Three pages from upcoming Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 by IDW

Thanks to Entertainment News International for cluing us in to the fact that Apple’s iBook Store has posted a few pages from the upcoming first issue of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe by John Barber and Tom Scioli. I know it’s a style that isn’t for everyone, but I didn’t mind the #0 issue, and actually these three pages look pretty fun. I’m feeling some serious early Mike Vosberg vibes and that’s a fun thing.

Check out the three pages below.

Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hits comic shops tomorrow, and IDW Publishing has released an action packed preview! Check out the details below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

TORPEDO leads a dangerous G.I. JOE rescue mission in Olliestan, and the odds are stacked against the team—will they make the evac in time before they get overwhelmed? A tense game of cat-and-mouse continues in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Variant cover by Larry Hama!

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for September, 2014

Yesterday the news broke about the upcoming G.I. Joe relaunch, and afterwards, the rest of the IDW Solicitations for September became available.  This includes G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe as well.

Check out the full Solicitation list after the break.

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We have a creative team for the new IDW “G.I. Joe” ongoing!

With thanks to Comic Book Resources for the initial announcement, IDW Publishing has named Karen Traviss the writer for their upcoming relaunch of the G.I. Joe comic.

G.I. Joe comes back to the front lines in September, featuring a team led by Scarlett in a story arc called “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  According to the solicitation Cobra is now positioned as the “good guys”, becoming a new world peace keeping force and Scarlett needs to hold together the scattered remnants of the G.I. Joe team.  Steve Kurth will once again be handling the art chores.

I like the idea of Karen Traviss being tapped as the writer.  She has a long and established history of science fiction and military writing, including properties like Star Wars and Halo, not to mention she’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

To see some of her work, check out her Author Page on Amazon.com.

Check out the full solicitation info below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

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G.I. JOE #1
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force—but will she be able to keep hew team together? Real-world action and politics collide… and nothing will be the same.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• THE FALL OF G.I. JOE BEGINS! Hard-hitting real world action!
• Bold new era begins with the master of military fiction, Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)! 
• Scarlett commands the G.I. JOE team… but for how long?
• Foil-enhanced cover!
• Variant Cover by David Williams!

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 94 brings Bill Ratner and Arune Singh back to the mike

We are painfully aware that we’re not recording quite as often as we did in the past, but we’re trying to make every one of them count!

For Episode 94 we excitedly welcomed back two long time friends of What’s on Joe Mind, Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint) and Arune Singh (Executive Director of Television Communications, Marvel Entertainment) to have some very different discussions.

Mr. Ratner provides awesome detail about G.I. Joe history, while also breaking down his exciting new endeavor at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Meanwhile, Arune celebrates Transformers return to movie screens this summer (and the debut of the IDW comic book) with a spirited discussion about how a G.I. Joe/Transformers team up could work.

As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or through the embedded player below.  Show notes after the jump!

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Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

The world of G.I. Joe continues rolling this month with Issue #203 from IDW Publishing!  It should be hitting comic stores tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

While G.I. JOE continues to adjust to their new circumstances, COBRA COMMANDER begins making his play to unite COBRA. However, his serpentine plot has many twists and turns, and with ZARTAN, DESTRO and BARONESS in the mix, the results may be unexpected—and dangerous! All the pieces fall into place in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Larry Hama sketch variant cover!

Also coming this week is the G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus!  Collecting the first 12 issues of G.I. Joe: Origins, find out how the team got its start.

G.I. JOE: Origins Omnibus, Vol. 1

Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, J.T. Krul, Marc Andreyko (w) • Mike Hawthorne, Tom Feister, Agustin Padilla, Rick Ketcham, Alex Cal, Andrea Mutti, Klaus Scherwinski, Ben Templesmith (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

A new era calls for a new type of fighting force. It’s a time of wars fought in city streets and back alleys, not on open battlefields. Read from the beginning, as the team known as G.I. JOE, is formed to deal with this new breed of warfare.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 296 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-867-8

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #0–12 of G.I. JOE: Origins.

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for August, 2014

Remember all that agonizing lead up time to issue #200 of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero?  Can you believe we’re posting solicitations for issue #205 already?  Time flies, huh?

Apparently August is still too early for the “Fall of G.I. Joe”, so we see the aforementioned #205 along with the second issue of Transformers and G.I. Joe.  Check out the full solicitations list after the jump.

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Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202

Wow, is it time for another issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero already?  Not that I’m complaining, I’m always excited about more Hama and Gallant gracing the pages of my favorite book.

It should be hitting comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With two new G.I. JOE headquarters active and ready to go, the Real American Hero team can tackle more threats than ever before! But after COBRA’s failed takeover of the Pit, the villainous organization takes a new tact and prepares for a new direction. Will G.I. JOE be up to the task of taking down the leaner, meaner COBRA? Find out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A perfect jumping-on point to this classic series!
  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Transformers and G.I. Joe #0 Free Comic Book Day Issue

Over the past few months we’ve been seeing some inkling of what this issue might shape up to be, and you can tell it’s something that will most likely be either loved or hated, depending on personal preference.  When you go headlong with such a unique artistic style, you’re going to necessarily alienate some folks who aren’t fans of that style, but at the same time, you hope to latch onto folks who appreciate it and perhaps reel in some others who might not otherwise check out a “licensed toy book”.

From my limited exposure to the general comic populace, I think they’ve succeeded.  I’ve seen many non-G.I. Joe focused comic sites and trade publications praising the work done in Transformers and G.I. Joe #0, which I think is a great thing for the brand at large.

But as a diehard G.I. Joe fan (who also dabbles a bit in Transformers) what did I think?  My opinions after the jump.

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G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude 30th Anniversary pre-order on Amazon

It’s tough to argue that probably the most pre-eminent issue of G.I. Joe was issue #21.  The silent issue not only kick-started the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry, but also redefined the art form of comic story telling, and inspired many others to attempt the same feat (with varying degrees of success).

IDW Publishing is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this landmark comic event with a special “remastered” and oversized edition of this issue:

SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation – G.I. Joe #21 – remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to Snake Eye’s mysterious nemesis Storm Shadow and his Arashikage Ninja – and they’ve never looked better. Plus, catch an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic’s creation – and at its enduring legacy! Contains all-new commentary by Larry Hama!”

The additional commentary by Larry Hama sounds worth the price of admission in and of itself.  Check out the Pre-Order information on Amazon, this looks like a fun one.