Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #1

The good news: it’s new comic day tomorrow!

The better news: it’s new “Cobra Files” comic day tomorrow!!

Yep, after a short break, we are getting thrust back into the twisted world of Mike Costa’s “Cobra” universe, aptly titled now “The Cobra Files”.  From all indications, it takes up right where things left off in the Cobra series proper.  We’ll see just what Costa and Fuso have up their sleeve tomorrow.  Check out the details and the comic preview below.

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #1—SPOTLIGHT

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Michael Lark, Fuso (c)

A SNAKE IN THEIR MIDST! Her name is CHAMELEON—and she used to be a COBRA agent. Now she’s made her way into the G.I. JOE team—the honest way. But even with the best of intentions, does she have what it takes to fight on the side of the angels? FLINT thinks she does, and he’s willing to gamble the lives of this teammates on her… Unfortunately, with the Crimson Twin called TOMAX pulling the strings, no bet is a sure thing.

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

            “CobraGraphic” variant cover by Tom Whalen!

             wraparound variant cover by Jamal Igle, featuring the new team—All three new G.I. JOE launches will have one!

Bullet points:

  • The third big launch in the new direction of G.I. JOE comics!
  • Can a Cobra agent become a hero?
  • “Mike Costa’s Cobra is one of the best comics being published today”—Brian K. Vaughan

G.I. Joe: Retaliation trading cards are a nice old school surprise

A short while ago, thanks to skinny, GeneralsJoes broke the news of G.I. Joe: Retaliation trading cards being quietly released through Enterplay.  Even though the prices seemed a bit stiff, I ordered a few, and discovered that the pricing wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared.

The list price for the Party Pack on the EnterPlay website, actually does mean “6 3-Packs”, which is a count of 18 cards.  I ordered a few and they arrived while I was in Indianapolis.  I cracked them open last night, and was pretty pleasantly surprised.  I’m not a huge trading card collector, but as someone who had his fair share as a kid, opening these packs brought back some very fun old school memories.  Each pack comes with three cards and a sheet of temporary tattoos, and even the tattoos themselves have some neat design aesthetics.

According to EnterPlay there are a total of 48 cards.  These include 39 cards of various scenes and characters throughout the film, and then 9 “character cards” which each have a segment of a movie poster on the back.  I didn’t get a complete collection with my purchase (which ended up being 3 “Party Packs” giving me 54 cards in total) but I was able to score a majority of the cards to complete the collection.  At $5.94 for 18 cards, it wasn’t all that cost-prohibitive either.

For you trading card collectors, or folks just looking to jog some old card collecting memories, I highly recommend picking up some of them from EnterPlay.  You even get some cool shots of obscure characters (like Clutch and Agent Mouse) and some more details behind some scenes that were cut from the final film (like the bar scene).  Check out my gallery of cards below, or if you want to buy some of the cards, hit up Enter-Play.com.

Then, once you get a bunch, let me know if you want to trade!  I need some, but I’m not sure I’m ready to make another $30 purchase.  :)

Some great visual effects articles for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

A few more articles came through the Internet while I was in Indianapolis, and thanks to Twitziller for pointing them out.

On Flickering Myth, they take a massive and extremely in depth look at many of the effects used throughout the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film.  This is a huge article but has some really cool information about the film and what was required to get some of these visual effects  implemented.

On the Art of VFX site, they speak with Bill George who was the VFX Supervisor from Industrial Light and Magic.  They look mostly at the mountain battle sequence and London’s destruction, but there is some other insight throughout the article as well.

Good stuff here.

Slashfilm posts Jon Chu segment from their FilmAid broadcast

Shortly before the G.I. Joe Convention, Slashfilm.com had performed a marathon “FilmAid” broadcast, a 10 hour marathon to raise funds for the FilmAid charity.  Part of this marathon was a great interactive interview with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu.

No worries, you don’t have to listen to all 10 hours, if you just want to hear Jon Chu, Slashfilm has posted just the Chu segment right here.  The segment is almost half an hour long, and is very entertaining and provides some excellent insight into the film.

Kudos to Slashfilm for their work on this and for raising over $10,000 for this great charity, and thanks to Twitziller for letting me know this was online.

Great insight into Box Office Returns related to G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Cruising around the web on my post G.I. Joe Convention tour, I found a great article from Forbes.com speaking specifically about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and how well Paramount handled the marketing and development of the film.  While the person writing the article has no real love for the film itself, he provides some excellent insight into the box office so far, and lays out great groundwork for when a film really starts making money.

His perspective on the rocky road for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is very honest, very fair, and even though he’s not a fan of the movie, it sounds like Paramount made the right move in doing what they did, and the result has been fantastic financially.

Yes, we were all lamenting the nine month delay (believe me, I was among the most vocal) but turns out that 3D conversion and how it impacted the foreign market may have just salvaged the G.I. Joe brand and nearly guaranteed a third film.  Check out the article on Forbes.com.