paperback when they had the license, and that particular issue didn’t really resonate with me.

Is Future Noir any more successful?  Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to see my opinions.

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IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe: Cobra #10

While I’ve fallen behind on some of the comics, I try to keep up to date on the G.I. Joe: Cobra title.  Far and away my favorite Joe themed series, I’m constantly amazed by simply how intelligent the writing is.  Mike Costa and Christos Gage manage to really delve into the idea of a shadowy terrorist organization like Cobra and really try to rationalize the concept and have it make sense.  In the old school days, Hama just sort of accepted some things and expected the readers to do the same.  Nothing wrong with that idea in the least, but I really like that this new generation of Cobra is trying to exist within a realistic world and the writing team is trying to breathe life and idealism into Cobra as a whole.

Issue #10 was refreshing.  I had no major issues with the last story arc in this series, but it’s like spending the weekend at your best friend’s house when you were a kid.  During that weekend, life was different, yet still fun, with some adventures.  But then you get back home and go back to your own bed, and suddenly, everything just falls into place.  The weekend was fun, sure, but there’s nothing like home, and getting thrust back into the Chuckles and Cobra Commander arc was like coming back home.

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IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe #23 and #24

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and while many folks are braving the crowds for “Black Friday” shopping, I’m taking some time to gather the last few releases of IDW comic books and trying to play “catch up” on some reviews.  I was surprised to find that I was actually a couple of months behind on  some of these.  How does that happen?

In recent months, I’ve been pretty hard on the main IDW G.I. Joe title, simply because I try and hold it to a higher standard.  While G.I. Joe: Cobra, G.I. Joe: Origins, and even stuff like Hearts & Minds should all be considered fringe titles, the main run is the run that should continue to breath life into this new G.I. Joe mythology, and while there was a really good stretch going there for a bit, it’s starting dragging just a bit again.

Well, I may be one of the only ones, but I was really looking forward to seeing what IDW was going to do with Agent Helix…and they finally introduced her in the main title in issue #23.  However, based on the 5-page preview I posted, I was immediately hesitant to buy in, simply because it was evident she was being designed as a new “super power”, even in her first appearance.  We’ve spent thirty years establishing what a bad ass Snake Eyes is, and here comes Helix in her first mainstream appearance, and she hands him his ass?  Well, I’m hesitant to base a character and an issue on only five pages, so I will review issue #23 and #24 below.  Click the “read the rest of the story” link below to check out these reviews, but be warned, spoilers will be evident.

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Oh, yeah, there’s another show on The Hub today, too…

You know, something has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle, at least on my end, regarding the animated goodness that is to come later on this evening.  I’ve already gone over how much I’m looking forward to G.I. Joe: Renegades, and of course, I’ve talked about Avengers, and even Young Justice.

But what about this whole Transformers: Prime thing?

Since the days of Beast Wars, I’ve been loving the animated universes of the Transformers (well…  besides the whole Armada/Energon/Whatever fiasco) and you would think this next generation of Transformers animated coolness would have me excited.  But it’s kind of gotten lost in the shuffle.  I think part of me has kind of been looking forward to it, but with all of the Renegades furor, I hadn’t really thought about it a whole lot.

Well, the guys over at Seibertron have thought about it, and even received early screeners for it, and posted a review.

Okay, I’m officially excited.

Certainly the discerning folks at Seibertron.com are more well versed in Transformers lore than I am, and probably are harsher judges of how a new animated universe fits into the whole mythology, but they seem pretty enamored with it already.  They claim it takes the best parts of Beast Wars and the best parts of the live action films and blends them all together into a very serious, “aggressive” story…and I really like the sounds of that.

So yes, most of my giddy impatience tomorrow will be waiting for 5:00pm and the debut of G.I. Joe: Renegades, but I will be honest and say a healthy portion of the excitement is also now reserved for Transformers: Prime.  Two cool looking reinventions of the 80’s corner stones of after school animated greatness.  Could we be on the verge of another golden age of boys action animation?  Certainly seems possible.  Even as the father of two girls, I’m all for it.