IDW, in my mind, got off to a strong start with their first issue, and things don’t look to be letting up any time soon. I was honestly surprised that I was that captivated by the first issue as much as I was, since G.I. Joe Reloaded never really captured my attention that much. As an alternate universe, it just didn’t do anything for me, however. Curiously Chuck Dixon was the writer of that series as well, so I’m not sure where the change took place, but whatever happened, Dixon definitely got a roll, at least for the first issue. Of course I’ll give it some more time before making a final decision, but it absolutely got off on the right foot at least.
That being said, IDW definitely isn’t just coasting on this main series, there’s a ton of other stuff in the works. G.I. Joe Origins is next in line, written by the immortal Larry Hama, and we can see a great 6-Page preview at JoeReloaded.com right here.
My first opinion is honestly a bit mixed. The military lingo almost goes overboard, at least in those first few pages, and the art style is somewhat strange. Not realistic in the least, a very “cartoony” style that didn’t mesh overall with the more realistic Atkins art, but perhaps it’ll grow on me. It will be interesting at least to see these new origins and where the team kind of forms in this new universe.
As well as the 6-page preview, Toy News International gives us a peek into upcoming IDW Titles for April as well, with some looks at the covers and potential stories. Check that out here.
This is going to be a big year for G.I. Joe, that’s for sure, and if Issue #1 is any indication, I think the comic license is in good hands, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what new universe IDW is able to weave going forward.