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.

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #15 Preview

Tomorrow marks the final issue in the latest run of IDW’s main G.I. Joe title, with a promised relaunch coming this fall entitled (unironically) “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  It’s not a rebooting of continuity, though, in my understanding, simply the next stage in IDW’s G.I. Joe mythology.

Until then, check out the preview for G.I. Joe #15, which hits stores tomorrow.

G.I. Joe #15

Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE SEARCH FOR SIREN! The G.I. Joe team is on the hunt for the mysterious COBRA operative codenamed SIREN—but is her song luring them to their doom?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Hashtag stands alone—but will she fall?
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

July, 2014 Solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles

While many of the G.I. Joe centric comics are taking a summer vacation, there are still some entries on IDW’s Solicitations list for July, 2014.

Check out the details below!

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

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

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Rob Liefeld!
  • Launching out of the smash-hit FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic!
  • ALL NEW STORY, ALL NEW ART!
  • You’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this!
  • Nothing you do can prepare you for the final page!

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—Special Order Variant

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • N/A (c)

Special order a TRANSFORMERS VS G.I. JOE blank sketch cover, and get your favorite artist to draw you a cover! Or, draw one yourself!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

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

For subscription customers only, a special variant cover by James Stokoe!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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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!

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G.I. JOE, Vol. 3: Siren’s Song

Paul Allor (w) • Alex Cal, S L Gallant, Atilio Rojo, Nicole Virella, Robert Atkins, Chris Evenhuis, Steve Kurth (a) • Steve Kurth (c)

In the aftermath of COBRA’s New York attack, BARONESS leads a new up-and-coming officer called SIREN around the world—and into the past uncovering secrets about the previous Cobra Commander while coming face-to-face with the ruthless current one!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-012-4

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #12–15.

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE, Vol. 1: Homefront  • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-705-3

G.I. JOE, Vol. 2: Threat Matrix  • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-866-1

GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #201

The landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was the big story what seems like just a few weeks ago, so I was surprised to see the next issue already slated for release this past Wednesday.  I was quite pleasantly surprised, I should say, simply because while I enjoyed issue #200, I didn’t feel like it presented an impactful closure to the current story, and I was hoping to see how things continued to evolve.

As it turns out, issue #201 seems like more of a set up issue, but it’s still a quite enjoyable one.  Check out the full review after the jump.

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G.I. Joe comic news from WonderCon 2014

Well, sort of.  IDW Publishing held their panel at WonderCon today, and in attendance were John Barber and Carlos Guzman, who both have pitched in with editing duties for various G.I. Joe titles over the past few years.

Comic Book Resources was in attendance and there was quite a bit said about the upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe title by Barber and Tom Scioli, mentioning the Free Comic Book Day issue hitting May 3rd.  They also reiterated that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero will continue as normal.

The “big news” was that the main IDW continuity will pick up in September.  We’ve already seen a teaser image and heard the tagline “Fall of G.I. Joe”, so it sounds like this should hit us in September, so keep an eye out for those solicitations.

Check out the full article at Comic Book Resources.

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2014 G.I. Joe Convention Comic reveals hints at exclusive details

As usual, by examining the comic book/program that came with the boxed sets last night, you can get a decent idea of what the exclusive items might be once revealed tonight.

I’ve included some small images from the comic, and a run down of what we can probably expect.

Steel Brigade Pilot w/ VTOL

No real idea about the pilot himself, but a quick panel from the comic shows the Pursuit of Cobra Ghost Hawk, which is definitely a VTOL aircraft, so that would seem to answer that question.  I wonder if it’s color scheme will be based off the Steel Brigade Sky Hawk from 2005?

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Cobra Septic Tank MK II

Images from the comic show a DTC HISS!  That is a pretty pleasant surprise, I suspect.  We haven’t seen this vehicle since it was used in the DTC line, and it was a surprise to me to see that the Club may have used it for this convention set.

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G.I. Joe Rescue Ops 2 Pack

Near the end of the comic, Clutch and an unnamed driver of an ECO Warrior themed Ninja Combat Cruiser appear!  We see no mention of the Combat Cruiser itself, but we do see Clutch and a small hint of a driver, who almost looks to be wearing a knit cap?  Perhaps these are the two “Rescue Ops” members?

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Steel Brigade Zombie 3-Pack

I think it’s safe to assume these are based off the concept case figures, and they are shown throughout the comic as well.

Now, neither the Kre-O set nor Night Force Crazylegs were shown in the comic (unless that’s Crazylegs driving the jeep with Clutch, considering the PoC version had that knit cap underneath his helmet) but I think we can all assume what we’re getting there.

It’s still unknown to me whether or not Crazylegs is indeed the “Parachute” figure.  It certainly seems likely, but the Club did not explicitly state that in the program.  They did mention that he’s a “Paratrooper” so that really seems to lead that direction, though.  Something tells me ole Crazylegs might be the sleeper hit this year.  Check out the full gallery of images below.

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Get it while it’s hot!  Issue #14 marks the grand finale of IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title, which was a rocky replacement for the Snake Eyes solo book that never really seemed to catch on with Joe fans or other readers.

The last issue is hitting comic shops tomorrow, so grab it while you can, and then wait for “The Fall of G.I. Joe” which should be coming later this year.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Rosado, Paul Gulacy (c)

G.I. JOE—AMBUSHED! When the SPECIAL MISSIONS convoy faces a surprise attack from COBRA troopers and a dangerous sniper, it’s up to LOW LIGHT—G.I. JOE’s own long-range specialist—to turn the tables and get the team out in one piece!

Join the SPECIAL MISSIONS team for one last covert mission!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The end of SPECIAL MISSIONS!
  • Variant Cover by S L Gallant!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200

As a collective, Marvel G.I. Joe fans have been hotly anticipating this huge release for quite a while now, and finally that day has arrived!  Larry Hama and SL Gallant have teamed up to bring G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 to Joe fans everywhere, and it also marks Gallant as the longest running artist in the book’s history!  That seems unbelievable, but it’s true.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier.  Gallant has a great artistic style, and is able to infuse character and dramatic action, while also being very faithful in the representation of realistic elements like weapons and vehicles.  It’s a critical mixture of skills that not many artists can capture.  Gallant does it perfectly.  I couldn’t be more pleased that he now has this landmark to his name, and I am greatly looking forward to his continuing run on this great book.

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200!

The day is finally here!  After what seems like a forever long wait, the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero arrives on Wednesday, and in celebration of its arrival, you can check out the preview below.

With Larry Hama on writing duties and SL Gallant continuing his impressive art streak, we see a massive G.I. Joe armored division going head to head with Cobra forces in the Utah desert.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200—GEM OF THE MONTH

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Gallant, Herb Trimpe (c)

This is it: the landmark 200th issue in this long-running series! G.I. JOE returns to the Pit, but things are not as they expected at their homebase. HAWK and DUKE prepare to take the team into a new era, as COBRA’s plans and new threats require a fresh approach.  Join the adventure in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 and prepare for the next 200!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:

  • This is it! The landmark 200th issue of A Real American Hero!
  • Extra-sized issue, with bonus content!
  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!
  • Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!