IDW Solicitations for December, 2013 reveals the fate of the Cobra Files

Say it ain’t so!

Arguably the single best IDW G.I. Joe book since it first debuted, Mike Costa’s excellent book focusing on the seedy underbelly of the G.I. Joe universe looks to be wrapping up its impressive run in December of this month. IDW Publishing solicitations have been released, and confirmed within those solicitations is that Issue #9 will be the final issue for G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files.

This is a punch in the gut to many Joe fans who considered Costa’s work to be among the best the IDW G.I. Joe universe has been graced with over the past several years. Building a fantastic, gritty universe for our G.I. Joe and Cobra characters to battle in, Costa did what many have never dared to do. Take a somewhat outlandish and sometimes campy concept and turn it dark, dreary, and melodramatic, yet still retain the same sense of contained adventure. It was a very impressive direction to go, and Costa has been doing it nearly flawlessly for several years.

While that’s the headline of the December solicitations, there are many other interesting elements to that month as well (particularly Fred Van Lente’s last issue with the G.I. Joe flagship title). Check out the full solicitation list below.

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G.I. Joe #11

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE ORIGIN OF ROADBLOCK! How did a humble army chef become the man-mountain we know and love? (Hint: It wasn’t through home cooking!)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A powerful tale of one of the most popular G.I. Joe team members!
  • Variant cover by Ryan Dunlavey!

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G.I. Joe: Special Missions #10

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)

DESTRO MUST DIE—PART ONE! The Special Missions team recruits Copperback from a Supermax prison to lead them to her former employer: Laird DESTRO. COBRA’s favorite weapons maker is in G.I. JOE’s crosshairs. But only if they can survive their alliance with the deadly and duplicitous Copperback.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Paul Gulacy returns for another action-packed arc!
  • Variant cover by S L Gallant!

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G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #9

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS – PART 2! TOMAX and CHAMELEON meet face-to-face amid the chaos that the Crimson Twin has unleashed on G.I. JOE’s covert facility. Who will walk away alive? Will either of them? DON’T MISS THE EXPLOSIVE CONCLUSION TO G.I. JOE: THE COBRA FILES!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • IT ALL ENDS HERE! FINAL ISSUE OF G.I. JOE: THE COBRA FILES!
  • Variant cover by Riley Rossmo!

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE ROAD TO #200 CONTINUES! G.I. JOE has been set-up! As most of America’s Elite are taken prisoner in Sierra Gordo, it’s up to the few support members left behind to launch an offensive. But when COBRA realizes G.I. JOE is spread so thin, they get ready to launch an offensive of their own. This just might be G.I. JOE’s darkest hour, in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #197!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA strikes G.I. JOE when they’re down! Can G.I. JOE recover?
  • ONLY 4 ISSUES LEFT TO G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200!
  • Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 8

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant, Sergio Cariello & Larry Hama (a) • S L Gallant (c)

LADY JAYE’s team is led into the jungles of southeast Asia for a mission that will pit G.I. JOE against an enemy they thought long gone. Meanwhile, COBRA COMMANDER is ready to launch an offensive strike that will bring G.I. JOE to its knees. The mighty shall fall and COBRA will rise again.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-826-5

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #191–195.

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G.I. JOE: America’s Elite, Disavowed Vol. 2

Joe Casey (w) • Stefano Caselli, Nelson Blake II, Pat Quinn, Juan Barramco & Josh Medors (a) • The Sharp Bros. (c)

The G.I. JOE team is sent on a rescue mission for Scarlett and all return except for Snake Eyes. Is he dead or alive? The hunt is on to find out. Meanwhile, Duke is captured in the Amazon forest and “interrogated” by a Crimson Guardsman, all leading to a massive Ninja showdown.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-827-2

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #7–12 of “America’s Elite.”

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: America’s Elite, Disavowed Vol. 1  • FC • $24.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-704-6

3 thoughts on “IDW Solicitations for December, 2013 reveals the fate of the Cobra Files

  1. Acosta’s work always served up the reader with rich stories, complex yet subtle character development, and rewarding plot twists. As a kid that grew up watching the cartoon and playing with the tools, G.I. Joe Cobra was one of my favorite childhood pastimes all grown up for the older me. I will be sad to see it gone.

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