GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #12

Today marks the first issue of Paul Allor’s four issue run on G.I. Joe, and he goes in a little bit of a different direction than we saw Fred Van Lente throughout the first eleven issues.

While much of  Van Lente’s run focused on the mainstream G.I. Joe team with lots of all out action, Allor’s first issue is decidedly Cobra themed, with more than its fair share of exposition.  A very interesting dichotomy from the first eleven issues.

Ultimately, how successful is it?  The full review is below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 2.0 Widescope and Skullbuster!

As we march towards 2014, it’s “catch up” time with reviews that have fallen slightly behind. GeneralsJoes covered Shipwreck and Airtight yesterday, and today we’re tackling Wide Scope and Skullbuster. Certainly an eclectic series of choices for the first four figures, but it’s making me pretty excited as we move forward, as there are still a lot of highly desirable figures left to come.

Check out the GeneralsJoes G.I. Joe Collectors Club Review Page, or just click the links directly below:


Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe (Season 3) #12

As mentioned yesterday, the latest issue of IDW Publishing’s flagship G.I. Joe title should be hitting comic shops today with the holiday tomorrow, and it’s the first issue of the latest season without Fred VanLente at the helm. Taking over for him is Paul Allor, who is doing a four issue arc, starting that arc off with a look at past iterations of Cobra Commander.

Check out the preview below!

G.I. Joe #12

Paul Allor (w) • Alex Cal, S L Gallant, Atilio Rojo, Nicole Virella (p) • Steve Kurth (c)

The Secret History of COBRA! In the aftermath of COBRA’s New York attack, BARONESS leads a new up-and-coming officer called SIREN around the world—and into the past! SIREN uncovers the secrets of the previous COBRA COMMANDERs—and comes face-to-face with the ruthless current one!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • An all-star line-up of G.I. JOE artists reveal the origins of previous COBRA COMMANDERS!
  • Writer Paul Allor (TMNT Micro-series: Shredder) reveals ancient COBRA secrets!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

First info about Paul Allor’s run on G.I. Joe from Brian Truitt at USA Today

With the holiday week this week, we’re getting new comic day a day early, and tomorrow marks the first issue of “Season 3” of the IDW G.I. Joe title without Fred VanLente at the helm.

Taking over for a quartet of issues is Paul Allor, and he speaks with good friend of GeneralsJoes Brian Truitt from USA Today about the catalyst for his first issue.

Who else but Cobra Commander would serve as a good jumping off point for the G.I. Joe writer over the next four issues?  Allor explores the various iterations of Cobra Commander throughout history, and has some pretty interesting insight.

Check out the full interview on USA Today, along with the preview of G.I. Joe #12.  Then come back to GeneralsJoes tomorrow for a review of the issue!


GeneralsJoes Reviews FSS 2.0 Tiger Force Airtight and Shipwreck!

Yes, yes, I know I’m dreadfully late on getting these reviews up, but the good news is, by the end of the week I’ll have all six of them done and posted.  Better late than never, right?

Considering what 2014 looks like so far, we will want to grab these beauties and hold on to them for dear life, what we get from the G.I. Joe Collectors Club might be all we’re getting for the next year or so.

All of that side, hit up my G.I. Joe Collectors Club reviews page to see these, or just click the links below to go directly.

  1. Airtight (Tiger Force)
  2. Shipwreck (Tiger Force)


G.I. Joe fans – Keep an eye out for the Death of Captain America Novel

I’m sure most of us have heard that the new Captain America 2: Winter Soldier film is coming out next April, and to celebrate the film’s release, Marvel is also releasing a prose novel following the landmark “Death of Captain America” comic book arc.

The original comic arc followed Captain America’s assassination as well as spiraled into the machinations of the Winter Soldier following his debut in the comic arc previous to it. It’s an interesting way to tie the film in with comic history, but even more interesting to G.I. Joe fans is the person writing the novel.

Marvel has tapped none other than Larry Hama to write this novel, and in a great interview with Newsarama he talks about the process of writing this exciting adventure, which interestingly enough was the first time he really dealt with Captain America himself as a central character.

Part of what led to this work was Hama’s terrific original novel trilogy The Stranger, which is available on and is a book that I strongly recommend to folks who enjoy a good story in the familiar Hama style. Check out the full interview at

Thanks to Facebook from Eduardo for the heads up!

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode #88 4 Hour Holiday Spectacular!

Yes, we know the episodes have been a little more sporadic lately, but hopefully this four hour marathon makes up for it. We spend a healthy two hours talking to resident toy expert Mark Bellomo about G.I. Joe and the toy industry in general, and complement that great interview with some looks at recent G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announcements, plus a look back at 2013 and a look ahead to next year.

Check out our Podbean page to listen to this latest episode, or just use the embedded player below, and take a peek at the show notes after the jump.

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Guru Planet Custom Figures for Sale!

Vintage and new G.I. Joe collectible store doesn’t just sell retail figures, they also have some great customs for sale as well.

Check out their custom figures for sale at the link below.

Guru Planet Custom Figures for Sale

Jon Chu puts a halt on Duke rumors…and filming begins next year!

As many of us suspected, the rampant rumors of a Channing Tatum “Duke” revival were taken somewhat out of context during an interview with upcoming G.I. Joe 3 director Jon Chu. In speaking with Coming Soon, he elaborates on his comments a bit:

CS: I’ve heard rumors that you’re trying to figure out how to bring Channing Tatum to “G.I. Joe,” which may be tough, considering he’s dead.

Chu: It all gets carried away again. They asked me about Channing and I don’t know. You never know in these movies, and that’s all I said, and suddenly it became “Channing Tatum might be back.” To me, every possibility is open and we’re writing the script right now and we’re figuring everything out. It’s an extremely low possibility when you kill somebody like that, it’s pretty much it, but you never know with “G.I. Joe.” We did that with Storm Shadow, too.

So as we can all see, don’t necessarily anticipate a big Tatum return.

Perhaps the more interesting discussion about G.I. Joe 3, though, revolves around filming for the upcoming motion picture:

CS: Is that something you might be far enough along on that you’ll be shooting next year? Or is it too early to tell?

Chu: I think we’re going to be shooting next year. We’re pretty motivated to get that up.

So, a mere 2 years after filming for the second film we’re going to be immersed in the process of filming G.I. Joe 3? Yeah, I’ll take it!

Check out for the full interview.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from GeneralsJoes

I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus or just enjoy the festive Holiday season, we wish you the best, and please take a moment to think of those who are less fortunate this time of year. No, there are no potential G.I. Joes to go under the tree this year, but there are a lot of other reasons to celebrate, and hopefully every one of you has a terrific holiday.

Even with some slow G.I. Joe news, I greatly appreciate each and every person who stops by the site and spends just a few minutes sharing their life with me and this site.

Happy Holidays!