Creating G.I. Joe Volume 3 is on Kickstarter now!

If you’re even a moderate fan of G.I. Joe or 80s action figure lines, then the Creating G.I. Joe books are like a treasure trove of toy design concepts.  Each volume (and there have been two so far) dives beneath the surface of the design process for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, revealing concept art (some of it never seen before!) some alternate designs for your favorite characters, and a ton of vintage toy intel.

They are great reads, and if Volume 3 is anything like Volumes 1 and 2, you’ll love digging into the past to see just how the Real American Hero phenomenon was born.

Check out Creating G.I. Joe Volume 3 on Kickstarter now!


Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: ARAH, Action Man, Revolution titles

Tomorrow looks to be a big new comic day for G.I. Joe fans and comic or toy fans in general!  Revolution kicks off with a bang, launching both Revolution #1 and Rom: Revolution #1.  Not only that, but Action Man #4 hits shelves and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #232… and judging by the preview for RAH, there’s a shocking turn of events for one of our Joes!

Check out the full previews after the jump!

Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!

Rom: Revolution #1

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for August, 2016

Things look to be getting somewhat quiet on the IDW G.I. Joe comic front as we move towards the end of summer.  IDW Publishing has released their solicitations list for August, 2016 and there is essentially just a single new entry on it (with the other being the final TPB collection of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe)   Check them out below.


Transformers vs G.I. Joe, Vol. 3

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

The biggest space battle ever grows to universal proportions! Will the G.I. JOE team and the AUTOBOTS make peace—before COBRA and the DECEPTICONS end the war… the bad way?! Collects issues #10–13.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-693-5

Bullet points:

  • The series you never thought would happen comes to its thunderous conclusion!

Offered Again!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE, Vol. 1 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-190-9

Transformers vs G.I. JOE, Vol. 2 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-270-8


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #231: Snake In The Grass, Part 2

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Duke reckons with the most difficult choice of his life… while COBRA scrambles to contain the dangerous new agent in their midst!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #231: Snake In The Grass, Part 2—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Betrayal might bring the end to G.I. JOE and COBRA!

Larry Hama set another trend on Wednesday…did anyone notice?

Maybe I’ve missed the discussion, because I’ll grant you I’m not in too many comic book circles, but this past Wednesday saw the release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228, and with that one, mostly incidental comic issue, Larry Hama took another trendsetting step that I hope more publishers take note of.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a mostly male dominated comic, but one thing that has always shone through with G.I. Joe is the strong female characters that permeate the universe, even though they’re somewhat smaller in number.

On Wednesday, those females took over.  For 22 pages, Hama wrote a story told only using female characters within the G.I. Joe universe.  It wasn’t gratuitous, it wasn’t shouted from the rooftops or proclaimed as some big “event”, it was just done.  Baroness, Zarana, Dawn, Lady Jaye, Scarlett, Jinx, Cover Girl, Dr. Biggles-Jones, Cassandra Knox and several others drove the story as if it were just another issue of the comic.  No story was sacrificed, no punches were pulled, it just happened, and it was pretty great.

As most of you are aware, back in the 80s Larry wrote a now legendary comic, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21, and has freely admitted that back then it really didn’t get much notice.  People saw it as a gimmick and nothing more, but in the decades since, it has been elevated to legendary status and replicated by all manner of other comic writers and publishers.  He’s always managed to stay ahead of the curve.

I’m really impressed that this latest issue took this great step without making it a big deal.  Girls are part of G.I. Joe, that’s just the way it is, and they can be a major part of the story (or the only part) without any sacrifice to plot or action.  Not just that, but they’re such a normal part of the story, it’s not even a big deal when they take over the story.  Just another day in the life of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

As a lifelong G.I. Joe fan with two daughters, I applaud Mr. Hama for doing this, and for doing it naturally.  The issue was a great one, and the fact that it was driven by an all female cast only made it better.  If you haven’t grabbed issue #228 yet, you might want to get on that.  I suspect in ten years people may be looking back on it with similar inflection as the great issue #21.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

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

It’s been an ashamedly long time since I devoted pages and words on this site to a review of the latest issue of the Real American Hero comic from IDW Publishing.  I’m not sure why that is, I suspect real life just got in the way, but I’m going to at least try and reconcile that this month.  Fair warning, spoilers will be found below.

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Preview of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

Life has been busy over the past few months, and I realize I’ve let the comic previews slip…shame on me.  COBRA Nation has hit Part 3, and issue #228 of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero lands at comic shops tomorrow.  Check out the preview below.

My hope is to actually get a review of this one posted, too, because it’s a pretty fun issue which actually does something really interesting…

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #228: Cobra Nation, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Things have been quiet on the Cobra front, as far as G.I. JOE can tell… but that may just be because there’s a snake in the grass on the homefront. Could there be a traitor within G.I. JOE’s ranks?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Creating G.I. Joe Volume 2 Kickstarter nearing the end!

The first volume of the Creating G.I. Joe book series funded a short while ago and there have been rave reviews about its contents.  Volume 2 promises even more great material, and it’s got only FOUR DAYS left to fund!

It needs just over $2,000 to break through, so it could really use a last push in these final few days to get over that funding hump.  There’s guaranteed to be some great art and conceptual work inside, so if you’re a G.I. Joe fan, or even just a toy fan, you should definitely check it out.

Click here to hit the Kickstarter and consider throwing some funding its way.  Almost there!


Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #225

COBRA World Order comes to its Earth shattering conclusion on Wednesday at your local comic shop!  Check out the preview below and get ready for the rise of the COBRA Nation!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #225: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 7

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA has unleashed the COBRA WORLD ORDER and now G.I. JOE must fight back before the world is pushed past the brink and COBRA reigns supreme! Larry Hama and S L Gallant bring fans the concluding chapter of the story, which will change the world of G.I. JOE forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Part of IDW’s big Valentine’s Day promotion!
  • The biggest G.I. JOE storyline comes to an epic conclusion in this special 24-page story!

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #224

The COBRA World Order moves at a rapid pace, with both Chuckles and Cover Girl wounded in action, the political machinations churn onward.

The latest installment of this series comes to your local comic shop tomorrow.  Check out the preview below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #224: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

Snake in the Grass! Just when G.I. JOE thinks its safe, COBRA reveals another layer to the Cobra World Order, as a close ally is revealed as a traitor. Can G.I. JOE survive this betrayal?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • I. Joe cannot escape the true grasp of the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #223

Part five of the new COBRA World Order hits comic shops tomorrow, and you can see the five part preview below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

The Sleepers Awaken! COBRA’s covert agents, situated all over the world, activate and prepare to bring about the Cobra World Order. G.I. JOE scrambles to take them down—but it may just be too late!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s sleepers rise up—and enact the COBRA WORLD ORDER!