GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209

Today brings us the latest installment in Hama and Gallant’s fantastic continuation of the Real American Hero mythology.  I’ve read the latest issue, check out my thoughts below.

GIJOE ARAH 209

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neal Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Juggling several different storylines, the Real American Hero book continues at a furious pace, trying to tell the Revanche story, the Sean Collins story, the Serpentor story, and the Crimson Guard story all simultaneously, yet trying to also weave them all together into a cohesive thread.

By and large, Larry Hama has been successful integrating all of the various elements into a decent story, though like the infamous Blue Ninja story arc, I am growing a tad bit weary of Revanche, especially after meeting the apparent head of the company here. I can bridge fantasy, science fiction, and realistic military as well as anyone else, but still seeing a cybernetic dude with a dozen robotic eyes growing from his skin takes me just a bit out of my comfort zone.

I will say, I enjoyed the inner conflict within the Joe team over the apparent attempt at resurrecting Serpentor. Most of them realize what a potential mistake it is, yet Joe and Jane seem adamant to go down that road, which will make things very interesting as they shape up.

Storm Shadow becomes a part of the story again, yet again I find myself curious as to how these Revanche cyber-ninjas could be so powerful in the last story arc, yet now, Storm Shadow can single-handedly dispose of a dozen of them with a few sword swipes.

Gallant continues his trend of classic artwork, nicely capturing the look and feel of the vintage G.I. Joe design aesthetic. The thing I love most, though is his sense of motion. Everything is very dramatic and flows nicely from panel-to-panel, yet the impact shots actually feel like they mean something. It’s an excellent bridge between realism and animation and he seems able to walk that line to perfection, which suits the G.I. Joe story well. After all, G.I. Joe itself walks that line between realism and fantasy, it’s only appropriate that the artwork follow that trend.

This was a good issue. Hama and Gallant continue to do great work bringing those classic elements forward and still telling a great tail. It was good to see characters like Airtight and Bazooka, and I would encourage the creative team to continue exploring those (slightly) less known members of the G.I. Joe team. I was a bit disappointed with the mission in Ireland featuring mostly G.I. Joe mainstays like Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Roadblock, and I hope Hama continues to utilize the large and varied roster at his disposal.

A good next step of an issue, though as I said, I am hoping to see some wrap up of the Revanche story line soon.

Previews for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles for Wednesday, December 17th

Yeah, I know new comic day has already come and gone, but figured folks who hadn’t made it to their comic shops yet might want to scope these out anyway. Both Real American Hero #209 and G.I. Joe #4 hit today, check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe #4
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
ON THE RUN! The G.I. Joe team is in pursuit of their target, a revolutionary warlord—but he has a snake in his midst… as the COBRA peacekeeping force circles, SCARLETT’s decisions force other military agencies into action.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Superstar novelist Karen Traviss and the G.I. Joe veteran Steve Kurth take the team to uncharted territory!
· Variant Cover by David Williams!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
The secrets and true dangers of the Revanche Corporation have become clear to G.I. JOE… but will this new threat keep G.I. JOE from uncovering COBRA’s newest plot? The mysterious pile up as time runs out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!

IDW’s G.I. Joe #3 and Transformers and G.I. Joe #4 Previews

Today is new comic day, and IDW Publishing is releasing two G.I. Joe themed issues today. The fourth “season” of the flagship G.I. Joe title hits issue #3 today, complimented by the zany and wild fourth issue of Transformers and G.I. Joe by Tom Scioli.

Check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe #3

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE continues…and things get worse. Who is Duke working for—and why? Plus—while the G.I. JOE team is under fire, Scarlett struggles to hold them together…and the COBRA peacekeeping force continue its advance.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Bold new era continues with superstar writer Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)!
  • In the battlefield, there’s no black and white—only shades of gray.
  • Connecting Variant cover by David Williams!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #4

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home—and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS—on Earth and Cybertron. Plus—just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The biggest crossover the cosmos has ever faced JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER!!!
  • Ask your retailer about the Tom Scioli connecting variant cover! Connects with the variants for #2 & #3 creating one big piece!

Something big in the works for IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero?

It’s the vaguest of notions right now, especially since the arc is a few months away, but over on his fan-focused Facebook Page, Larry Hama made a startling admission today…

I think it’s a safe bet that the story arc in GI JOE ARAH that is comprised of issues #212, 213 and 214 will be fairly collectible.

Keep in mind that Larry Hama never really goes out of his way to promote his work, and has fully admitted to not having much sketched out continuity-wise. Issue #208 just hit shelves, so this is a few months out, but this should be interesting to keep an eye on to say the least. According to IDW Solicitations there is a big character return around that time, so…

Continue to watch Larry Hama’s Fan Page and see if any more news drops!

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for February, 2014

IDW Publishing has posted their solicitation list for upcoming comics for February, 2014 including new issues for the main G.I. Joe title, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.

As one might expect, you could find spoilers below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

I was hoping to get this published last week, but time was not on my side.  But better late than never.

Hama and Gallant once again dive into the classic Real American Hero world, yet manage to bring some new things to the table.  Are they all good?  I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m willing to buckle up and take the ride.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #208 and Volume 10 TPB

Tomorrow brings us a couple of nice visits to the old school Real American Hero universe courtesy of Larry Hama, SL Gallant, and many other talented folks. Both the latest issue of Real American Hero as well as the collected Volume 10 should be out tomorrow and below you can see some previews!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE’s operation in Dublin continues, with the team blazing forward with a mind to avenge their fallen comrade. But when they discover the truth of what PALE PEONY and JINX have been investigating, G.I. JOE will have to make some tough calls and take tougher actions to stop the malevolent Revanche Corporation.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 10

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With COBRA on the run and the Pit in shambles, DUKE leads the team into a brave new era, as new teams are formed and G.I. JOE finds another base of operations. Plus, TORPEDO leads a dangerous rescue mission in Olliestan.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-154-1

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #201–205!

Rest in Peace, Jeremy Dale

It is with shock and sadness that I report the sudden passing of comic artist Jeremy Dale who apparently passed away in his sleep a few short nights ago from an undisclosed illness. Jeremy performed the art chores of many interiors for G.I. Joe comics that were packaged with the 25th Anniversary Comic Packs. He relished his place in the G.I. Joe hierarchy and was extremely active in the convention circuit. He always took time to talk to all of the fans that came his way and legitimately appeared to love being a part of G.I. Joe comic history.

The family asks that you leave condolences over on the Jeremy Dale Facebook page and keep watching there for any updates.

Everyone here at GeneralsJoes wishes the Dale family and friends our deepest, most sincere condolences.

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January Solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles

Some cool, new G.I. Joe themed things are coming at us in 2015, and IDW has just released their solicitation list, featuring the premier issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, not to mention a possible revelation about exactly who is in that mysterious glass tube in G.I. Joe’s new PIT headquarters!

Check out the full solicitation list after the jump.

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