Former IDW G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins may no longer be working on any current G.I. Joe books, but that hasn’t slowed down the number of G.I. Joe oriented commission requests he’s gotten, and he continues to showcase them on his blog to the delight of G.I. Joe fans everywhere.
The latest commission piece from Mr. Atkins involves Cover Girl and Dusty in a terrific combat scene, very reminiscent of some previous work that he has done. He features this great piece on his blog at RobertAtkinsArt.Blogspot.com and also reminds us of some excellent past pieces he’s done as well.
Check it out right here, and I’ve posted a small snippet of this excellent artwork below.
Okay, I’m slowly getting caught up here, and I’m hoping to get the final 3 reviews posted next week, But for now, here are the next two installments in the Figure Subscription Service. Check out the reviews on my G.I. Joe Collectors Club page, or the direct links below:
No, I don’t mean the title is going to be canceled or anything like that… I just mean that issue #192 sounds like it could be nasty… Cobra is trying to gain the upper hand and the “mighty shall fall”. Sounds menacing.
Some interesting tidbits in the rest of the titles as well, from Cover Girl’s back story to an epic conclusion for the first arc of The Cobra Files. To see the full list of July solicitations for G.I. Joe product, click the Read the Rest of the Story link below.
It was supposedly a close race between Big Boa and Cover Girl as to which carded image the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club would show first, and Big Boa won out. Turns out, though, that Cover Girl fans (like Gary Godsoe) wouldn’t have to wait too long.
Over on their Facebook page, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has posted their latest carded FSS image, and it is indeed the former model and now an armor operator… check out their Facebook page for the latest intel, and take a peek at the mirrored image below.
The Collectors’ Club continues their roll as they reveal another swath of card art today along with a nice close up of the upcoming FSS Sure Fire figure’s head sculpt (which appears to be a modified Valor Vs. Venom Shipwreck head).
For our viewing pleasure, they went to Twitter, Facebook, and GIJoeClub.com to give us art for Cover Girl and Big Boa as well as the aforementioned Sure Fire. Check out the mirrored images below.
I got into such a Twitter frenzy this afternoon that I done forgot to announce that the latest episode of the Whats on Joe Mind podcast has been edited and uploaded to our awesome Podbean page.
Teaming up once again with James Kavanaugh, myself, Gary, Greg, and Chuck tackle the news of the day, have some great discussion about the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club subscription service (seems to be a weekly trend) and break down all the current G.I. Joe related events. We also take some time to answer the mailbag.
Hit up Podbean to check out the episode, or just listen via the embedded player below.
Starting this week new episodes of G.I. Joe: Renegades move to Saturday night, and we kick it all off with Episode 16: Shipwrecked!
Featuring Shipwreck (obviously) and a few other cool Easter Eggs, this episode pits the Joes against a nasty futuristic looking Techno-Viper. Battle on the open seas! Check out the full review (with video clips, and more details than you care to read) at the Episode Guide, or just click the link below.
I’ve been somewhat hesitant to accept the IDW G.I. Joe universe for a variety of reasons, but with the release of G.I. Joe # 15, they’ve finally started pulling me in, at least to a degree. Even with Dixon’s slow pace, this issue kicked it up a notch. We got some early seeds of discontent between Mindbender, Destro, and the Cobra cabal. We got one of the world’s top scientists joining Cobra of his own free will, upon seeing the level of their resources and funding. We got the death of a Joe character that has been accused of being a punching bag, but at least it was handled in this issue with some sort of respect.
But, really, it comes down to the character designs. Old Joe pal Fred from JoeBattleLines really summed it up nicely when he pointed out to me in a private email… there were just a few frames in the issue. Flint, Beachhead, and Cover Girl ready to bust down the door. The Cobra Vipers emerging from the MASS Device teleportation. To me, it’s always been about the toys, and these designs would make for some awesome toys. Hell, if the movie could find a way to work designs like these into it, it would have been much more appreciated, I think, even with the same story and subject matter.
It’s the little things…and as we get deeper into the G.I. Joe: COBRA II series, and has the mainstream title picks up some steam, I’m finding myself more and more drawn in, which is something I never expected. Good job, IDW.
EDIT – Spoilerific image replaced with non-spoilerific image. Woops!
I’m a review posting machine today, even if most of the work was done by other people.
Jerry also gave me a big hand with doing some reviews along with Carlos, so I’ve got a trio of figures that have just gone up from earlier in the line. Behold!
Once again, big time thanks to Jerry and Carlos!
JoeBattleLines member warmachinex comes through again with another trio of three great high resolution images from The Rise of COBRA! The Duke one has been seen before, but the other two with Cover Girl are brand new as far as I know. Check out these awesome pics below.