GeneralsJoes reviews upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Invasion 3-Pack Firefly!

First and foremost, a huge thanks to Josh for letting me borrow this figure in order to do this review.  I’m extremely flattered that he offered this up so I could get the review done for the review page, hopefully I did him proud.

This figure is slated for release in first quarter 2013 as part of the Wave 2 G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3-Packs.  The “Cobra Invasion” 3-Pack is also slated to come with Storm Shadow and the Cobra Invasion ParaTrooper.  Check out the full review in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page, or hit the direct link below.

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Sideshow Collectibles 12″ Major Bludd PRE-ORDER IS LIVE!

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Jon Chu speaks to MTV about various projects, G.I. Joe: Retaliation included

As we inch ever closer to 2013, I keep on waiting to get thrown back into the onslaught of marketing for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but the well continues to be relatively dry where information and news goes.

However, the same cannot be said of Jon Chu himself, who has his irons in several different fires at the moment.  He’s been officially announced as the Masters of the Universe film director, he’s deeply involved in Justin Bieber’s Believe tour, is currently working with LXD (the League of Extraordinary Dancers) and his YouTube channel DS2DIO.  Along with all of this, his first commercial recently aired for Microsoft’s Surface tablet.  You can check that out right here.

With all of these projects, MTV Geek sat down with the director, and of course the subject of G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s controversial delay came up.  They touch on the subject somewhat, though there isn’t much detail.  Chu confirms that his work with dance helped prepare him for some complicated action sequences, and actually convinced producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to give him the director job.

He also speaks about 3D and how even though G.I. Joe: Retaliation is technically being converted to 3D post-production, many of the scenes within the film were shot with 3D in mind and the end result will be much more effective than you might see in other post-production films.  He’s also still working hard to possibly shoot some new scenes with 3D from the ground up to even better take advantage of this delay.

You can read the entire interview right here.  It’s a really interesting look at the director, which touches on a lot of subjects aside from G.I. Joe.  I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s really cool to see how his experience with dance choreography has enabled him to view action films in a different light and bring his 3D skills to the table for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Especially with as little news about the film as we’re seeing right now, it’s worth checking out.

Fred Van Lente talks to CBR about G.I. Joe relaunch – First look at the new Joes!

I think it’s fair to say that IDW shocked the G.I. Joe world at NYCC with the revelation that their series of G.I. Joe books would “relaunch” in 2013 with brand new #1 issues and some new creative teams mixed in there, particularly on the flagship G.I. Joe title.

Taking over for Chuck Dixon on G.I. Joe is Fred Van Lente with Steve Kurth doing the pencils, and Mr. Van Lente spoke with Comic Book Resources about this new direction for G.I. Joe.  It’s an interesting one to be sure.  You can read the full interview right here.

Reading this interview brought a few different thoughts to mind, and I’ve got to work them over in my head a bit over the next couple of months before the book debuts.  First and foremost, immediately evident from the first look at the new G.I. Joe team, this book is certainly making some changes.  Perhaps making some changes worthy of the “relaunch”.  No longer a covert operatives team, G.I. Joe is now out in the spotlight in more ways than one, and looking at this first image…  wow.  I see a lot of super hero elements here.  Form-fitting uniforms, armor plating, a distinct lack of helmets, backpacks or flak vests.  Granted, this is a single image, but I could see some G.I. Joe fans being taken aback by this new look.

Perhaps one of the most alarming details is the distinct and conspicuous lack of Snake Eyes… I would imagine they’re holding something back where he is concerned, either to maintain some suspense for his current title or to keep his return as a potential “event” to lead up to in this new book.

For me personally, I don’t mind the super hero elements infiltrating G.I. Joe somewhat, but I do want to see at least some indication that these are military operatives.  I suspect they will look more military within the confines of the book itself, but this initial image has me a bit…well… concerned isn’t the right word.  I guess I’m surprised.  In my opinion, no matter how much they integrate into a super-hero like universe, the core look of the G.I. Joe team should have military elements…and just carrying guns around doesn’t count.

As anyone who reads my site knows, I will remain optimistic, and as I’ve researched the new writer Fred Van Lente, I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying his work.  I suspect if anyone can make this new look and feel work it’s him.  But let’s just say I’ll be watching this closely, mostly to gauge the reaction of other Joe fans.  While I’ve always thoroughly loved an injection of super hero mythology into my G.I. Joe universe, there is a pretty large subset of G.I. Joe fans who are into the hard core military stuff, and upon first glance, these uniforms don’t scream “hard core military”.  Of course, many folks would argue (myself included) that “hard core military” never involved dudes in football jerseys or not wearing any shoes, too, so really a lot of folks who clamor for the real world military stuff, but also want things vintage accurate are sort of talking out of both sides of their mouths.

In fairness, I think Duke’s uniform design specifically is extremely cool looking.  I like the shoulder pads, I like the layered look of the pants and vest.  The throwback to his classic colors.  Those are all very cool elements that I think bridge the comic book and military world very, very well.  Shipwreck also looks extremely nice, with some call backs to his Devils’ Due appearance and just the right additions if flair to the uniform.  That only makes sense with Steve Kurth as the artist on this book (he was the first artist when Devils’ Due launched the title way back when as well) and I can certainly see some of his style showing through.

Thinking about the plot ideas, I do think this has the potential to be very interesting.  Embedded journalists/bloggers is a very modernized take, and using the G.I. Joe team as a living, breathing recruitment poster is a pretty intriguing concept.  It truly is a new direction, and I am really looking forward to seeing where this goes.  As I said, I suspect within the pages of the book there will be many more military-themed images, concepts, and uniforms, but I just had to voice my concerns over the first release image of this new team.

Again, check out the interview right here, and the first image has been posted as well.  I won’t mirror it out of respect for CBR, but you can see it in the interview.

GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW Publishing COBRA #18

The teasers about the debut of the Oktober Guard have been handled really well, making it sound like a pretty major G.I. Joe universe event, which is cool in my eyes.  In the Marvel Universe, Larry treated the Oktober Guard pretty seriously, making them very impactful members of the G.I. Joe continuity, but they haven’t really gotten that much love in the toy world.  Sure we got the excellent comic packs in 2004, and of course the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club just blew us away with the Operation: Bear Trap Convention set, but beyond that, to folks who only know G.I. Joe through the cartoons and retail shelves, the Oktober Guard is relatively invisible.

Mike Costa and Antonio Fuso jump right into the world of these Russian Special Forces troops and take them in pretty different directions.  But what was the end result?

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Marauder “Gun Runners” Kickstarter Campaign – the Final Countdown…

Okay, we’re down within the final 24 hours of the Marauder “Gun Runners” Kickstarter campaign and the good news is, Marauder has MET THE KICKSTARTER GOAL!  Woo hoo!  As of 7:45 this morning, contributions have been met to make this project happen.

Keep in mind, Marauder has plenty of stretch goals as well, and the more money that comes in, the more stuff that will be available to everyone.

As an added thank you, Marauder has also beefed up the rewards for folks contributing at the Pirate Horde or Double Horde levels.  This may provide an added incentive to bolster your contribution.  The Marauder “Gun Runners” Kickstarter page is right here, and read the details of the latest update below.

Hey Folks!

Since we might not hit some of the “stretch” goals and we really want to add “more” stuff to the packages….we are ADDING a Complete Series #6 set in “Realistic” paint scheme to the Pirate Hoard level (and 2 to the Double Hoard level) as a “thank you” for those contributing to our project (at NO addtional costs to those who have participated at those levels or will participate at those levels).  Also, will be glad to “swap” out the below painted Series #6 set for the “Realistic” painted new items (Picaroon level) or the “Desert Tan” painted new items (again, can make your selection in the after event “survey”).

Here are some painted samples (final designs may vary slightly from items shown):

Here are ALL the items NOW in the $100 Pirate Hoard level:

Thanks again for your support!
MJ

Preview for IDW Publishing COBRA #18

Wednesday is almost upon us, the glory of new comic day fast approaching.  This week we get another excellent installment of Mike Costa’s masterpiece Cobra series.  Oktober is here!  Check out the issue synopsis and preview below, and get your tuckus to the comic shop on Wednesday and support this awesome book.

Cobra #18

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

OKTOBER IS COMING! Who are the OKTOBER GUARD? The deadliest group of elite killers and assassins ever faced by G.I. JOE or COBRA! The new G.I. JOE covert group is the only thing standing between the Oktober Guard and victory—but there’s going to be a high price to pay.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:

Variant Joe Eisma & Juan Castro cover!

Bullet points:

  • The most dangerous adversaries G.I. JOE has faced since… COBRA itself!
  • The biggest event to hit the COBRA series since… ever!

REMINDER – Time is running out to support the Marauder Kickstarter!

Come on, Joe fans!  If you love G.I. Joe, I know you love what Marauder “Gun Runners” has done for the hobby over the past 10 years.  Some of the best in scale weapons and accessories that the G.I. Joe line (or any 1:18 scale line for that matter) has ever seen.

The Kickstarter project is almost done, and there is still a little ways to go, so let’s all put our money where our mouths are and put it over the top!

Check out the Kickstarter Page right here!  There isn’t much time left.

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for January, 2013

News out of NYCC about the changes to the G.I. Joe titles within IDW has caused some speculation about 2013 titles…the official IDW solicitations have been released and now we know at least a little about the wrap ups to the current slates of G.I. Joe titles.  Issue #21 is now confirmed as the final issue for these current iterations of the G.I. Joe comic universe as things evolve into the new G.I. Joe title, Cobra Files, and Special (Secret?!) Missions.

Curious that IDW chose #21 as significant issues in this case, and I’d imagine we’ll see some creative ways to look at this landmark G.I. Joe issue number, which we all recognize clearly.

Be aware that spoilers will likely be sprinkled throughout, considering these are comics slated to come out in January.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full run down.

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