Continuing the GeneralsJoes “G.I. Joe Kre-O Week” we have just one review today, featuring the Cobra Armored Assault set. I suspect that most fans, myself included, picked up this set primarily for Flint, but they may find some other things to love here, too. Check it out at my Kre-O Review Page, or the direct link below.
We’ve broken the top 20! Yes, even on a Saturday, Twitziller is at the keyboard pumping these things out, and today he’s got control of a Cobra superweapon!
From the MASS Device to the Weather Dominator and everything in between, Cobra has always been all about the super weapon. Some piece of futuristic technology that separates them from their peers and helps drive them towards world conquest. For a film, obviously they want to stick closer to reality than some of the more outlandish animated series plots. No Fatal Fluffies here. The choice of a satellite that launches a space-bound weapon is truly inspired. Obviously based heavily on the long-rumored Tungsten Rod Cannon, this is the type of “10 minutes in the future” technology that G.I. Joe and Cobra have been built around for the past thirty years, and is a great choice for Cobra’s weapon of mass destruction.
Using this powerful instrument, Cobra not only places a secret agent in the White House, but effectively brings the entire United Nations to their knees. In other words, this is Cobra at their most sinister. I love it.
Thanks to artist Antonio Fuso for letting me know that he is currently selling some of his original art (including some of his terrific work on the IDW Cobra title). This artwork can be viewed on his Tumblr page right here. Over the past few years, the G.I. Joe: Cobra title has been one of the most unique, engaging, and entertaining comics I’ve read in a very long time, and much of that is due to the atmosphere and vision that Fuso brings to the table with his very unique artistic style.
Check out his Tumblr page for more details and to see if there’s something you like.
With every image I saw of this guy I grew less and less impressed with him. A sub-standard rehash of the 25th Anniversary Wraith? Yeah, no thanks.
Well, color me surprised, once I got the figure in hand. The tooling works together a lot better than I initially suspected, the new head sculpt is great, and the paint deco is surprisingly effective. The mixture of dark, thick paint wipes and bright blue piping makes a great impression in person.
Check out my full review on my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page or via the link below.
I’ve been shamelessly behind on my IDW G.I. Joe comic reviews, but with the release of Snake Eyes #21 next week, the current generation of G.I. Joe comics ends this chapter and sort of rebrands itself going forward. With the main title written by Fred Van Lente, Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow being replaced by Special Missions (written by Chuck Dixon) and a shift from Cobra to “The Cobra Files” (still written by Mike Costa) G.I. Joe will be moving in a slightly different direction.
Which, of course, brings up the question… how did the current generation end up?
G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow both worked together on the Target: Snake Eyes mini-series while Cobra brought the Russian “Oktober Guard” to the IDW universe. Click the read the rest of the story link below to review how these ended and how the transition evolves to the “new G.I. Joe” coming soon!
We must be back on track for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, because suddenly CobraSpecialForces.com and the Cobra Special Forces Facebook group have some content! Included in this content is what appears to be a brand new recruiting video for the Cobra Special Forces.
Awesome! We see many different scenes of these Cobra Troopers, in full G.I. Joe: Retaliation accurate uniforms… I like it. Check out the embedded video below, and looks like we should keep checking Cobra Special Forces on Facebook for the latest updates! Thanks to Mysterious Stranger on Twitter for the info!
This Wednesday wraps up the latest iteration of IDW’s Cobra series, set to relaunch next month with “The Cobra Files” starting back at issue #1. From all accounts the format is remaining consistent with what we’ve been reading for the past several years, but with the renumbering of other titles, they’re doing the same with Cobra.
Check out the preview for issue #21 below.
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso, Werther Dell’edera (a) • Fuso (c)
OKTOBER ends! The battle between the covert G.I. JOE team and the OKTOBER GUARD takes a turn for the worse as COBRA forces bear down on their location… and they may just manage to eliminate both sides of the conflict. The consequences will be dire and this G.I. Joe team will never be the same again!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Joe Eisma and Juan Castro variant cover!
- The conclusion to the biggest COBRA story ever told!
- The OKTOBER GUARD vs. G.I. JOE—only one can win!
- FINAL ISSUE OF THE SERIES!!!
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.
I think most of us appreciate and understand the geek cred that USA Today writer Brian Truitt brings to the table, and today he’s giving us another gift in the form of an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Cobra Files G.I. Joe comic. Along with the flagship title and the emergence of G.I. Joe: Special Missions, IDW’s Cobra themed book is getting a new issue #1, but beyond that, not a whole lot is changing, according to writer Mike Costa.
He has a great interview with Brian Truitt and talks about the make up of the team (pretty much what we see already… Chameleon, Ronin, Flint, and Lady Jaye) and how he likes to play in his little corner of the world.
It sounds like more obscure Cobra characters are in the wings, something I’m exceptionally happy about. I’ve been extremely pleased with pretty much every single thing that Costa and Fuso have done with the Cobra book ever since the beginning, and I’m thrilled that it’s maintaining status quo with this new thematic shift in the mainstream G.I. Joe universe.
After a small Christmas hiatus, IDW is hitting G.I. Joe full steam ahead with two exciting new issues hitting comic stores on Wednesday! Even with the New Years Day holiday coming at us, we’ve got previews up for these two issues, Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #5 and Cobra #20. Just from the previews these two issues look like such polar opposites within the scope of the G.I. Joe framework, but they both look like a whole lot of fun.
Check out the preview pages below.
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)
OKTOBER IS BURNING! The covert G.I. JOE team is in for the fight of their lives as they go toe-to-toe against the OKTOBER GUARD! But who are they? Where did they come from? And what do they want? The answers will shock you—but we can tell you that MAJOR BLUDD is looking for retribution!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Joe Eisma & Juan Castro variant cover!
- The OKTOBER GUARD are here—and they want to take down G.I. Joe!
- The biggest story COBRA has ever told!
Danger Girl / G.I. JOE
Andy Hartnell (w) • John Royle (a) • J. Scott Campbell (c)
The two most incredible covert action teams the world has ever known—so covert, in fact, that neither knows the other exists—are meeting for the first time ever! Repeat: Danger Girl and G.I. JOE, together. Spies! Girls! Ninjas! COBRA!
(Text appears to be from the TPB Solicitation, the preview above is for issue #5)