Variant covers for IDW’s Revolution #1 revealed

Comic Book Resources has revealed images from the upcoming variant covers for IDW Publishing’s “Revolution” series.  There are five variants to the first issue, and the article also includes an amazing piece of art by John Byrne,  Something about seeing Byrne draw a handful of G.I. Joe characters just gives me a warm feeling, and I gotta admit, I’m quickly warming up to seeing MASK and the Joes running alongside each other.  I may be slowly getting on board this whole shared universe train.

Check out the full details at Comic Book Resources, and the mirrored images below.

Big kudos to Adam Riches for his contribution – the cover with a toy homage to Optimus Prime and Scarlett.  Looks pretty boss, Adam!

IDW Publishing’s “Revolution” revealed!

UPDATE – I reached out to Chris Ryall, editor at IDW to inquire about A Real American Hero, and he confirmed that this title will be “untouched by the #IDWRevolution”.  Great news!


Well, I’m not generally one to pat myself on the back, but…

For a while, IDW Publishing has been promoting a mysterious “Revolution”, hinting at some major storyline or paradigm shift with their comics, and sure enough, Entertainment Weekly brings news that this “Revolution” happens in September.

A short while ago, I posited that this rumored “Revolution” would potentially feature an alignment of IDW’s Hasbro properties, and indeed that looks to be what’s happening here.

Revolution is a five-part biweekly series which brings the Hasbro universes together, and as a result of this coming together, the M.A.S.K. title will be born.

Now, all of this doesn’t come without its share of risks.  According to editor Chris Ryall, all titles are going to be relaunched with new #1 issues, though Ryall also stresses that this is NOT a reboot.  The universes are coalescing in new ways, but past history is not just being wiped away here.

I think this is a fascinating concept, and may hopefully provide some insight into what Hasbro might be attempting with their huge cinematic universe initiative.  We’ll see how successful things are.  To me, the real question is whether Real American Hero is going to reset, or whether this will be the birth of a new main line G.I. Joe #1.  These are questions I’m going to work to find the answers to, but for now, it seems like an interesting and exciting concept, and I’ll be eagerly anticipating the results in September.

Check out the full article with a great interview with Chris Ryall over on Entertainment Weekly.


Special exclusive G.I. Joe/Transformers Cover for Roll Out Roll Call!

An exciting announcement from the folks at Roll Out Roll Call!  Attendees of the show in London Heathrow will get a special opportunity to own Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #13 with a special exclusive cover by Robert Atkins and Joana LaFuente.

There will be a run of only 250 of these exclusive covers featuring a number of characters played by convention guests Morgan Lofting and Neil Ross. Your best chance to get this exclusive comic is at Roll Out Roll Call!  Along with this, they’ve already announced exclusive availability of previously sold out Botcon exclusives!

The show is July 8th – 9th at London Heathrow and is a favorite show for many fans.  Boss Fight Studio will be there, likely with a bunch of product in hand to sell!

There’s going to be lots to love about this year’s Roll Out Roll Call, and you can find all of the great details over on their Facebook page.  Tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait!


IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for August, 2016

Things look to be getting somewhat quiet on the IDW G.I. Joe comic front as we move towards the end of summer.  IDW Publishing has released their solicitations list for August, 2016 and there is essentially just a single new entry on it (with the other being the final TPB collection of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe)   Check them out below.


Transformers vs G.I. Joe, Vol. 3

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

The biggest space battle ever grows to universal proportions! Will the G.I. JOE team and the AUTOBOTS make peace—before COBRA and the DECEPTICONS end the war… the bad way?! Collects issues #10–13.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-693-5

Bullet points:

  • The series you never thought would happen comes to its thunderous conclusion!

Offered Again!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE, Vol. 1 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-190-9

Transformers vs G.I. JOE, Vol. 2 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-270-8


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #231: Snake In The Grass, Part 2

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Duke reckons with the most difficult choice of his life… while COBRA scrambles to contain the dangerous new agent in their midst!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #231: Snake In The Grass, Part 2—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Betrayal might bring the end to G.I. JOE and COBRA!

Larry Hama set another trend on Wednesday…did anyone notice?

Maybe I’ve missed the discussion, because I’ll grant you I’m not in too many comic book circles, but this past Wednesday saw the release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228, and with that one, mostly incidental comic issue, Larry Hama took another trendsetting step that I hope more publishers take note of.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a mostly male dominated comic, but one thing that has always shone through with G.I. Joe is the strong female characters that permeate the universe, even though they’re somewhat smaller in number.

On Wednesday, those females took over.  For 22 pages, Hama wrote a story told only using female characters within the G.I. Joe universe.  It wasn’t gratuitous, it wasn’t shouted from the rooftops or proclaimed as some big “event”, it was just done.  Baroness, Zarana, Dawn, Lady Jaye, Scarlett, Jinx, Cover Girl, Dr. Biggles-Jones, Cassandra Knox and several others drove the story as if it were just another issue of the comic.  No story was sacrificed, no punches were pulled, it just happened, and it was pretty great.

As most of you are aware, back in the 80s Larry wrote a now legendary comic, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21, and has freely admitted that back then it really didn’t get much notice.  People saw it as a gimmick and nothing more, but in the decades since, it has been elevated to legendary status and replicated by all manner of other comic writers and publishers.  He’s always managed to stay ahead of the curve.

I’m really impressed that this latest issue took this great step without making it a big deal.  Girls are part of G.I. Joe, that’s just the way it is, and they can be a major part of the story (or the only part) without any sacrifice to plot or action.  Not just that, but they’re such a normal part of the story, it’s not even a big deal when they take over the story.  Just another day in the life of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

As a lifelong G.I. Joe fan with two daughters, I applaud Mr. Hama for doing this, and for doing it naturally.  The issue was a great one, and the fact that it was driven by an all female cast only made it better.  If you haven’t grabbed issue #228 yet, you might want to get on that.  I suspect in ten years people may be looking back on it with similar inflection as the great issue #21.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

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

It’s been an ashamedly long time since I devoted pages and words on this site to a review of the latest issue of the Real American Hero comic from IDW Publishing.  I’m not sure why that is, I suspect real life just got in the way, but I’m going to at least try and reconcile that this month.  Fair warning, spoilers will be found below.

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Preview of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

Life has been busy over the past few months, and I realize I’ve let the comic previews slip…shame on me.  COBRA Nation has hit Part 3, and issue #228 of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero lands at comic shops tomorrow.  Check out the preview below.

My hope is to actually get a review of this one posted, too, because it’s a pretty fun issue which actually does something really interesting…

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #228: Cobra Nation, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Things have been quiet on the Cobra front, as far as G.I. JOE can tell… but that may just be because there’s a snake in the grass on the homefront. Could there be a traitor within G.I. JOE’s ranks?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:


Is the Hasbro shared universe starting sooner than we thought?

The stories emerged a while ago that Hasbro was developing their own cinematic shared universe as a way to develop their in house brands and further their entertainment strategy.  In fact, just before Toy Fair 2016, a shareholder presentation revealed this fact, and focused specifically on a potential cinematic universe featuring G.I. Joe, MASK, Visionaries, ROM, and Micronauts.  How these diverse properties will all blend together remains a question, but is it possible that this question may be answered sooner than some of us thought?

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you’ve likely noticed that IDW Publishing has been promoting something called “Revolution”.  Nobody really seems to know what it’s about, but something is evidently in the works.


Now today, from all over social media, various comic creators, writers, etc… are Tweeting about a creative summit to discuss this “Revolution”.  You can see a collection of these Tweets over at Bleeding Cool.

So, evidently, IDW is doing something interesting in advance of Free Comic Book Day and calling it “Revolution”.  Pretty innocuous, right?

Well, let’s connect some dots.  Not too long ago, IDW was rumored to be working on a MASK Comic Book.  IDW is already working on Micronauts and just recently announced the debut of a new ongoing ROM title.

Do you see where this is going?

Several of the creators traveling to this Revolution creative summit are creators who have been involved in some of these Hasbro properties, or are rumored to be involved.

Along with this, you have the apparent debut of a new Action Man (a European extension of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe), and his appearance is apparently in a Free Comic Book day special featuring ROM (which is happening right around this supposed “Revolution”).

As if this isn’t enough, there have been a swath of exclusive covers revealed, showcasing ROM cavorting with all sorts of different Hasbro themed characters.

So with all of this coming together, it seems possible that this “Revolution” might just feature the seeds of this big Hasbro shared universe.

Now, would Hasbro really utilize the IDW comics to kick off this grand scheme?  Honestly, I’m not convinced of that, but there are certainly a lot of coincidences here that lead me to believe we’ll be seeing some coalescence between brands, and that coalescence may begin with the comic pages before it graces the movie screen.

We’ll have to see what these events might mean for G.I. Joe, whether Real American Hero carries that torch, or if IDW might spin up another solo Joe book.

Or, who knows, I may just be full of complete crap.  As long as I get a cool MASK and Visionaries series to go along with it, I’m okay either way.

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for May, 2016

IDW Publishing has released their list of upcoming comic solicitations for May, 2016, including the newest issues of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Street Fighter X G.I. Joe.  Check out all the details below.


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #4 (of 6)

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)

The World Warrior Tournament enters the finals, and M. Bison will stop at nothing to be the last one standing! Can the Street Fighters and G.I. JOE stop the Shadaloo dictator before he takes the top spot?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #4 (of 6)Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Nelson Daniel (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Your favorite Street Fighter characters face off against G.I. JOE for the first time ever!
  • 8-bit Variant cover by Matthew Waite!


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #228: Cobra Nation, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Things have been quiet on the Cobra front, as far as G.I. JOE can tell… but that may just be because there’s a snake in the grass on the homefront. Could there be a traitor within G.I. JOE’s ranks?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #228: Cobra Nation, Part 3—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Brian Shearer (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:


G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 9

Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe, Marshall Rogers, Rod Whigham, Ron Wagner, Don Hudson (a) • N/A (c)

Presenting the full run of original G.I. JOE comics in proper reading order. Includes an introduction and issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo. Collects issues #77–83 of A REAL AMERICAN HERO and issues #14–19 of SPECIAL MISSIONS.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 356 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-607-2

Bullet points:

  • The in-depth look at Marvel’s classic G.I. JOE run continues!

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #225

COBRA World Order comes to its Earth shattering conclusion on Wednesday at your local comic shop!  Check out the preview below and get ready for the rise of the COBRA Nation!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #225: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 7

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA has unleashed the COBRA WORLD ORDER and now G.I. JOE must fight back before the world is pushed past the brink and COBRA reigns supreme! Larry Hama and S L Gallant bring fans the concluding chapter of the story, which will change the world of G.I. JOE forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Part of IDW’s big Valentine’s Day promotion!
  • The biggest G.I. JOE storyline comes to an epic conclusion in this special 24-page story!