Preview for IDW Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3

Mike Costa and Paolo Vilanelli continues to do the impossible, and make me fully invested in a Snake Eyes solo book…the latest issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra hits comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3 (of 5)

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

As STORM SHADOW leads the Arashikage clan closer and closer to capturing the former COBRA COMMANDER’s son, SNAKE EYES must race ahead and bring the target to COBRA before it’s too late. But what will SNAKE EYES do once G.I. JOE gets involved?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A story of moral dilemmas, hard choices…and Ninjas!

Heartbreaking essay recalls the life — and death — of G.I. Joe artist Jeremy Dale

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve held a copy of Jeremy Dale’s work in your hands. As one of the primary artists of the 25th Anniversary Comic Pack comics, Dale left his legacy on the G.I. Joe world, putting Hama’s words to pictures throughout several comic pack-ins during the 25th Anniversary line.

Mr. Dale unexpectedly passed away several months ago, leaving the comics community in stunned silence.

Not many details have been revealed about his untimely death, but now, one of his closest friends, Joe Peacock has written an emotional essay about the common flu that quickly became uncommon and took his friend far too soon.

Check out the essay on Medium.com.

Also, this weekend at South Carolina ComicCon, we will be paying tribute to the life and work of Jeremy Dale with a Drink and Draw on Saturday, March 21, from 7PM until whenever at Quest Brewing Company. Whether or not you can draw, you can most certainly drink. Come on out and celebrate with them.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hit comic shelves yesterday, and as we’ve come to expect, it’s full of action and a lot of fun art by the incomparable SL Gallant.

Larry continues to craft an action-packed story, though I have to admit…  I’m wondering where we’re going here.

Click the Continue Reading link to read the full review.

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for June, 2015

Well, this is a surprisingly short list.

I think we all knew that Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra and Transformers and G.I. Joe were both limited series, but this still seems like an abbreviated month for IDW G.I. Joe comics.

As of this point, the only G.I. Joe comic slated for release in June is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215.

That’s it.

Is this another momentary break, or a sign of some longer lasting gap for G.I. Joe at local comic shops?  Let’s see what we can find out…  until then, check out the solicitation for Real American Hero #215 below.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

“The Death of Snake Eyes,” Part 4. As a hero falls, a new one must rise to take his place. G.I. JOE mourns Snake Eyes and prepares for what comes next…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215—“The Death of Snake Eyes,” Part 4—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Antonio Fuso (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The end of SNAKE EYES!
  • G.I. JOE will never be the same!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Serpentor’s resurrection… Throwdown’s first mission… Revanche and
the Blue Ninjas. It all feels like it’s coming to a head, and you can
check out the latest installment at your local comic shop tomorrow.
Take a look at the preview of this latest issue below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE RETURN OF SERPENTOR! G.I. JOE’s plan to control an unknown force goes awry, and the former Cobra Emperor now commands a powerful weapon that even G.I. JOE might not be able to stop. The reign of SERPENTOR begins again in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • SERPENTOR returns and neither G.I. JOE nor COBRA can stop him!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

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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G.I. Joe and the history of Springfield

It’s interesting to poke fun at the city of Springfield, Illinois giving Cobra Commander the key to their fine city, but the truth is there is a long, established connection between Springfield and Cobra that goes all the way back to the first year of A Real American Hero, 1982.

Interestingly, when Larry Hama chose this mythical “Springfield” as Cobra’s hometown base of operations, he did so for much the same reasons as the Simpsons chose it several years later as their imaginary home town.

I plan on speaking with Larry Hama about G.I. Joe’s relationship with Springfield, and will post that next week, but for now, click the Continue Reading link below to explore a little of Springfield’s history.

After you read it (or before) check out GIJoeCon.com to see how you can go see Cobra in their natural habitat in Springfield, IL!

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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!