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!

Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #10 and Real American Hero #196

Fans from all era’s of G.I. Joe comics should be happy tomorrow as the latest issue from both the current G.I. Joe series and the Real American Hero series hit comic shops tomorrow. Check out the previews for these exciting issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #196

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE ROAD TO #200 CONTINUES! As the COBRA connection in the turmoil in Sierra Gordo deepens, G.I. JOE begins to unravel the true nature of the situation… but what do the Blue Ninjas have to do with the insurgent rebels? The plot thickens and the action kicks off in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #196!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Part of our epic “Artist’s Edition Month” promotion!

G.I. Joe #10

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)

THREAT MATRIX CONCLUDES! It’s DUKE versus MAD MONK for all the marbles! ‘Nuff said! (Wait. Wrong company.)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The battle in Manhattan comes to a senses-shattering conculsion!
  • The future of the G.I. Joe team begins here!
  • Variant cover by Ryan Dunlavey!

Also being re-released this month is the very interesting anime story, G.I. Joe: Future Noir which takes a look at an alternate future universe of G.I. Joe. It’s a very intriguing, different look at our familiar Real American Hero characters.

G.I. JOE: Future Noir

Andy Schmidt (w) • Giacomo Bevilacqua (a & c)

It’s Japan, in the near future, and the G.I. JOE team is highly advanced, but young at heart. And COBRA is something more sinister than anything seen before! All of Japan could go up in reptilian smoke if the JOEs can’t stop COBRA!

TPB • B&W • $14.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-794-7

Bullet points:

• New Format!

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe (Season 3) #9

New comic day arrives on Wednesday this week with the latest exciting issue of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing.  The Mad Monk saga continues through the streets of New York as G.I. Joe scrambles to stop his nefarious plan!

Check out the preview for this latest action-packed issue below.

G.I. Joe #9

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)

THREAT MATRIX! Below the streets and above the high rises of the New York City, the G.I. Joe team is strained to the brink fighting back THE MAD MONK’s all-out assault on the Big Apple! But… is that playing right into his hands to ultimately destroy DUKE? 

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA takes Manhattan!
  • Who is the G.I. JOE team’s traitor?!
  • Ryan Dunlavey “Intern of Cobra” variant cover!

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.


Fred Van Lente to leave G.I. Joe flagship title with Issue #11

Only a few short days after I reviewed G.I. Joe #7 and praised Van Lente for his interesting new direction for G.I. Joe, Newsarama reports that as of issue #11, Van Lente is leaving the title. They post a full blown interview of the writer of G.I. Joe, and it appears that the departure is scheduled and amicable.

Interestingly enough, Van Lente will be leaving the book on a Roadblock origin series, which will supposedly feature a Sigma 6 style cameo! Interesting.

Artist Steve Kurth is staying on the book, and a new writer has not yet been announced.

Best of luck to Fred on his future endeavors! He’s always been very approachable and a great resource for the fans throughout his time on the title, I’ll be watching to see what else he has up his sleeve.


GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe (Season 3) #7

I said this in the post I made with the preview for this issue…but it seems like just yesterday we were anticipating what Fred Van Lente was going to do with IDW’s flagship G.I. Joe title, and here we are, seven issues deep, and we’ve already made it through one story arc and are on the verge of kicking off another.

Even before this issue was released it was causing some controversy, mostly based around the supposed return of G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes.  So, were those concerns valid?  Read the full review after the jump.  As one might suspect, there are spoilers contained below!

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #3

The new Fred Van Lente G.I. Joe title has obviously been a bit of a departure from what we’ve grown used to, but in many ways, I enjoy this new direction.  He seems to be taking some time to develop the characters a bit more than making them generic “SpecOps Guy 1, 2, and 3” and that holds true with this issue as well, which puts the focus squarely on Duke.

Check out the preview for G.I. Joe #3 below, hitting comic shops Wednesday.

G.I. JOE #3

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

CHOOSE YOUR PATH! You become DUKE, leader of the G.I. JOE team, as he begins his journey to become a Real American Hero! You make the life or death decisions! Or—is Duke just being tortured horrifically at the hands of the Baroness, and this is way of dealing with it—a never-ending branching series of “Might Have Beens?” Or… is it both?

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW Solicitations for July, 2013 have ominous undertones for ARAH G.I. Joe team

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.

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Comics Alliance speaks to VanLente about GI Joe #1 & exclusive pages from issue #2

We’ve been talking about it for months, and finally, yesterday the new G.I. Joe #1 debuted at comic shops across the nation.  With a drastic new direction, there was bound to be some polar opposite reactions.  My own opinion was pretty positive, and the reaction throughout the comic buying populace (G.I. Joe fandom aside) seems to be good.

Writer of the new title, Fred VanLente made the rounds to a few different places today, including Multiversity Comics where he spoke with Chad Bowers about the make up of the team and expectations for the title going forward.  Some awesome character-based filecards are woven throughout the article as well.

By far the biggest draw to me, though, was his visit with Chris Sims over at Comics Alliance.  VanLente has a long interview with established G.I. Joe fan sims, and actually debuts some images from the upcoming second issue of G.I. Joe!  As much as I was positive about the first issue, the little preview we see over at Comics Alliance gets me even more excited.  Without spoiling too much, the character appearances in Issue #2 are very exciting, and not only that, but the way they look is just as exciting.  They are certainly using some inspiration from very cool sources.

Check out the ComicsAlliance article right here!

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.