2014 G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals hints at exclusive details

As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.

I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.

Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL

No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question.  I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?

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Cobra Septic Tank MK II

Images from the comic show a DTC HISS!  That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect.  We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.

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G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack

Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear!  We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap?  Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?

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Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack

I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.

Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.

It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure.  It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program.  They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though.  Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year.  Check out the full gallery of images below.

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Get it while it’s hot!  Issue #14 marks the grand finale of IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title, which was a rocky replacement for the Snake Eyes solo book that never really seemed to catch on with Joe fans or other readers.

The last issue is hitting comic shops tomorrow, so grab it while you can, and then wait for “The Fall of G.I. Joe” which should be coming later this year.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

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

G.I. JOE—AMBUSHED! When the SPECIAL MISSIONS convoy faces a surprise attack from COBRA troopers and a dangerous sniper, it’s up to LOW LIGHT—G.I. JOE’s own long-range specialist—to turn the tables and get the team out in one piece!

Join the SPECIAL MISSIONS team for one last covert mission!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The end of SPECIAL MISSIONS!
  • Variant Cover by S L Gallant!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200

As a collective, Marvel G.I. Joe fans have been hotly anticipating this huge release for quite a while now, and finally that day has arrived!  Larry Hama and SL Gallant have teamed up to bring G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 to Joe fans everywhere, and it also marks Gallant as the longest running artist in the book’s history!  That seems unbelievable, but it’s true.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier.  Gallant has a great artistic style, and is able to infuse character and dramatic action, while also being very faithful in the representation of realistic elements like weapons and vehicles.  It’s a critical mixture of skills that not many artists can capture.  Gallant does it perfectly.  I couldn’t be more pleased that he now has this landmark to his name, and I am greatly looking forward to his continuing run on this great book.

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200!

The day is finally here!  After what seems like a forever long wait, the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero arrives on Wednesday, and in celebration of its arrival, you can check out the preview below.

With Larry Hama on writing duties and SL Gallant continuing his impressive art streak, we see a massive G.I. Joe armored division going head to head with Cobra forces in the Utah desert.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200—GEM OF THE MONTH

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Gallant, Herb Trimpe (c)

This is it: the landmark 200th issue in this long-running series! G.I. JOE returns to the Pit, but things are not as they expected at their homebase. HAWK and DUKE prepare to take the team into a new era, as COBRA’s plans and new threats require a fresh approach.  Join the adventure in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 and prepare for the next 200!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:

  • This is it! The landmark 200th issue of A Real American Hero!
  • Extra-sized issue, with bonus content!
  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!
  • Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!

First tease for upcoming “Fall of G.I. Joe” IDW series coming later this year

Many fans were left wondering what was up with IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe series when it went missing from solicitation lists posted recently.  I had reached out to Editor in Chief Chris Ryall and got some clarification on that.

Now, over on their Facebook Page, IDW Publishing has let loose the first small teaser for what might be coming later this year.  It’s just a single cover image, and is appropriately called “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.

It’s an intriguing first image, and I know I’m really hoping to hear more as the convention season goes forth.

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Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe #14

Paul Allor’s run on G.I. Joe continues this month, and looks to continue strong as we get back to G.I. Joe’s perspective this month.  With a return of Steve Kurth and a step back towards the more familiar look and  feel of the previous several issues.

See a day in the life of Hashtag as we get a look at her first days on the Joe team and her return to action!  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe #14

Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

SIREN’S SONG! The G.I. JOE team goes toe-to-toe with COBRA’s newest agent! SIREN knows all of COBRA’s secrets—and with the eyes of the world on DUKE and the squad, how will they break her spell?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Siren—a student of the darkest recesses of COBRA’s past—strikes!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams II

Clarification on the future of IDW’s main G.I. Joe title

Many folks have seen that the main G.I. Joe title from IDW Publishing has been noticeably absent from recent solicitation lists, and the rumors were circling that the book might be going the way of “Cobra” and “Special Missions”.

I reached out to Chris Ryall, Editor in Chief at IDW Publishing, and received the following reply:

“…the main title and Cobra are taking a small break. But will be back in a big way with a new team for THE FALL OF G.I. JOE. Coming, of course, this fall.”

 

So, this is pretty cool news.  Not only does this indicate that the main G.I. Joe title is going to be returning, but we’re going to be getting another Cobra book as well at some point this fall.

Meanwhile throughout the summer we can focus on A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe.  I’m very glad to hear this.  Fred Van Lente’s work on the main title had been pretty fun, and Allor’s two follow ups so far were no exception to that either…  so I’m looking forward to seeing where things pick up this fall.  Mr. Ryall also mentioned that they would be discussing this in more depth soon, so expect more information to come.

Big thanks to him for his response!  For G.I. Joe comics fans, I would also encourage you to visit IDWPublishing.com and share the G.I. Joe comic love.  Make sure you get some letters in there for Postbox: The Pit while you’re at it.

Tom Scioli and John Barber talk to Comics Alliance about Transformers and G.I. Joe

Free Comic Day is fast approaching, and Comics Alliance took some time to talk to IDW Editor John Barber and writer Tom Scioli about the upcoming new ongoing Transformers and G.I. Joe title.

Interspersed throughout the interview are some pretty neat looking preview pages of the upcoming title, with lots of great detail about the process both Barber and Scioli are using in sketching out their plan for the book.

It’s a great read, you should check it out over at Comics Alliance.

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Regular Joes Podcast Episode #39 – G.I. Joe hits 50 and 50 hits back

As excited as many Real American Hero fans were about some of the announcements at Toy Fair a short while ago, there is a segment of the community that felt a little bit left out.  So when three representatives from that community invited me onto their podcast to chat about Toy Fair reveals, I jumped at the chance, eager to see their perspective.  It certainly helps that Barry, Tod, and Dave are all great guys who are really closely invested in the G.I. Joe fandom and do regular work for the G.I. Joe Collectors Club!

Well, I couldn’t have had a better time.  All three of them are veritable geek experts (as listeners of their podcast can certainly attest to) and we talked about everything from G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary to Guardians of the Galaxy, Harold Ramis, and many other things in between.  It was a blast.

And folks looking for information about my dio-story may want to listen to… I break a bit of news on that front as well.  :)

Heck, we even talk a little bit about the Adventure Team Chronicles and “Shattered Glass” concept, considering podcast host Tod Pleasant is the writer of that particular adventure.

You can find the latest episode over on iTunes, and the show notes are below.

SHOW NOTES

In 1964 Hasbro introduced G.I. Joe, America’s Movable Fighting Man, and the Action Figure was born. As fans of G.I. Joe gear up to recognize their plastic hero’s golden anniversary, controversy, Joe’s frequent companion, one again makes an appearance. Is Hasbro giving Joe his due? Barry, Dave and Tod, the Regular Joes are joined by Justin Bell from the What’s on Joe Mind podcast to talk it out. Also, a salute to the late great Harold Ramis, with movie picks, and another round of Who Would Win in a Fight. Yo Joe!

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G.I. Joe Solicitations from IDW Publishing – May, 2014

We’re on the verge of some huge events in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200, and with Paul Allor wrapping up his run on G.I. Joe, what’s up next for our American Heroes?

Turns out… not a whole heck of a lot.  :(

May solicitations have hit from IDW Publishing, and we have one title on the list.  G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202 throws us back into the RAH world, but as of this moment, there doesn’t appear to be a main IDW-verse G.I. Joe title on the list.  We knew that Paul Allor’s run would last for four issues (which should wrap in April) but there is currently no apparent heir to that G.I. Joe throne.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a plan in place, but apparently that plan will not involve the month of May.

I’ve reached out to IDW to see if I can figure out what’s up, but until I get a response, check out the solicitations for May, 2014 after the jump.

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