Preview of IDW Publishing Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs G.I. Joe

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.

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Great photo set for cover of upcoming G.I. Joe: ARAH #200

Over on his Tumblr page, Chris Ryall, editor in chief for IDW Publishing has posted a fantastic photo set showing the progression of the cover artwork for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200.  It shows the initial sketch by Larry Hama, with pencils & inks by SL Gallant, and then the final cover image.

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.

Check out the photo set below.

Got any G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero questions for IDW? Check this out!

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!

Check out the forums right here to contribute.


Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #13

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

Bullet points:

  • The secret history of the COBRA COMMANDER through the ages!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!


Episode 89 of What’s on Joe Mind drops some Hot Toys goodness!

Among many other things…

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.

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for April, 2014 reveals no more Special Missions

Wow, sad news for fans of Chuck Dixon’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title as apparently after April, 2014, IDW Publishing will no longer be producing the title.  That leaves the main G.I. Joe title as the only “IDW” continuity G.I. Joe ongoing title still telling the story of this new G.I. Joe and Cobra conflict.

It brings to mind the question of how well these books are selling and if there’s enough fan demand to continue bringing IDW’s G.I. Joe to local comic stores on a monthly basis.

Paul Allor continues his work on the flagship title while we deal with the ramifications of issue #200 in the Real American Hero universe.  Check out the full solicitation list below.

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Preview for IDW Publishing Real American Hero #198 and Special Missions #11

Tomorrow for new comic day we get two brand spanking new IDW Publishing G.I. Joe issues! The latest issue in the Chuck Dixon Special Missions saga is joined by Real American Hero #198, ramping up the action through Sierra Lindo all the way to the Pit headquarters in Utah.

Check out the full previews below!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #198
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
The March to RAH #200 Continues! As things heat up in Sierra Gordo, SCARLETT and SNAKE EYES race against the clock to save G.I. JOE’s HQ, The Pit, from the sinister grip of COBRA.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
· Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #11
Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)
Destro Must Die, Part Two! Copperback is on the loose! The Joes recruited the devious diva to lead them to Destro but the hunt turns into a chase across the globe with Destro’s life on the line and a killer new B.A.T. program that will shift the balance of power to Cobra’s favor.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
· Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy bring the action!
· Variant Cover by S L Gallant!

Robert Atkins debuts incredible G.I. Joe/Transformers Cover

We have some pretty big landmarks in both the classic Transformers and G.I. Joe comic continuities coming up with Transformers: Regeneration #100, and of course G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200. To celebrate these two events, IDW Publishing solicited fantastic G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins to develop a double cover to both issues, which take both franchises and slam them together into one awesome image. Over on his blog at Robert Atkins Art, he shows off the rough and final pencils of this cover and the results are, as one might expect, astoundingly awesome.

Check out his progress commentary over on the Robert Atkins Art blog, and take a peek at the final penciled art below.


Behind the scenes look at Tom Scioli’s Transformers and G.I. Joe

We’ve gotten our fair share of G.I. Joe and Transformers cross overs throughout the years from Marvel, Devils’ Due, and even Dreamwave, but to date we have not gotten the same thing yet from IDW Publishing.

This summer that all changes as Tom Scioli takes over writing (along with John Barber) and art duties for the upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe limited series. By all accounts, though, this isn’t our typical crossover. Scioli says that this story doesn’t take place in any real existing continuities, but it sounds like it works as a story enough to fit where the reader wants it to fit.

But what’s truly unique about this upcoming series is Scioi’s fascinating take on the artwork. Using the 80′s aesthetic with some very cosmic style artwork, Scioli completely embraces the vintage look and feel, and I’m loving it. Newsrama interviewed Scioli about his process in accepting the job and working through the early stages.

Find the interview right here, and check out a couple of early images below.

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Start off the new year with a new YoJoe Contest!

First of all, a belated congratulations to YoJoe member gijoecollector1 for being the winner of the IDW Limited Complete Collection Volume 1 edition late last year. But where there’s Volume 1, there must be Volume 2!

YoJoe has launched the second “CobraThon Contest” for an absolutely free copy of the IDW Limited “Complete Collection” Red Label Volume 2. The details are below:

This Red Label edition of G.I. JOE: The Complete Collection Vol.2 is signed by Russ Heath and Larry Hama and hand-numbered to 250. This collection of classic G.I. Joe
tales has been packaged and presented in beautiful hand-assembled casing and re-imagined covers.

• Limited to 250 copies
• Limited-edition, custom-designed slipcase
• Mounted signature page signed by Larry Hama & Russ Heath
• Exclusive canvas cover only available through this IDW Limited release
• Vellum title-page overlay
• New end pages
• Collects 12 issues of the original Real American Hero series
• Stamped with the IDW Limited Red Foil Imprint
• Red satin ribbon bookmark

This is G.I. JOE like you’ve never seen it before. Presenting the full run of the original Real American HeroSpecial Missions, and Yearbook tales, placed in proper reading order and collected in handsome hardcover volumes. Presiding over this project is legendary pop-culture aficionado Mark W. Bellomo.

Check out the latest Contest on the YoJoe Contest Page and good luck!