Adam Riches reveals Cobra-filled exclusive cover for Real American Hero #212

IDW is treating their upcoming 212th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero as a major event, as well they should.  For spoiler reasons, I’ll avoid the details that have emerged regarding this issue, but all you need to know is G.I. Joe fan (and artist of some of the FSS package art) Adam Riches has revealed the Emerald Comics exclusive cover for this issue.

Taking a page from the Devils’ Due G.I. Joe group cover, Adam has meticulously included all sorts of various Cobra agents from many different G.I. Joe continuities, and it’s marvelous.

Over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Page on Facebook he posted the first look at this cover…just looking through it and picking out all the various characters is an exercise of nostalgia.  Check out the mirrored image below.  It’s insanely cool.

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EDIT – Here’s a full Press Release for this exclusive comic:

To celebrate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s landmark issue #212 The Death of Snake-Eyes (pt. 1) Emerald City Comics has partnered with IDW Publishing to create this limited edition variant cover, which acts a companion piece to 2007’s G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25 (which featured the G.I. Joe hero roster).

This cover is the definitive G.I. Joe’s rouges gallery, featuring nearly every enemy the G.I. Joe team has faced over their 33 year history. With characters representing all eras of G.I. Joe, from the toy lines (ARAH, Sgt. Savage, Extreme, Built To Rule, Sigma 6), cartoons (Sunbow, DiC), movies (ROC, Retaliation) and comics (Marvel, DDP, IDW)!

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #212 EMERALD CITY EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COBRA COVER
The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1
Adam Riches (cover) • Larry Hama (writer) • S L Gallant (artist)
G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him back sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!
FC • 32 pages

-Each book will ship bagged and boarded, with a special custom backboard featuring a fully numbered checklist of all the characters on the cover!

-At 280, this is the most G.I. Joe characters ever published in a single illustration!

-It is the first ever wrap-around cover for the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero main title!

-This is part 1 (of 3) of the long-awaited “The Death of Snake Eyes” story arc!

-Each signed edition will include an Emerald City Certificate of Authenticity.

The book is scheduled to ship in mid-March, but is currently available for pre-order RIGHT NOW at the links below:

Pre-orders are available right now from Emerald City’s online shop!
REGULAR:
http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/G-I–JOE-A-REAL-AMERICAN-HERO-212-EMERALD-CITY-EXCLUSIVE-VARIANT-COBRA-COVER.php
or
SIGNED:
http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/G-I–JOE-A-REAL-AMERICAN-HERO-212-EMERALD-CITY-EXCLUSIVE-VARIANT-COBRA-COVER-SIGNED.php

Pre-orders are also currently available for sale directly from Emerald City, through Ebay!
REGULAR:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231479830468
or
SIGNED:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331479118478


About Emerald City Comics: Emerald City has been servicing the Tampa Bay/St. Pete/Clearwater area since 1989, and is one of the largest comic and collectible retail stores in the state of Florida. For more info, visit us online at: www.EmeraldCityComics.com

About the artist: Since 2012, Adam Riches has been illustrating the packaging art for Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Collector’s Club and Convention action figures. This is his first cover for IDW’s G.I. Joe A Real American Hero. You can view more of his work at www.AdamRiches.com

About IDW Publishing: Founded in 1999, IDW Publishing is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best-Seller list. www.idwpublishing.com

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

Resurrecting the ultimate evil in Cobra leadership sounds like a brilliant plan to me…  and it looks like in issue #210, the G.I. Joe team may just see how brilliant it is.

The latest issue of A Real American Hero hits comic shops tomorrow, and check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #210

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Revanche and the Blue Ninjas have set their sights on the Arashikage clan, bringing the fight to Japan! Meanwhile, COBRA members COPPERHEAD, SCRAP IRON, and FIREFLY set their sinister plan into motion…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

•    Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!

Ten things for G.I. Joe fans to look forward to in 2015

I know it’s been somewhat doom and gloom in the G.I. Joe realm over the past few months, even with the releases of 50th Anniversary product and continued rumors of the third G.I. Joe film, but hey, you know what?  Things aren’t all bad.

As 2015 gets kicked off, it’s important to think back on recent history, and look forward on what’s to come.  And when you really look at it, the future has some brightness for G.I. Joe fans.

Click the Continue Reading link below to check out the list!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209

Today brings us the latest installment in Hama and Gallant’s fantastic continuation of the Real American Hero mythology.  I’ve read the latest issue, check out my thoughts below.

GIJOE ARAH 209

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neal Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Juggling several different storylines, the Real American Hero book continues at a furious pace, trying to tell the Revanche story, the Sean Collins story, the Serpentor story, and the Crimson Guard story all simultaneously, yet trying to also weave them all together into a cohesive thread.

By and large, Larry Hama has been successful integrating all of the various elements into a decent story, though like the infamous Blue Ninja story arc, I am growing a tad bit weary of Revanche, especially after meeting the apparent head of the company here. I can bridge fantasy, science fiction, and realistic military as well as anyone else, but still seeing a cybernetic dude with a dozen robotic eyes growing from his skin takes me just a bit out of my comfort zone.

I will say, I enjoyed the inner conflict within the Joe team over the apparent attempt at resurrecting Serpentor. Most of them realize what a potential mistake it is, yet Joe and Jane seem adamant to go down that road, which will make things very interesting as they shape up.

Storm Shadow becomes a part of the story again, yet again I find myself curious as to how these Revanche cyber-ninjas could be so powerful in the last story arc, yet now, Storm Shadow can single-handedly dispose of a dozen of them with a few sword swipes.

Gallant continues his trend of classic artwork, nicely capturing the look and feel of the vintage G.I. Joe design aesthetic. The thing I love most, though is his sense of motion. Everything is very dramatic and flows nicely from panel-to-panel, yet the impact shots actually feel like they mean something. It’s an excellent bridge between realism and animation and he seems able to walk that line to perfection, which suits the G.I. Joe story well. After all, G.I. Joe itself walks that line between realism and fantasy, it’s only appropriate that the artwork follow that trend.

This was a good issue. Hama and Gallant continue to do great work bringing those classic elements forward and still telling a great tail. It was good to see characters like Airtight and Bazooka, and I would encourage the creative team to continue exploring those (slightly) less known members of the G.I. Joe team. I was a bit disappointed with the mission in Ireland featuring mostly G.I. Joe mainstays like Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Roadblock, and I hope Hama continues to utilize the large and varied roster at his disposal.

A good next step of an issue, though as I said, I am hoping to see some wrap up of the Revanche story line soon.

Previews for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles for Wednesday, December 17th

Yeah, I know new comic day has already come and gone, but figured folks who hadn’t made it to their comic shops yet might want to scope these out anyway. Both Real American Hero #209 and G.I. Joe #4 hit today, check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe #4
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
ON THE RUN! The G.I. Joe team is in pursuit of their target, a revolutionary warlord—but he has a snake in his midst… as the COBRA peacekeeping force circles, SCARLETT’s decisions force other military agencies into action.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Superstar novelist Karen Traviss and the G.I. Joe veteran Steve Kurth take the team to uncharted territory!
· Variant Cover by David Williams!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
The secrets and true dangers of the Revanche Corporation have become clear to G.I. JOE… but will this new threat keep G.I. JOE from uncovering COBRA’s newest plot? The mysterious pile up as time runs out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!

Something big in the works for IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero?

It’s the vaguest of notions right now, especially since the arc is a few months away, but over on his fan-focused Facebook Page, Larry Hama made a startling admission today…

I think it’s a safe bet that the story arc in GI JOE ARAH that is comprised of issues #212, 213 and 214 will be fairly collectible.

Keep in mind that Larry Hama never really goes out of his way to promote his work, and has fully admitted to not having much sketched out continuity-wise. Issue #208 just hit shelves, so this is a few months out, but this should be interesting to keep an eye on to say the least. According to IDW Solicitations there is a big character return around that time, so…

Continue to watch Larry Hama’s Fan Page and see if any more news drops!

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for February, 2014

IDW Publishing has posted their solicitation list for upcoming comics for February, 2014 including new issues for the main G.I. Joe title, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.

As one might expect, you could find spoilers below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

I was hoping to get this published last week, but time was not on my side.  But better late than never.

Hama and Gallant once again dive into the classic Real American Hero world, yet manage to bring some new things to the table.  Are they all good?  I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m willing to buckle up and take the ride.

Click the Read More link below to check out the full review.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #208 and Volume 10 TPB

Tomorrow brings us a couple of nice visits to the old school Real American Hero universe courtesy of Larry Hama, SL Gallant, and many other talented folks. Both the latest issue of Real American Hero as well as the collected Volume 10 should be out tomorrow and below you can see some previews!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE’s operation in Dublin continues, with the team blazing forward with a mind to avenge their fallen comrade. But when they discover the truth of what PALE PEONY and JINX have been investigating, G.I. JOE will have to make some tough calls and take tougher actions to stop the malevolent Revanche Corporation.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 10

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With COBRA on the run and the Pit in shambles, DUKE leads the team into a brave new era, as new teams are formed and G.I. JOE finds another base of operations. Plus, TORPEDO leads a dangerous rescue mission in Olliestan.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-154-1

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #201–205!

IDW Publishing previews for G.I. Joe: RAH #207 and Transformers/G.I. Joe #3

It’s a two for one sale this Wednesday at your local comic shop as IDW releases two new G.I. Joe themed comics this week!

Transformers and G.I. Joe #3 hits on the same day as the exciting new issue of Real American Hero.  Check out previews for both issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #207

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Crimson Guard members have been infiltrating the nation for months now… and Cobra Commander prepares to spring his plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you’ve never seen a send-off like this!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
  • Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
  • The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
  • Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!