Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #1

The good news: it’s new comic day tomorrow!

The better news: it’s new “Cobra Files” comic day tomorrow!!

Yep, after a short break, we are getting thrust back into the twisted world of Mike Costa’s “Cobra” universe, aptly titled now “The Cobra Files”.  From all indications, it takes up right where things left off in the Cobra series proper.  We’ll see just what Costa and Fuso have up their sleeve tomorrow.  Check out the details and the comic preview below.

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #1—SPOTLIGHT

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Michael Lark, Fuso (c)

A SNAKE IN THEIR MIDST! Her name is CHAMELEON—and she used to be a COBRA agent. Now she’s made her way into the G.I. JOE team—the honest way. But even with the best of intentions, does she have what it takes to fight on the side of the angels? FLINT thinks she does, and he’s willing to gamble the lives of this teammates on her… Unfortunately, with the Crimson Twin called TOMAX pulling the strings, no bet is a sure thing.

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:

            “CobraGraphic” variant cover by Tom Whalen!

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

Bullet points:

  • The third big launch in the new direction of G.I. JOE comics!
  • Can a Cobra agent become a hero?
  • “Mike Costa’s Cobra is one of the best comics being published today”—Brian K. Vaughan

Detailed information on awesome upcoming IDW Limited offerings

These days there doesn’t seem to be a huge number of highly limited collectible offerings regarding G.I. Joe, but IDW Publishing is looking to fill that hole.  Over on the Leaky Suit Brigade, they got a chance to speak directly with IDW Publishing about their upcoming IDW Limited offers, and here is the basic rundown:

“These books are made to be collectible, there is no marketing and advertising creating clutter, the focus is on the art. Each book has a vellum overlay on the title page. The Red Labels are generally limited to 275 copies, hand-numbered and signed. They are presented in a custom-designed slipcase.  While the Black and Blue Labels are generally limited to between 10 and 25 copies. Each of these is presented in a custom designed tray case and include hand-drawn, limited edition art!”

For G.I. Joe comic fans this is a great chance to get some very nice limited editions and something that will be very hard to get your hands on.

The Leaky Suit Brigade has a TON more information on IDW Limited, so head on over there to see all of the details, including some of the fantastic Herb Trimpe artwork that will be offered in select editions of the upcoming G.I. Joe offerings.

Click here to check it out!

Interior page debuted of IDW’s G.I. Joe no.1 for Colorist Appreciation Day

Throughout the comic creator Twitterverse today, a hashtag for “coloristappreciationday” has been rolling along, giving some props to the unheralded folks of the comic profession, the colorists.  IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall got in on the action with the following Tweet:

The interior page features Roadblock and Tunnel Rat in a pitched gunfight with what appear to be Cobra WORMs??  Pretty neat.  Check out the mirrored images below, and you can also view the images on Chris Ryall’s Tumblr.


IDW Previews for Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow 17 and ARAH 182

Wednesday is now on the horizon, which means more new G.I. Joe comics from IDW Publishing.  Tomorrow brings us new issues of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #182.

Check out the previews for these two issues below.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #182

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (a) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (c)

DARKLON IS ON THE LOOSE! G.I. JOE has lost their prisoner, and it’s up to Outback and his team to recover the dangerous villain. Meanwhile, Zartan and COBRA COMMANDER formulate a plan that would move COBRA HQ to another coast. The villains take center stage in this issue of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Larry Hama sketch cover

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #17

Chuck Dixon (w) • Atilio Rojo (a) • Ken Loh (c)

Is SNAKE EYES an asset to the Arashikage Clan or a liability? That’s a question that STORM SHADOW is asking himself as the wrath of Serpentor is turned upon them and SNAKE EYES becomes a target for the G.I. JOEs! Blistering ninja action and intrigue! Nothing is what it seems and loyalties are questioned as the life of the most dangerous JOE takes a turn!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Robert Atkins cover!

Bullet points:

  • Ninja commando action that never lets up!

IDW Previews for G.I. Joe #16

Hitting comic shops this Wednesday is the newest issue of IDW’s ongoing G.I. Joe series.  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe #16

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

DEEP TERROR concludes! Scarlett and Team Bravo are trapped a mile beneath the Earth’s surface with an army of COBRA killers beneath on their tail! Their only hope is—Mainframe? Also: COBRA’s too-public campaign to destroy the Joes rolls on. How can America’s super-secret heroes survive in the light of day?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:

Black & White Tommy Lee Edwards cover!

Bullet points:

  • All-new direction for G.I. JOE continues!

Lots of G.I. Joe awesomeness at Robert Atkins’ blog

If you’re like me and you visit IDW’s Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow artist Robert Atkins on a regular basis, you no doubt noticed that he’s been a flurry of activity this week!  He had some very interesting commission requests, and he’s been posting up pieces of his work over the past several days.

Well over the past couple of days he posted the completed images and they’re pretty incredible.  A very eclectic group of characters and some great art by Mr. Atkins as well.    This combined commission piece is over FOUR FEET wide.  Colorist on the Snake Eyes title Simon Gough as even colored the G.I. Joe half already, and I’ve mirrored both images below.

Along with this, Robert has posted a fantastic commission of Snake Eyes in his Commando uniform!  Everyone’s pretty used to seeing the Joe ninja in his visor and skin-tight spandex these days, this is a great departure.  Check out that image below.

If you’re not hitting up Robert Atkins’ blog on a regular basis, you really should be.  He’s been doing a lot of great Avengers work alongside his G.I. Joe stuff, and with him picking back up on Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow last week, you can bet more G.I. Joe content will be coming.

Check it out!

Also for folks wanting to see Robert in person, he will be attending the following conventions!  Put ’em on your calendar:

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation Prequel #2

I’m dying to be immersed into the G.I. Joe: Retaliation universe, so I’m psyched that IDW is releasing these issues every couple of weeks.  The first issue left me a bit…I don’t know.  Cold?  It was fine, but I wasn’t wild about the whole “several years ago” angle, and the red ninja attack seemed frenetic and unfocused.

Well, my opinion has changed a bit with this second issue, and things are starting to come together quite nicely.  The continued cameos by Rise of Cobra era characters and equipment ties both film universes together nicely and is a great Easter egg to us fans.  A pretty solid second installment which has made me look forward to seeing more.  To read the full review click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below.

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Robert Atkins holding a custom contest and includes JoeCustoms!

So mixed in with all the awesome Cobra Commander redesign stuff, IDW’s G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins is holding a custom contest!

He posted a great look at a specific custom figure on and invited Joe fans to participate in a little custom contest, making a custom figure of the new Cobra Commander!  Check out the contest rules right here, get working on your custom and either email it to Robert Atkins, or post it to JoeCustoms and send him the link.

Sounds awesome!

What’s on Joe Mind “Sweet Sixteen” Episode now online

Yes, I’m a day late and a dollar short, I apologize…  the guys behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast have posted the 16th Episode, and it is a doozy!  We spend some time talking to Ace from “The Trenches” about his love for 12″ figures, and I get some much needed insight into that particular side of the hobby.

We also speak with one of the god father’s of G.I. Joe podcasting, Christopher “Sidewinder” from the G.I. Joe Review podcast as well.  Of course there is also the normal news, jibber-jabber and Chuck related inanity.

Check it out as always on our Podbean page, or just hit up the embedded player below.

Previews reveals some tidbits on G.I. Joe: COBRA II has posted some information from the November issue of Previews Magazine, including some very cool details about the upcoming follow up to the critically acclaimed G.I. Joe: COBRA miniseries.

“Mike Costa, Christos N. Gage (w) o Antonio Fuso (a) o Fuso, Howard Chaykin (c)
CHUCKLES is the only man alive to have successfully infiltrated COBRA… and he’s M.I.A. Has he been killed? Defected? Gone rogue to fight a one-man war against the enemy? None of these alternatives are acceptable to GENERAL HAWK. He wants CHUCKLES back with G.I. JOE, so he’s sending a new Joe to retrieve him. But what she finds may be worse than anyone could have imagined… Also, get a deeper look inside COBRA than ever before, as TOMAX, XAMOT, and Erika continue to feel the effects of the previous miniseries, and several COBRA operatives are introduced for the first time in an IDW book!”

Absolutely freaking awesome.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.  Really looking forward to it.

Other G.I. Joe related entries, all slated to be released in January, 2010 include:

NOV09 0809      GI JOE COBRA II #1      01/27/10        SRP: $3.99       = $
NOV09 0812      GI JOE MOVIE SNAKE EYES #4      01/27/10        SRP: $3.99       = $
NOV09 0814      GI JOE #14      01/27/10        SRP: $3.99       = $
NOV09 0816      GI JOE ORIGINS #11      01/27/10        SRP: $3.99       = $
NOV09 0818      GI JOE BEST OF BARONESS TP      01/27/10        SRP: $19.99      = $
NOV09 1240      GI JOE COBRA ISLAND AF ASST (C: 1-1-3)  01/27/10        SRP: $49.99   = $
NOV09 1241      GI JOE MOVIE AF COLLECTION 1 ASST 201001 (C:1-1-3)  01/27/10        SRP: $12.99      = $
NOV09 1242      GI JOE MOVIE BRAVO VEHICLE W/AF ASST 201001 (C:1-1-3)  01/27/10        SRP: $39.99      = $
NOV09 1383      GI JOE CLASSIC COBRA COMMANDER BOBBLE HEAD      01/27/10        SRP:$11.99   = $
NOV09 1384      GI JOE CLASSIC GUNG HO BOBBLE HEAD      01/27/10        SRP: $11.99      = $
NOV09 1385      GI JOE CLASSIC DUKE BOBBLE HEAD 01/27/10        SRP: $11.99      = $
NOV09 1386      GI JOE CLASSIC DESTRO BOBBLE HEAD       01/27/10        SRP: $11.99      = $”

A big thanks to Jeff Bohn for the info.