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.
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.
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.
Relish new comic day tomorrow, G.I. Joe fans, as it might be one of the last times we get a “Two for One” G.I. Joe comic day. With Cobra already gone and Special Missions wrapping up in April, pretty soon we’ll be down to just the flagship title and A Real American Hero (with Scioli’s Transformers and G.I. Joe coming in a short bit). So soak this in while you can.
Brace yourself, too, as the race to Real American Hero #200 heats up with one more step towards the big G.I. Joe vs. Cobra showdown! Check out previews for these two issues below.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN! G.I. JOE has escaped the situation in Sierra Gordo intact… but COBRA has taken over their headquarters! That means only one thing: it’s time for a head-to-head confrontation between America’s best and the villainous COBRA COMMANDER’s forces. Join the battle in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199 and prepare for everything to change in next month’s landmark issue #200!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
ONLY 1 ISSUE LEFT UNTIL G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200!
Variant Cover by Larry Hama!
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #12
Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)
DESTRO MUST DIE part three! It’s a three-way showdown between the JOEs, COPPERBACK and a mysterious Mark II B.A.T. in an abandoned town from the old Soviet Union. And HELIX is here to tip the balance. The search for DESTRO continues and the noose around the villainous highlander begins to tighten!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy bring back a fan-favorite character!
Okay, now that my brain has stopped exploding from the combination of awesome witnessed in this preview, I can write a little post about it.
CBR sat down and chatted with Larry Hama about his run on G.I. Joe comics, and looked towards March and the release of G.I. Joe #200. We get a little insight into what to expect with this landmark issue, but best of all, a few preview pages are shown including the best image I’ve ever seen:
SL Gallant + G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero + Sigma 6 themed Cobra Commander.
My soul is smiling.
Check out the whole article right here, and brace yourself for some great images of a Cobra army of HISS Tanks preparing to face off against the G.I. Joe team with some truly great old school vibe to it. I’ve mirrored one image below, but the rest are over at CBR.
Ever since it was first announced with Scioli at the helm, I’ve been fascinated by the prospect of this new Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series. Scioli has a tremendously vintage artistic style, and judging by this preview, that style is infused throughout the entire story as well as the art.
The first issue apparently starts out with a bang, as G.I. Joe charges en masse into a Cobra compound, facing deadly creeper vines, Dr. Venom, and Major Bludd. All after a cool sequence between Starscream and Bumblebee, of course.
It’s an interesting aesthetic. I’m sure there will be some Joe fans who are a bit turned off by the distinctive look and feel, but I kinda love it. It calls back to a simpler time, and I love that things are pretty wide open. Once you see Snake Eyes in action, you’ll know what I mean.
I love the dichotomy between the classic Duke and Cobra Commander and the Pursuit of Cobra HISS…very interesting to read, too, that Gallant is now officially the longest tenure artist on the title. That is shocking, but very cool as well. It certainly helps that I’m a huge fan of his work.
With the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on the way from IDW Publishing, the editorial team is looking to bring back the always exciting Postbox: The Pit letter’s page!
Over on the IDW Publishing forums, editor Carlos Guzman has opened a thread asking for questions to be submitted for the letter’s page for Issue #200, and apparently Larry Hama himself will endeavor to answer them!
If Paul Allor’s work on G.I. Joe Issue #12 is any indication, we’re going to be the lucky ones once Issue #13 hits comic stores tomorrow. Diving back into the past of the Cobra organization, Allor managed to weave a very interesting historical tale, and nicely develop various different Cobra Commanders from centuries past, even though he only had a few pages to devote to each one.
This next issue continues that look back into the depths of Cobra’s history, and I’m excited to check it out. Until then, take a peek at the preview below.
G.I. Joe #13
Paul Allor (w) • Robert Atkins, Alex Cal, Chris Evenhuis (p) • Steve Kurth (c)
THE SECRET HISTORY OF COBRA COMMANDER! BARONESS leads COBRA’s newest recruit, the enigmatic SIREN, on a journey through history to the earliest days of COBRA… but what is SIREN’s secret?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The secret history of the COBRA COMMANDER through the ages!
Quite awhile ago, we had the unique opportunity to interview a couple of the guys from the Hot Toys Podcast, and while it took us a little while to get this posted (apologies Jim and Eamon) with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock on the precipice of release, it seems apt to get this out there now.
Along with talking with those fine folks, we cover all of the G.I. Joe news and information, and even touch on the big “NO JOES in 2014″ topic that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head over the past week.
As always, hit up Podbean or check out the embedded player below, and show notes are after the jump.