As if G.I. Joe: Retaliation wasn’t enough, we’ve got the upcoming social media G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game that is looking more out of this world with every reveal! Today we’re introduced to the Special Ops version of Roadblock, Lifeline, Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, the Cobra Stun and G.I. Joe: Wolverine, and things are looking awesome. Very much a vintage aesthetic, with some neat 30th Anniversary twists.
Lifeline is clearly based on the way the 30th Anniversary figure looks, with those unique differences from the classic version. Roadblock, on the other hand, is looking like his old school Tiger Force version. Pretty awesome.
Check out the latest details at the Special Ops website on SyFy.com, and I’ve mirrored some nice images below. I mean, doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting for some kind of game like this forever? When have we gotten such character and vehicle-accurate renders for any kind of video game? I’m getting pretty excited to check this out, just in case you couldn’t tell. I’ve mirrored darn near every image we’ve seen so far, check out the most recent ones on the end.
More great press coming out of Cinemacon last week, this time from Slashfilm, who have posted a very extensive interview with Jon Chu. While there aren’t a ton of details or new spoilers revealed throughout this particular piece, they have a great discussion about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and what was good and what potentially went wrong with that film.
Jon Chu has a terrific perspective on the Rise Of Cobra, and how the property emerged from that Hollywood infused production. I found it really interesting to read about his perspective on the 80’s universe and how that works with the whole “original Joe” idea with Bruce Willis.
Check out this great interview over on Slashfilm right here. It’s some good stuff.
Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since the What’s on Joe Mind podcast launched, but the guys certainly know how to celebrate. Episode #52 features not just an interview with Michael Bell to celebrate, but we also opened our phone lines to all of our fans! For over three hours we had a constant stream of callers dialing in to shoot the breeze, ask questions, and just generally have some fun.
Not only that, but we had some old friends stop by and hang out on the show for a little while, which was a really fun, awesome experience.
I just happened to be running a little late for this one, but I should pop up about an hour into the episode, and eventually I don’t sound like I’m talking in a trash can. Listen to this landmark 1 year anniversary episode on Podbean.com, or check it out via the embedded player below. As always, the show notes will be after the jump.
Apparently G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu is making the rounds, as he has spoken with the folks at Bleeding Cool about the politics and satire of the upcoming G.I. Joe film sequel. The discussion focuses mostly on the amount of satire within the film, which is something that script writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick excel in.
But the most interesting part of the article mentions that we should keep our eyes on Bleeding Cool as they plan on talking a lot about the “ambitious action scene centrepiece”, which sounds like something we should all look forward to!
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a bit bitter that Hasbro scrapped G.I. Joe: Renegades without hardly even giving it a chance, and a part of my complaint lies within the fact that they ditched the animated aesthetic due to fandom outcry.
Now a big part of me doesn’t blame them one bit. I don’t have any false ideas that animated style figures would fly off the shelves…I have my doubts. Hasbro could have potentially shrugged off their long standing fans, and not drawn in any new ones, and the entire line could have gone straight down the crapper. I’m not sure G.I. Joe as a brand is quite strong enough for Hasbro to totally overhaul the realistic styling and still come out swinging. So, I don’t blame them, even though the animated figures were items I really wanted to see.
So Amazon.com comes through in a big way, offering a Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow figure that apparently use this discarded tooling to great success. Keep in mind I don’t yet have these figures in hand, and I will fully admit those hip joints immediately make me scared. I hate those hips on the Marvel figures, so I really, desperately hope the Joe design team has found a way to make those joints work better than the Marvel folks have been able to.
Aside from that, the angular sculpting of the figures, the articulation…everything else looks very cool, and I’m really digging the animated look. Part of me hopes we get a more normal Snake Eyes in this format, too. I don’t have any aspirations that they’ll do an entire Renegades run in this style, but I’ll take what I can get. Check out the original post by G.I. Joe: Renegades fan edhellman over at HissTank.com, and I’ve mirrored the images below.
Running about a day late due to some work related craziness… these books should both be hitting today. Interesting to see G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #178 so shortly after issue #177 was released.
Check out the two previews below.
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #178
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Herb Trimpe, Gallant (c)
Cobra is in trouble! The Blue Ninja clan has infiltrated COBRA’s american stronghold and, even with G.I. JOE’s help, they may not be able to stop the destruction. The leader of the Blue Ninjas, a mysterious cyborg that goes by the codename of BN-001, has arrived in Broca Beach as well. And when he goes after SNAKE EYES and BARONESS, his unmatched skills may finally be too much for the silent Arashikage warrior. Prepare for devastation in the newest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Larry Hama variant sketch cover!
G.I. JOE 2: Retaliation Movie Prequel
John Barber (w) • Salvador Navarro & Atilio Rojo (a) • Salvador Navarro (c)
Snake Eyes and Roadblock. Perhaps the most dangerous of all the JOEs — their combination of stealth, cunning, power, and raw courage is nearly unmatched. Go figure, these two forces of might can’t always see eye-to-eye. But when Storm Shadow and his ninja enter the picture, these two JOEs will have to put aside their differences if they want to stop the enemy.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-203-4
Sets the stage for stars like Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, and the RZA to explode into theaters this summer!
The very cool Cobra Special Forces Facebook Page has posted another image of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Troopers, looking like they’re marching in formation. Some excellent detail from the uniforms and helmets.
I will admit I’m not sold on the helmet look. I would much prefer a facemask, or heck if I’m really dreaming, some sort of Viper facemask, but it’s not bad. Hopefully as these films evolve further, eventually we’ll see some true blue-suited Cobra Troopers that we’re all used to. Check out the gallery below with the added image.