Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #11 and Special Missions #10

Tomorrow caps of Fred Van Lente’s run on the G.I. Joe comic for IDW Publishing, and he goes out in style with some awesome Sigma 6 homage work in the first group of pages.  Thumbs up from me on that one.

Check out the previews for G.I. Joe #11 and G.I. Joe: Special Missions #10 below.

G.I. Joe #11

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE ORIGIN OF ROADBLOCK! How did a humble army chef become the man-mountain we know and love? (Hint: It wasn’t through home cooking!)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A powerful tale of one of the most popular G.I. Joe team members!
  • Variant cover by Ryan Dunlavey!

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #10

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

DESTRO MUST DIE—PART ONE! The Special Missions team recruits Copperback from a Supermax prison to lead them to her former employer: Laird DESTRO. COBRA’s favorite weapons maker is in G.I. JOE’s crosshairs. But only if they can survive their alliance with the deadly and duplicitous Copperback.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Paul Gulacy returns for another action-packed arc!
  • Variant cover by S L Gallant!

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Special Missions #9

New comic day tomorrow, which means a new G.I. Joe comic, and this week we’ve got the latest installment in the Special Missions series!  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #9

Chuck Dixon (w) • Jamal Igle (a) • Igle, Paul Gulacy (c)

BILDOCKER’S DAY OFF! The Special Mission Unit’s expert conniver and master scrounger wants to prove he’s got as much right to be G.I. JOE as anyone else. BILDOCKER and DIAL-TONE take off on a road trip to the Florida Everglades to cut a deal with one of his shady contacts. But what they find out in the swamp is a weapon of mass destruction auction run by COBRA! Can BILDOCKER talk himself and DIAL-TONE out of becoming gator bait?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The SPECIAL MISSIONS team heads to the Everglades!
  • Variant cover by S L Gallant!

Comic Book Resources catches up with the IDW G.I. Joe writers

In a terrific, funny, and fast paced four-way conversation, the folks from Comic Book Resources have connected with Fred Van Lente (G.I. Joe), Chuck Dixon (Special Missions), and Mike Costa (The Cobra Files) to speak about the current state of the IDW G.I. Joe universe and where we are heading from here.

There is some great insight about fan response to each individual title, what to expect in the coming months (The Cobra Files sounds like it’s going to get intense).

Check out this great interview over on Comic Book Resources.

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: Special Missions #6

The new Zartan storyline continues in the pages of Chuck Dixon’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #6 , hitting comic shops tomorrow! Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #6
Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Paul Gulacy, James Biggie (c)

G.I. JOE has tracked a downed COBRA satellite to the lair of a vicious gang of motorcycle marauders called THE DREADNOKS! The bad news keeps coming with the re-appearance of ZARTAN as the leader of the biker maniacs and they have three G.I. JOE members captive! It’s up to ROADBLOCK and SPIRIT to rescue their brother warriors and stop ZARTAN before he turns himself into a weapon of mass destruction.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 8/14/13

Chuck Dixon speaks about his work on IDW’s G.I. Joe Comic Universe

When Axel Watteeuw dropped me a line to ask if he could somehow contribute to GeneralsJoes and YoJoe, that was a decision that wasn’t hard for me to make. He had done a fantastic job covering the G.I. Joe spectrum for a great series of articles at BrainFreeze and I knew he was a devout G.I. Joe fan and a great writer to boot. Please note: The website for Brainfreeze is in Dutch, but each individual G.I. Joe article has an English version as well, which can be easily accessed from within the article.

Imagine my surprise when I received the email from him last week revealing that both he and Moira Hunger from The Coil Club had teamed up to interview Chuck Dixon, and they would like to offer that interview up to GeneralsJoes and YoJoe. Yeah, I couldn’t reply to that e-mail fast enough.

With many of the questions supplied by G.I. Joe comic fanatic Mo Hunger, the interview runs the gamut between the current Special Missions title, all the way back to G.I. Joe: Reloaded and pretty much everywhere in between. It’s a great read and gives some fantastic insight into Dixon’s mindset with his run on various G.I. Joe titles. Check out the interview below.

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Details emerge about Zartan’s return to the IDW G.I. Joe universe

When we last saw Zartan in the IDW G.I. Joe storyline, he was on board an airplane as it crashed in the Australian wilderness…there had been no real sign of a hood or eye black, and besides his uncanny ability to mimick the appearance of others (a great genetic experiment that was actually a highlight of IDW’s backstories in my opinion) he bore little real resemblance to the Zartan we knew and loved.

Well, that’s apparently all changing with the July release of G.I. Joe: Special Missions #5, which brings Zartan as well as the Dreadnoks back to the forefront, and Zartan looks might familiar this time around.

Newsarama spoke with both Chuck Dixon and Will Rosado about Special Missions #5, and the details are revealed right here.

From the sounds of things, the Dreadnoks in IDW’s world are pretty nasty little buggers.  Not so much the comic relief as they were in other G.I. Joe universes.  I’m kind of looking forward to see where they’re going with this.  Again, check out Newsarama for the latest info.

Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: Special Missions #2

Hot off the heels of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, we have new comic day coming up on Wednesday, and this week brings us the second installment of IDW’s new G.I. Joe: Special Missions title!  It’s a race to the bottom of the ocean as Scarlett and the G.I. Joe team attempt to intercept the Baroness in her recovery efforts of her lost $40 billion.  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #2

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Sean Chen, Gulacy (c)

CRUSH DEPTH continues! Scarlett and her Special Missions team rush to the heart of a perfect storm to retrieve a prize of forty billion (with a B!) of COBRA funds lying in the ocean deep. The only trouble is that the Baroness is already on the scene with a cutthroat crew of her own to reclaim the booty for COBRA!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

            “Untold Tales of G.I. JOE” variant cover by Jim Rugg!

Bullet points:

  • The missions get deadlier!
  • A new milestone in the Scarlett/Mainframe relationship!
  • Ties into the first G.I. JOE story arc!

GeneralsJoes reviews IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1

G.I. Joe: Special Missions from its earliest onset sounded sort of like a continuation of the main G.I. Joe title from IDW.  Chuck Dixon writing, a very military themed book with Scarlett and Mainframe leading a small team…it sounded like pretty much what the main G.I. Joe book has been, especially over the past year.

Now getting my hands on the first issue, I find that assumption to be mostly correct.  In fact, the storyline in Special Missions is a direct continuation of the final Target: Snake Eyes story from the last run at IDW.  To check out my full review, click the read the rest of the story link below:

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Previews of IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #2 and Special Missions #1

The next step in the IDW G.I. Joe universe is officially under way, as we are two issues deep into the main G.I. Joe title, and getting our first taste of Special Missions.  These two issues hit your local comic shops on Wednesday, but you can check out the previews for them right here!

G.I. JOE #2

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Juan Doe, Kurth (c)

HOMEFRONT! The G.I. Joe team battles Cobra to the death on American soil! COVERL GIRL, DOC, and the newest member, HASHTAG (yes, HASHTAG) have been separated from the rest and have to fight their way through hundreds of kill-crazy COBRA sympathizers—with a teammate’s life hanging in the balance! Plus: The BARONESS has DUKE in her clutches. So why isn’t DESTRO happy about that?

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

            G.I. JOE “Comics History” cover by Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente, co-creators of the Comic Book History of Comics!

Bullet points:

  • The new direction continues!
  • More action, more drama—more G.I. Joe vs. Cobra than you can handle!
  • Will the new G.I. Joe team survive their first mission?

G.I. JOE: Special Missions #1

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Sean Chen, Gulacy (c)

A NEW BEGINNING! The legendary team of Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy lead the G.I. Joe team undercover and into action! The BARONESS tries to get back into COBRA’s good graces—and it’s up to SCARLETT to assemble a team to take the villainess down!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

• “Untold Tales of G.I. JOE” cover by Jim Rugg!

• Wraparound cover by Jamal Igle featuring the new team—All three new G.I. JOE launches will have one!

Bullet points:

  • The second big launch in the new direction of G.I. Joe comics!
  • Scarlett! Beach Head! Mainframe! Tripwire! Hard Drive! Iceberg! Stalker!
  • Ties in to the first G.I. Joe story arc!

IDW Solicitations for G.I. Joe titles in April, 2013 – New stuff ahoy!

From the looks of the solicitation list, April is going to be the first gung ho month of the IDW G.I. Joe revamp, with all three titles hitting in that particular month.  Tons of exclusive covers, lots happening in every title.  Not to mention the Hama Real American Hero title is bringing in some very familiar faces.

We get some background into Duke’s history this month, and it occurs to me that this is something that was lacking a bit in the mainstream G.I. Joe title previously.  Sure, we got quite a bit of backstory for the team itself, but do we even really know who these people are?  Why should we care about them?  What are their motivations?  I’m looking forward to seeing a little bit more depth to these characters.  Maybe a smaller cast of characters will help drive that.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to read the full solicitation list.

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