Fred Van Lente to leave G.I. Joe flagship title with Issue #11

Only a few short days after I reviewed G.I. Joe #7 and praised Van Lente for his interesting new direction for G.I. Joe, Newsarama reports that as of issue #11, Van Lente is leaving the title. They post a full blown interview of the writer of G.I. Joe, and it appears that the departure is scheduled and amicable.

Interestingly enough, Van Lente will be leaving the book on a Roadblock origin series, which will supposedly feature a Sigma 6 style cameo! Interesting.

Artist Steve Kurth is staying on the book, and a new writer has not yet been announced.

Best of luck to Fred on his future endeavors! He’s always been very approachable and a great resource for the fans throughout his time on the title, I’ll be watching to see what else he has up his sleeve.

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Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #6

I still don’t quite understand how Mike Costa did it, but somehow he took one of my least liked elements of the IDW universe (the prevalence of “green shirt” characters) and twisted it all around into something interesting. Clockspring has quickly become a deeply layered character central to the Cobra Files mythology, and I find myself wanting to tune into this title every month to see what he’s going to do next. Right? Not Flint, not Lady Jaye, not even Chameleon or Tomax. Friggen Clockspring.

Go figure.

Issue #6 hits comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #6

Mike Costa (w) • Werther Dell’edera (a) • Dell’edera, Antonio Fuso (c)

THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO, Part 2! After being captured by the enemy and seeing the team’s mission fall apart, FLINT’s faith in his leadership abilities has been shaken. Can FLINT keep things together and help the team get past their mistakes… or have the cracks begun to show?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· The Origin of Flint!
· Variant cover by Riley Rossmo!