IDW Review Onslaught – G.I. Joe: Future Noir #1

Okay, I’ll admit, I’m as fired up about new concepts in G.I. Joe as the next guy, but initially I was not sure exactly what to think about this idea.  I’ve never really been enamored with the whole Manga concept, though I do know it has its share of fans.  Devils’ Due actually tried this experiment as well with the Arashikage Showdown trade paperback when they had the license, and that particular issue didn’t really resonate with me.

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IDW Comic News recap from New York ComicCon

Now that NYCC has wrapped up, we’re starting to finally get some good, nicely detailed reports about all of the panels and events that went on in the Big Apple this past weekend.  Among those reports was one from Comic Book Resources which focused on IDW and Hasbro’s joint panel and what to expect from their licensed titles over the next several months.  I will try and outline the various news items below.

  • G.I. Joe: Origins #23 is the final issue.  Editor Andy Schmidt revealed that G.I. Joe: Origins would end with the 23rd issue.  I’m not sure if this is sales related or that they simply had no more stories to tell, but regardless, after just wrapping issue #19, we’ve got about 4 more issues to go.
  • Christos Gage is leaving G.I. Joe: Cobra after issue #13.  I reported this during NYCC, but IDW confirmed it, also reporting that Mike Costa would handle the writing duties solo from then on.
  • G.I. Joe #27 will wrap up “Season One” of the main Joe title.  In April of 2011, G.I. Joe will begin “Season Two”, starting over from issue #0 and kicking off with a Cobra Civil War.  Schmidt also says that in April, the only Joe title taking place in IDW continuity that month released would be G.I. Joe #0.  Dixon will still be writing the title, but Javier Saltares will be tackling the art chores.

Schmidt also talked a bit about Infestation and how it ties into the G.I. Joe realm, and remarked that Joe fans did not seem very “chill” to the idea…at least not to the level of Transformers fans.

Some interesting news, to be sure.  I could have sworn that at one point I read that this latest issue of G.I. Joe was going to be the end of “Season One” but apparently that’s being pushed off a bit.  Chuck Dixon has been hit or miss for me throughout his G.I. Joe run, and honestly I’m not sure what I think of Saltares on the title.  Loved his stuff with Moon Knight, and his Ghost Rider work was pretty cool as well, but those are both very supernatural, dark, and gritty worlds.  I think G.I. Joe can be gritty (just see the Cobra title) but I’m not sure Saltares’ exaggerated style works real well in a pseudo-realistic military setting.  I’ll certainly give it a shot, though.

You can read the entire article right here, and thanks to The Terror Drome for the heads up!

IDW Editor Andy Schmidt reveals details about “Future Noir”

Many Joefans, myself included, are a bit perplexed about the upcoming G.I. Joe: Future Noir limited series.  Perhaps because the G.I. Joe universe is somewhat grounded in reality, Joefans have a hard time grasping multiple continuities, and I can certainly understand that.  I’m not entirely certain the G.I. Joe fanbase is quite strong enough to leverage all of these different G.I. Joe titles, but in my opinion, with the main book being probably the slowest paced of the bunch, I’m glad IDW is taking those chances.

Then along comes Future Noir.  Boasting an anime style and a different take on the G.I. Joe universe, it certainly seems like a neat enough aesthetic…but where is it going, and what does it serve to accomplish?  At the root, reading comics are about journeying to a different world, so this will certainly accomplish that, I just hope it’s worth branching out even further from the more familiar G.I. Joe style.  I’ll certainly give it a try.

Over on Comic Book Resources, IDW Editor Andy Schmidt talks a bit about the mindset behind Future Noir, and what we can expect:

“Future Noir’ is geared more towards fun, over-the-top adventure. The regular G.I. Joe books are more serious and grounded. ‘Future Noir’ starts off in a world that’s clearly not the one we live in and just balloons out from there,” Schmidt said of the series’ style. “So, from a tone stand point, it’s quite different. Also, it’s a more action-paced story, it starts off in action and hardly ever stops to catch its breath.””

I will admit from what Mr. Schmidt is saying, this does at least sound like a fun ride.  I do think sometimes the adult Joefans forget that these toys are playthings and should retain an element of fun.  If nothing else, perhaps this series will maintain that atmosphere.  Schmidt also adds the following details:

“The series takes place in what Schmidt described as a “not-too-distant future.” “It’s a world with cybernetics, flying mobile bases, underground cults experimenting on genetic structures and creating monsters and so on,” Schmidt said. “It’s still got the military aspects, but this is definitely a different world and a different kind of Cobra.”

The Cobra of “Future Noir” features an all-new terrorist leader, Schmidt told CBR. “There’s a new character front and center called King Cobra, and his design is really great. We’ve got some classic characters like Dr. Mindbender and a few others, but the organization itself is really different than what we’ve seen before. Their goals are a little over-the-top.”

On the Joe side, the series will star Duke and Scarlett, along with Snake Eyes, Sci-Fi, Roadblock and Agent Helix. “They’re both a recognizable cast and a couple hand-picked for this adventure specifically,” Schmidt said. “Sci-Fi wound up being my favorite to write because he had an emotional character arc during the series more than the others. I really enjoyed writing him a lot. And Duke was fun, too.”

I’ll check it out, for sure…I don’t hold much faith that many Joefans will do the same, however.  Check out the full interview right here.

IDW Editor Andy Schmidt answers your G.I. Joe questions at JoeReloaded

Phil Kost over at JoeReloaded.com had a chance to talk with Andy Schmidt and got together a fantastic Q & A session with the IDW editor who is responsible for nearly all of the G.I. Joe  books produced.

The conversation ranges from the ARAH continuation by Larry Hama, to the status of the Trade Paperbacks, and touches on many new projects that are waiting in the wings.

Check out the full Q & A session right here!

G.I. Joe Review interviews IDW Editor Andy Schmidt

I’ve been woefully lax in updating folks as to when the great guys at the G.I. Joe: Review Podcast post their updates, but I’m going to fix that right now.  Christopher, Matt, and Chad had a chance to sit down and talk with IDW Editor Andy Schmidt about the G.I. Joe comic book universe, and all of the details about the podcast are below.  Thanks as always to the guys there for putting out a terrific show and for keeping me in the loop!

G.I.Joe Review Episode 039 – Interview with IDW Editor Andy Schmidt

(1:02:54) Interview with IDW Editor Andy Schmidt.

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IDW Editor Andy Schmidt opens up about G.I. Joe Marvel continuation

One of the best things about today’s blog culture is getting some behind the scenes glimpses as the thought processes behind our favorite pop culture topics.  IDW editor Andy Schmidt delivers on that in a big way with his latest “Blargh” post on Comics Experience.

Going into great detail about the thought process that went into continuing the Marvel universe with G.I. Joe #155 1/2 (turning into an ongoing series with #156), and also talking about where Devils’ Due fits in (it apparently doesn’t), and also what target audience this new book is geared towards.  You might be surprised.  Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full text of this revealing post, or you can just hit up Andy’s blog site right here.  Big thanks to The Terror Drome for the heads up!

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