Antonio Fuso reveals variant cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214

The May solicitations from IDW Publishing were released a while ago, and while we saw the main cover for A Real American Hero #214, any variant covers were omitted. Well, thanks to Antonio Fuso’s Twitter account, we can now get a look at one of those other variant covers.

Fuso is best known as the artist for the critically acclaimed Cobra and Cobra Files title from IDW Publishing, and I find it fascinating to see his take on the mainstream characters of Snake Eyes and Scarlett.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #214 arrives in May, and features a potentially landscape-altering event in G.I. Joe history. Don’t miss it, and check out the variant cover below.

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IDW Transformers Humble Bundle is a fantastic deal and helps kids to boot

One of the reasons why my site has evolved a bit over the past few days is that my attachment to brands outside the
narrow scope of G.I. Joe has increased substantially with the new Transformers: Combiner Wars line from Hasbro as well
as Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics, but it’s not just the toys that are drawing me in, it’s the universes.

This is especially true of IDW Publishing’s Transformers. Between More Than Meets the Eye and Transformers (formerly  Robots In Disguise) IDW is doing some amazing things on paper with the Transformers characters, but even more important,  in my view, is how synergistic Hasbro is operating in line with those comics. It’s nearly unparalleled. I’ve already discussed how the Combiner Wars Wave 2 tech spec bio’s are written in character with Rung and Soundwave, and now IDW is on the verge of unleashing their Combiner Wars comic nearly right in line with the toy series release. It’s impressive.

But it’s taken some folks a while to catch on to this, so many folks are a bit out of the loop in how great IDW has been with these books.

Well, here’s your chance to get caught up. The IDW Publishing Transformers “Humble Bundle” offers a metric ton of Transformers comics for a name-your-price deal that not only will get you caught up with Transformers, but also shoots money to Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital as well. It’s a fantastic way to get a lot of comics for not a lot of cash, and also help sick kids. How can you possibly go wrong?

Check out the full details of the Humble Bundle, and snap it up…you will be very glad you did.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

Yes, I know I’m running a bit more than a week behind, but I feel so strongly about  Costa’s new G.I. Joe story that I wanted to get a review posted anyway.  If G.I. Joe fans aren’t paying attention to this book, you’re doing yourself a real disservice.  Even folks who are not huge fans of Snake Eyes (like me) should crack open these pages and soak them in.

Click the Continue Reading link below for the full review.

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe (Season 4) #6

The latest issue of G.I. Joe’s main title comes out today, so check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe #6

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

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! COBRA stands tall, but will SCARLETT and her G.I. JOE team manage to turn the tables? Political intrigue collides head-on with military action as the darkest chapter in G.I. JOE history unfolds!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War) and Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, AvX Consequences) continue their controversial run!
  • Hard-hitting, real-world intrigue!

Preview for IDW Publishing Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

I was very pleasently surprised by the first issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, which went in directions that I was honestly not envisioning…it certainly appears that Mike Costa has not lost any of the magic he had from Cobra and the Cobra Files.

The second issue is hitting comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2 (of 5)

Mike Costa (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

SNAKE EYES begins his mission for COBRA: tracking down the former COBRA COMMANDER’s son and bringing him in. But SNAKE EYES is not the only COBRA agent on the hunt… as Storm Shadow enters the fray, looking for revenge!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Will Storm Shadow have his revenge against SNAKE EYES?

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for May, 2015

IDW has released their solicitations list for May, 2015, revealing the details of G.I. Joe themed titles for the month.

Curiously, there is no indication of a regular G.I. Joe title release for the month, however both Real American Hero and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra are present and accounted for.

There’s nothing for Transformers and G.I. Joe either, but I believe that’s a limited series which may be said and done by then. Considering the critical acclaim surrounding it, though, one must wonder if it’s destined to become an ongoing…

Check out the full list of solicitation information after the break.

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Adam Riches reveals Cobra-filled exclusive cover for Real American Hero #212

IDW is treating their upcoming 212th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero as a major event, as well they should.  For spoiler reasons, I’ll avoid the details that have emerged regarding this issue, but all you need to know is G.I. Joe fan (and artist of some of the FSS package art) Adam Riches has revealed the Emerald Comics exclusive cover for this issue.

Taking a page from the Devils’ Due G.I. Joe group cover, Adam has meticulously included all sorts of various Cobra agents from many different G.I. Joe continuities, and it’s marvelous.

Over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Page on Facebook he posted the first look at this cover…just looking through it and picking out all the various characters is an exercise of nostalgia.  Check out the mirrored image below.  It’s insanely cool.

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EDIT – Here’s a full Press Release for this exclusive comic:

To celebrate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s landmark issue #212 The Death of Snake-Eyes (pt. 1) Emerald City Comics has partnered with IDW Publishing to create this limited edition variant cover, which acts a companion piece to 2007’s G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25 (which featured the G.I. Joe hero roster).

This cover is the definitive G.I. Joe’s rouges gallery, featuring nearly every enemy the G.I. Joe team has faced over their 33 year history. With characters representing all eras of G.I. Joe, from the toy lines (ARAH, Sgt. Savage, Extreme, Built To Rule, Sigma 6), cartoons (Sunbow, DiC), movies (ROC, Retaliation) and comics (Marvel, DDP, IDW)!

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #212 EMERALD CITY EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COBRA COVER
The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1
Adam Riches (cover) • Larry Hama (writer) • S L Gallant (artist)
G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him back sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!
FC • 32 pages

-Each book will ship bagged and boarded, with a special custom backboard featuring a fully numbered checklist of all the characters on the cover!

-At 280, this is the most G.I. Joe characters ever published in a single illustration!

-It is the first ever wrap-around cover for the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero main title!

-This is part 1 (of 3) of the long-awaited “The Death of Snake Eyes” story arc!

-Each signed edition will include an Emerald City Certificate of Authenticity.

The book is scheduled to ship in mid-March, but is currently available for pre-order RIGHT NOW at the links below:

Pre-orders are available right now from Emerald City’s online shop!
REGULAR:
http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/G-I–JOE-A-REAL-AMERICAN-HERO-212-EMERALD-CITY-EXCLUSIVE-VARIANT-COBRA-COVER.php
or
SIGNED:
http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/G-I–JOE-A-REAL-AMERICAN-HERO-212-EMERALD-CITY-EXCLUSIVE-VARIANT-COBRA-COVER-SIGNED.php

Pre-orders are also currently available for sale directly from Emerald City, through Ebay!
REGULAR:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231479830468
or
SIGNED:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331479118478


About Emerald City Comics: Emerald City has been servicing the Tampa Bay/St. Pete/Clearwater area since 1989, and is one of the largest comic and collectible retail stores in the state of Florida. For more info, visit us online at: www.EmeraldCityComics.com

About the artist: Since 2012, Adam Riches has been illustrating the packaging art for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and Convention action figures. This is his first cover for IDW’s G.I. Joe A Real American Hero. You can view more of his work at www.AdamRiches.com

About IDW Publishing: Founded in 1999, IDW Publishing is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best-Seller list. www.idwpublishing.com

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 4) #5

Karen Traviss has been putting this new G.I. Joe team through the ringer, and she’s not done yet.  Political intrigue and special operations action all come to a head in this fifth issue of IDW’s G.I. Joe title.

Check out the full preview below, and this issue hits stands tomorrow.

G.I. Joe #5

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

FALL OF G.I. JOE! Tensions escalate as new dangers emerge. What can the G.I. JOE team do to combat a COBRA the world views as heroes? As SCARLETT leads the team, former G.I. JOE agent DUKE searches for answers.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • First issue of an all-new arc!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

It’s been a great couple of weeks for G.I. Joe comics!  Last week we were treated to the first issue of Costa’s excellent Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, and this week Serpentor makes his abrupt return in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  Combine all this with Karen Traviss’ great work of political intrigue in the main series, and Tom Scioli’s certifiably insane Transformers/G.I. Joe amalgamation, and there’s truly something for everyone.

Check out my review of the latest ARAH issue after the break!

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

Resurrecting the ultimate evil in Cobra leadership sounds like a brilliant plan to me…  and it looks like in issue #210, the G.I. Joe team may just see how brilliant it is.

The latest issue of A Real American Hero hits comic shops tomorrow, and check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Revanche and the Blue Ninjas have set their sights on the Arashikage clan, bringing the fight to Japan! Meanwhile, COBRA members COPPERHEAD, SCRAP IRON, and FIREFLY set their sinister plan into motion…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

•    Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!