It’s a two-for-one week from IDW Publishing as we get treated to two new issues on one “new comic” day! The latest installment in Larry Hama’s excellent Real American Hero continuation hits today as does the third issue of the new Dixon/Gulacy Special Missions title. Two totally different G.I. Joe universes. Enjoy them both, and check out the preview pages below.
Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Sean Chen, Gulacy (c)
CRUSH DEPTH continues! Scarlett, Mainframe, and the Special Missions team are seeing their first operation fall apart as the weather and overwhelming odds thwart them at every turn. Things aren’t any easier for the Baroness as she faces a mutiny from the crew of scurvy dogs she hired to recover COBRA’s loot off the ocean floor. And now Serpentor has taken an interest and that spells mayhem for everyone!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
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“Untold Tales of G.I. JOE”variant cover by Jim Rugg!
The G.I. JOE: SPECIAL MISSIONS team takes on the missions the world can never know about!
All-military action as only comics legends Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy can deliver!
EVERYTHING COMES TO HEAD! G.I. JOE’s high seas rescue mission has gone from bad to worse. Now, each team present must regroup and rally in hopes of stopping the BLACK MAJOR and his RED SHADOWS once and for all. The action heats up in G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #190!
I think it’s safe to say that G.I. Joe fans everywhere have been waiting for this moment! After what seems like forever, pre-orders for the upcoming G.I. Joe Eaglehawk Assault Helicopter have appeared online, and first up to the gate is Big Bad Toy Store.
The price is currently listed at $44.99, though BBTS states that this price is subject to change. Release date estimate is July, 2013. Go get ‘em, Joe fans!
And they pretty much ROCK. Cobra’s first ever desert combat specialist the Desert Scorpion was a long time favorite of mine, and the Collectors’ Club did him justice. Using the Snake Eyes-like head sculpt from the Steel Brigade Delta figure and the head wrap from the Night Creeper, as well as 25th Anniversary Zartan’s body and an amalgamation of legs (I really dig those HISS Driver lower legs). I can’t quite place the arms at that angle, but the rest of the figure looks very classic themed. I approve. Interestingly, the figure is very close in design to the canceled Cobra Minotaur driver, with just some very minor part changes (specifically the head sculpt). It will be interesting to see if this version has the Crimson Twins arms like that older version was meant to.
Meanwhile, Widescope… hoooly cow. Back in the early 2000′s, Widescope was merely conceived as a Shockwave place holder, since Hasbro didn’t have the appropriate trademarks for him. With this figure, the Club really takes Widescope to a new level, and maybe it’s just me, but this figure makes the 25th Anniversary Shockwave look pathetic. Yes, it’s essentially a repainted Shock Trooper with a Shockwave head and hat, but the blue paint scheme is fantastic. I really dig that camouflage on the legs, too. It looks very similar to the “Urban Rain” color scheme from the 2005 Steel Brigade Convention figures. Very unique look.
I fully admit to being a fan of the first generation Figure Subscription Service, and man, version 2.0 is out pacing it at almost every step. If this is any indication, we’re in for some great product from the Club over the next series of years. I love the fact that a relative unknown like Widescope is getting really great treatment and a chance to live on in a modern format. Really good stuff. Keep checking GIJoeClub.com for the latest information, and I’ve mirrored the most recent two images below.
The comic world has changed in many ways over the past several years, and writers have learned to adapt to this new mentality. Writing for the trade, or building stories in a certain way is considerably different now than it was even 15 or 20 years ago. The entire landscape is different.
Someone forgot to tell Larry Hama this.
To read the full review of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #189 click the Read the Rest of the Story link below.
While the world is shaking apart in the main IDW universe with some title reconfiguration, the Larry Hama Real American Hero title powers on, and powers on magnificently. Issue #189 continues the excellent Red Shadows storyline. Check out the preview below.
G.I. JOE takes to the high seas to stop the BLACK MAJOR from eliminating the hostages aboard an oil survey ship. Can SCARLETT, STALKER, TORPEDO, GUNG-HO and BEACH HEAD storm the ship and get the hostages to safety? G.I. JOE is in for choppy waters in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #189!
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.
The guys at Codename: Iowa first approached me to review their minimalist posters a while ago, and I was surprisingly infatuated with Series 1 and 2. I found myself really looking forward to Series 3, which would feature the all star Joe and Cobra cast from 1984. I was curious how they were going to make it work, considering some of the more… “flamboyant” uniforms that characters starting getting in ’84.
Well, I got my set, and I got my answer. Check out the full review in my Miscellaneous section, or the direct link below:
Throughout the crazy week of G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep and reaction, pop culture fan site BrainFreeze has been posting some great updates to their G.I. Joe themed articles! These include interviews with some collectors (including yours truly!) and a great look at the animated series, review sites, and more.
It is really cool to see a site like this putting so much effort into pushing and publicizing G.I. Joe! I have posted links below to all five parts, you need to check them out, they are really entertaining reads and a great look at some folks within our hobby and some aspects that make our hobby great.
There are much more to come, but these six articles are pretty fun reads! You should check them out. A big thanks to Axel for taking the time to get this all together and to get it all translated! A great effort.
In this episode we go back in time with a great interview with former Hasbro marketing exec Kirk Bozigian, but we jump forward in time, too, looking towards G.I. Joe: Retaliation and JoeCon 2013! This episode was recorded on the eve of G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s big Tuesday sneak preview, so there is obviously some excitement and energy throughout.
Also, we announce some big plans for WOJM andJoeCon 2013! Check out the latest full episode on our Podbean page, or via the embedded players below. Show notes are after the jump.
IDW Limited, a new high-end collectible service from comic publisher IDW Publishing has already revealed some offerings, but had not yet dipped their toes into the G.I. Joe universe. Until now.
IDW Publishing has announced their official run of IDW Limited G.I. Joe offerings (as we originally saw revealed on the Leaky Suit Brigade) and have even opened up pre-orders for these items. The first pre-order is related to the IDW Complete Collection, featuring runs of the Marvel comics on chronological order! You can pre-order these items on IDW’s Website, and view the video and associated press release below!
DW LIMITED SAYS “YO” TO G.I. JOE
Mar 28, 2013 10:27:39 AM
IDW Limited Announces First G.I. JOE Title to Get Limited Treatment
G.I. JOE: COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1 Will Be Released in Deluxe Hardcover Limited Edition with More G.I. JOE Books to Follow.
Today IDW Limited announced its plans to release the first in a squad of limited -edition G.I. JOE offerings under license from Hasbro and based on its iconic G.I. JOE brand. Starting with G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1(www.idwlimited.com/series/gijoe), IDW Limited will be preparing several fan-favorites for deployment. Featuring a blend of original art from classic artists and modern fan-favorites, these books are the elite of the elite when it comes to collectability and presentation.
The Black Label edition (limited to 50 copies) of G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1 will be paired with original art from one of the most recognizable artists in G.I. JOE publishing history,Herb Trimpe. Trimpe is widely known for his run on the title during the ‘80s, much of which is collected in these pages ,and he’s brought his timeless style back to this book in the form of full-color original art pieces.
“G.I. JOE is a book that’s close to my heart,” said Trimpe. “It’s great to see how IDW’s handled the title. Their run’s been excellent, and when they decided to launch this limited line collecting the early work that we all worked so hard on, I was thrilled to be chosen to provide art for this special edition. G.I. JOE is a timeless tradition, and drawing these pieces took me back to a different time, when I was a fan and artist who loved these characters deeply.”
Fans of G.I. JOE will have two tiers to choose from when ordering this title. The Red Label is limited to 250 copies and signed by Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe. Presented in a special cover and custom slipcase, the book will collect more than 300 pages of Trimpe andHama’s historic run on the series. That’s sixteen issues collected in a way designed to introduce new fans into the series and reward long-time fans with proper reading order and collection. The 50-copy Black Label will feature original art from Trimpe and a limited-edition tray case to house the book.
This is the first of a robust line of G.I. JOE offerings scheduled for the coming months. Look out for G.I. JOE: COBRA, THE LAST LAUGH,DANGER GIRL/G.I. JOE and G.I. JOE: IDW COLLECTION soon. The talent roster for these books ranges from John Royle to Russ Heathto Mike Hawthorne, with signatures from several key writers. There’s never been a better time to say “Yo!”
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW:
G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00; BLACK- $300 300 pages; 11” x 7”; hardcover)