Snake Eyes turns traitor – Agent of Cobra debuts January, 2015!

Snake-Eyes-Agent-of-CobraAs NYCC chugs along, IDW Publishing has sent out a world-altering press release featuring the return of fan favorite Snake Eyes to the IDW G.I. Joe universe… but this isn’t the Snake Eyes we know and love. This Snake Eyes is an Agent of Cobra!

Now, I know what you’re thinking… and I was thinking the same thing. This is a gimmick, right? After all, Snake Eyes has pulled this trick before, in the events leading up to his “death”.

But, then I saw who was writing this mini-series.

Mike Costa.

Yes, Mike Costa is making is triumphant return to the IDW G.I. Joe universe, and I am officially on board. His work on the Cobra series throughout it’s multi-year run was some of the finest G.I. Joe themed storytelling I’ve read, and if he’s doing this Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra title, I have the utmost confidence in what he’s got going on.

Check out the full press release below.

Snake Eyes Betrays G.I. JOE!
Allegiances Are Questioned In New Miniseries

San Diego, CA (October 9, 2014) – The fan-favorite G.I. JOE ninja is set to strike out on his own in an all-new series, G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of COBRA! Debuting in January of 2015, this series builds upon the acclaimed new G.I. JOE series, released last month. With an exciting creative team and a secretive mission, the stakes have never been higher!

Snake Eyes’ shocking return to the world of G.I. JOE will see the long-time hero taking on a new role as a member of COBRA! Breaking DESTRO out of prison is just his first stop on this game-changing mission that will pit Snake Eyes directly against the G.I. JOE team led by Scarlett.

“Snake Eyes has been gone from the pages of IDW’s G.I. JOE books for almost two years, so his return alone would make for an incredible story,” says series editor Carlos Guzman. “But Mike’s idea to have him return on the side of Cobra begs so many exciting questions: What could cause Snake Eyes to join the enemy? How could Cobra convince G.I. JOE’s most dangerous warrior to betray his unit? What will G.I. JOE do when they find out the ninja commando has returned… but is now an agent for the villainous organization? There was no doubt that the answers would make this series one of the best G.I. JOE stories ever told!”

Praised for his work on G.I. JOE: The Cobra FilesMike Costa returns to the world of G.I. JOE, writing this explosive series. Joined by artist Paolo Villanelli, who will provide covers and interior art, the duo will set Snake Eyes against unexpected new dangers.

“SNAKE EYES: AGENT OF COBRA is, without a doubt, the most exciting and action-packed story I’ve ever written in my six-year history with the G.I. JOE universe,” said Mike Costa. “I wanted to take the dark psychology and intrigue that made G.I. JOE: COBRA so fun to work on, and graft it into the DNA of a big action movie, starring G.I. JOE’s most iconic character. It’s probably my ultimate G.I. JOE story, and it’s really been fun to work on. I’d always tried to approach G.I. JOE: COBRA by asking myself “how could this get worse?” Well, Snake Eyes is working for Cobra. I think I’ve answered that question”

Find out the secrets of COBRA this January first-hand with Snake Eyes, and be sure to pre-order and reserve a special variant cover by Drew Johnson!

Entertainment Earth Mega Sale – Discount G.I. Joe figures 50% off – 24 hours only!

Get ‘em while they’re hot!

Entertainment Earth has unleashed a terrific sale on the Discount Store G.I. Joe figures, at a whopping 50% off!  Yes, that’s right, the set of six figures is SIXTEEN BUCKS.  How can you go wrong??

These figures are fantastic versions of classic characters as well as pretty near perfect custom fodder at a great price.  They will go FAST, so jump on them while you have the chance.

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Order G.I. Joe Specialty Action Figures Set from Entertainment Earth!

Robert Atkins celebrates post 700 with a great look at IDW Limited sketches

He may not be doing the art chores for any regular G.I. Joe books at the moment (unfortunately) but Robert Atkins has still been plugging away at his blog, Robert Atkins Art, and he recently hit a huge landmark, his 700th blog post! In celebration of this great achievement he has posted some great shots of the work he’s done for the IDW Limited series. Featuring three of the most famous faces in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, we see Atkins’ take on Snake Eyes, Destro, and the Baroness in a series of spectacular pieces of art.

Check out the 700th post right here. I’ve mirrored just a few images below, but be sure to check out his blog for even more.

G.I. Joe Prototypes on Auction – Straight from the estate of Don Levine

There’s no doubt that a great hole opened in G.I. Joe history was Don Levine passed away, and knowing him as one of the developers of the brand that we all know and love, he’s certain to have some very interesting items in his own personal collection.

Now some of those one-of-a-kind items from his estate are being auctioned off through Nate D. Sanders collectibles auctions.

Check out the auctions right here, bidding is open until October 30th!

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Exclusive First Look at a grizzled Captain Eagle from the return of Eagle Force!

When the whispers first came of a return of 1980s Mego property Eagle Force, I was intrigued.  Debuting in the early 80′s the original Eagle Force was a die cast line of 2.5″ action figures that unfortunately hit retail just as Mego was going under, and as such, never had a chance to truly reach their potential.

There is some crossover appeal between Eagle Force and G.I. Joe, as various customs have appeared throughout the community celebrating those die cast figures.  But honestly, I hadn’t had an attachment to them as a child, so while I was intrigued, that’s about as far as it went.

Then the rumors started circulating that they would be 4″ military figures, and would feature modern construction and be highly articulated.  Okay, my “intrigue” just went full on into “anticipation”.

Finally, the word came out that not only would Eagle Force’s return feature a 4″ modern military aesthetic, but they would also be designed and sculpted by Boss Fight Studio?  Well, if there’s a stronger word than “anticipation” I now had it.  I’ve been eagerly camped out at the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page, just waiting for some new information to hit and now I’m very proud to say, thanks to the folks behind Fresh Monkey Fiction, I’ve been allowed to reveal the first ever look at Captain Eagle from the exciting Eagle Force return!

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To say that he’s everything I hoped for would be a massive understatement.  This is a guy who has been through the ringer and has come back for more.  It’s immediately apparent that RIOT has made their presence known again, and Captain Eagle must come back into action to do battle for the safety of the world!

A joint venture between Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys, with design and sculpting by Boss Fight Studio, the return of Eagle Force certainly looks like something to celebrate in 2015!  Do what I’ve been doing and set up shop at the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page and at EagleForceReturns.com and keep those eyes peeled, because if this first piece of concept art is any indication, we are in for one hell of a ride next year.  The Kickstarter will be launching in Q2 of 2015, and I’m already starting to save my pennies.

IDW Publishing previews for G.I. Joe: RAH #207 and Transformers/G.I. Joe #3

It’s a two for one sale this Wednesday at your local comic shop as IDW releases two new G.I. Joe themed comics this week!

Transformers and G.I. Joe #3 hits on the same day as the exciting new issue of Real American Hero.  Check out previews for both issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #207

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Crimson Guard members have been infiltrating the nation for months now… and Cobra Commander prepares to spring his plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3

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

CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you’ve never seen a send-off like this!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
  • Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
  • The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
  • Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!

Darkness Falls – Episode 28 Toil and Trubble is now online

I was a little late getting last weekend’s update out, so I wanted to make sure this was up right on time.

Episode 28 is now online as G.I. Joe and Cobra smash headlong into each other in a blast of fire and rock…and Cobra has some unexpected tricks up their sleeves.

Check out the Darkness Falls section, or click the link below for the latest update.

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Review for Total Retaliation – a book by Paddy Lennon and Brian Hickey

In many ways the G.I. Joe: Retaliation action figure line is a testament to the timeless greatness of the G.I. Joe brand at large. I know in many areas of the fandom the hate flows freely in regards to the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys, but truth be told, I think we all have a lot to be thankful for, especially when looking around the toy aisles and seeing what other film properties were dealing with in their licensed action figures.

Yes, the vehicle drivers got cost cut to five points of articulation, but by and large, from start to finish, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation line provided a wealth of terrific figures from all different era’s of G.I. Joe’s 30 year history and we should all be thankful.

There are two fans who are especially thankful. So thankful in fact, that they went through some great trouble to assemble a book focusing on the greatness of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Check out the full review after the jump!

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Production paint samples revealed for Marauder “Task Force”

It seems like so long ago that the Marauder “Task Force” Kickstarter was breaking through $200,000 and unlocking some crazy stretch goals in those last 24 hours. It all went by in a blur, as have the several months since that event. Well, for the first time ever we now have a good shot of the production level paint scheme for this great looking figures! These samples should be exactly how the final versions look when we all get them in our grubby little hands by the end of the year.

One word: IMPRESSIVE.

Check out the image below, and keep checking Marauder “Gun Runners” on Facebook for the latest info. Expect some nice 360 degree videos of these samples to be shown soon!

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EDIT – You know, I was just going to report the story and move on…  but I just can’t.

These figures look incredible.  Absolutely incredible.  Boss Fight Studio didn’t just hit a home run, they nailed an extra-inning game winning grand slam.  These are straight-up spectacular.

Huge props to Kevin Watts and Ruben as well who hand-painted the original samples.  Everything about this project is ringing true for me, and I am absolutely giddy to get some of these in my hands.  Awesome stuff.

 

IDW Publishing announces NYCC Exclusive cover for G.I. Joe #1

We are excited to report that IDW Publishing has revealed some NYCC exclusives, including a great exclusive cover to G.I. Joe #1 by none other than fan favorite Robert Atkins! Featuring G.I. Joe’s new field commander, Scarlett, this exclusive edition is available only at NYCC, limited to 300 copies (only 5 per person). They will be selling for $10 apiece.

At the show you can also pick up a blank cover edition of the issue to have your favorite artist draw their own.

Check out the Atkins cover below, and be sure to make your way to NYCC, October 9th – 12th at the Javitz Center in New York City.

Full details can be found in the IDW Publishing NYCC Exclusives Shopping Guide.

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