New comic day arrives on Wednesday this week with the latest exciting issue of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing. The Mad Monk saga continues through the streets of New York as G.I. Joe scrambles to stop his nefarious plan!
Check out the preview for this latest action-packed issue below.
G.I. Joe #9
Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)
THREAT MATRIX! Below the streets and above the high rises of the New York City, the G.I. Joe team is strained to the brink fighting back THE MAD MONK’s all-out assault on the Big Apple! But… is that playing right into his hands to ultimately destroy DUKE?
Well, it is a momentous occasion…our first IDW Solicitations list without an issue of a Cobra series by Mike Costa on it. Not quite sure how I feel about that… I’m bummed, but also happy that the title is going out on its own terms.
Even without one of the cornerstones of the new IDW universe, though, we’ve got a pretty good looking run down of other items coming in January. Check out the full Solicitations list (including Real American Hero #198!) after the break.
The race to issue #200 continues this Wednesday with the next issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
The action really heats up in Sierra Gordo as the Joe team uncovers… Terror Dromes! Check out the exciting preview below.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #195
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
THE COUNTDOWN TO #200 STARTS HERE! The situation in Sierra Gordo continues to escalate as G.I. JOE touches down and prepares for action. But with former G.I. JOE member, GRUNT, in the hands of a rebel faction, can G.I. JOE beat the clock and pull of the rescue before it’s too late? You’re in for a real nail-biter in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #195!
Since the Marvel days, there’s been this inherent desire for Hasbro’s two flagship properties, G.I. Joe and Transformers to somehow work together or co-exist in the same universe. They’ve crossed over many times throughout Marvel, Devil’s Due, and even Dreamwave, but as of yet IDW Publishing has not “crossed the streams”. Well, next summer that all changes, but IDW is going even one step further. While previous iterations of the crossover were all specific limited series, this new IDW title will be ongoing.
That’s a very interesting tact to take and one I’m pretty excited about to be honest. I recently caught up with the IDW Transformers universe, and I’ve been extremely impressed by what they’ve done with the characters. Seeing John Barber (co-writing alongside Tom Scioli) take some of those elements and bring them in direct conflict with G.I. Joe? Yeah, I can get into that.
IDW is careful to explain that this is a wholly separate continuity from the current existing G.I. Joe and Transformers universes, but regardless I’m really excited to see where this might go. It’s a cool homage, too, considering Transformers celebrates their 30th Anniversary next year while the G.I. Joe brand celebrates it’s 50th. A great way to tie the two properties together.
IDW LIMITED CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH 72-HOUR SALE
Site Will Offer Several One-Of-A-Kind Items and Limited Time Discount On In-Stock Items.
(October 8th, 2013) To celebrate their first twelve months of deluxe hardcover offerings, today IDW Limited (www.idwlimited.com) announced a 72-hour flash sale event. For the next three days IDW Limited will offer discounts on the remaining copies of several of its rare limited-edition titles. Ranging from Transformers to My Little Pony to creator-owned projects like Monocyte and Crawl To Me, the sale will have something for everyone. There will also be several never-before-seen items available only during this three day period including hand-drawn sketch covers from rock poster artist, Munk One.
“The fans have been so supportive during this first year.” Said IDW Limited director, Jerry Bennington. “We wanted to celebrate that support in a big way. This sale felt like the perfect way to do that. Hopefully fans who are missing a title or two from their collection will be able to get that special book they want this week. We’ve got a few surprises planned for the next few days, so make sure you’re keeping up with all our announcements and offerings.”
Besides the sale there will also be several giveaways and contests designed around fan interaction, culminating in a fan art contest featuring one of IDW’s marquee series. New items will be added each day, with announcements being made through IDW Limited’s social media channels (www.facebook.com/idwlimited & twitter.com/idwlimited).
With discounts as steep as 50%, the already limited inventory on the deluxe hardcover site is likely to move fast. Fans would be wise to start shopping early if they hope to take part in the sale.
IDW Publishing obviously has some love for the good old days of Marvel’s G.I. Joe title and has gone to great lengths to demonstrate that love.
The Real American Hero continuation has been fantastic, and IDW’s Complete Collection series (working hand in hand with Mark Bellomo) has crafted a really nice all encompassing run of the old Real American Hero titles. IDW has taken this formula to their IDW Limited series as well, and Volume 2 is now up for pre-order!
With their exclusive Black Label, Blue Label, and Red Label offerings in the IDW Limited online store, there is something here for everyone, even featuring some exclusive art by comic legend Russ Heath. I have the pleasure of owning Volume 1 of this great series (which I reviewed right here) and I cannot recommend the IDW Limited collections enough for the discriminating G.I. Joe comic fan.
New comic day hits tomorrow and G.I. Joe fans are treated to two excellent new issues from your favorite comics publisher, IDW!
The next thrilling addition to the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero continuity hits tomorrow as the G.I. Joe team mobilizes to rescue Grunt in Sierra Gordo while the gears are in motion in the IDW Universe to disband Flint’s Black Ops team in the Cobra Files. Check out the previews for these two issues below.
G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #7
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE – PART 1! FLINT is ready to disband the COBRA FILES team, but CHAMELEON will have none of it. But what neither one suspects is that TOMAX, the captive COBRA member, has an ace up his sleeve that will rock the team to their core. No punches are pulled in G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #7!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Antonio Fuso returns for the beginning of the end!
Riley Rossmo variant cover!
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #194
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant, Hama (a & c)
G.I. JOE makes its way to Sierra Gordo, looking for the next piece of the puzzle that will reveal COBRA’s newest plot. But when they find that the evil corporation Revanche has a presence in Latin America, they could be involved in something far more sinister than the typical COBRA plot. What secrets does Revanche hold?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Part of IDW’s “IDW Gets Animated” variant cover month!
Even when official news from Hasbro is sparse, the best thing about an online community is the way we can all come together and form our own regional groups and have our own individual conventions to celebrate our fandom.
Across the pond, Dave Tree has been putting together an excellent show combining his love of G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Star Wars, and this year he’s adding some elements from Masters of the Universe and more. Roll Out Roll Call is in it’s fourth year, and as always you can find it in Southampton at the Jurys Inn.
This year along with celebrated guests (including a few key members of the What’s on Joe Mind podcast) a few of the founding members of Boss Fight Studios will be making an appearance! As you may or may not know, Boss Fight Studios is made up of several ex Hasbro employees and freelancers who have spent much of their toy design careers neck-deep in the G.I. Joe world. They’ll be at Roll Out Roll Call doing sketches, live sculpting, and many other exciting events.
Along with this, they will have a special exclusive Roll Out Roll Call 4 print! Based on the artwork from Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe #1, this excellent exclusive art print is available primarily at the show, with extras hopefully available for sale afterwards. Be sure to like Boss Fight Studios on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and take a peek at their awesome exclusive art print below. Also check out the Roll Out Roll Call page for all the latest and greatest information on the upcoming show.
G.I. Joe comic fans were blindsided this afternoon when IDW’s December solicitations labeled The Cobra Files as its “final issue”. Widely regarded as one of the fan favorite titles of the IDW universe, Costa’s “Cobra” title dips into the murky depths that many other writers have been unwilling (or unable) to approach. There is a certain depth and design to the Costa universe (which was developed thanks to the expert assistance of co-creator Christos Gage and artist Antonio Fuso) that made these characters feel more real and very deeply flawed.
Yes, this is a good thing.
Questions immediately arose today with the announcement of the title’s cancellation, and it turns out, everything is simply going according to plan. Mike Costa fired up his Twitter account and spoke out about the wrap up of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files.
“Yes, the final issue of COBRA FILES is 9. That may seem premature, but I’ve been building to this for two years – long before the relaunch”
“I want to thank IDW and Hasbro for letting me end this run the way I always intended. And it’s not the last you’ll see of me in the Joeverse”
“Some characters’ stories will end FOR EVER. Some characters will show up in other books. Some of those books will be written by me.”
So it sounds like there are other plans for Costa’s characters and his writing throughout IDW’s G.I. Joe universe, and I suppose if the Cobra title had to end, I’m happy it ended on Costa’s terms and on his time table. Knowing what we do about Costa’s past work, its obvious he’s not afraid to make some waves with his story and his characters, so I think it’s safe to say we’re in for an exciting and bumpy ride over the next few months. A perfect conclusion to a terrific book.
Arguably the single best IDW G.I. Joe book since it first debuted, Mike Costa’s excellent book focusing on the seedy underbelly of the G.I. Joe universe looks to be wrapping up its impressive run in December of this month. IDW Publishing solicitations have been released, and confirmed within those solicitations is that Issue #9 will be the final issue for G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files.
This is a punch in the gut to many Joe fans who considered Costa’s work to be among the best the IDW G.I. Joe universe has been graced with over the past several years. Building a fantastic, gritty universe for our G.I. Joe and Cobra characters to battle in, Costa did what many have never dared to do. Take a somewhat outlandish and sometimes campy concept and turn it dark, dreary, and melodramatic, yet still retain the same sense of contained adventure. It was a very impressive direction to go, and Costa has been doing it nearly flawlessly for several years.
While that’s the headline of the December solicitations, there are many other interesting elements to that month as well (particularly Fred Van Lente’s last issue with the G.I. Joe flagship title). Check out the full solicitation list below.