Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

The world of G.I. Joe continues rolling this month with Issue #203 from IDW Publishing!  It should be hitting comic stores tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

While G.I. JOE continues to adjust to their new circumstances, COBRA COMMANDER begins making his play to unite COBRA. However, his serpentine plot has many twists and turns, and with ZARTAN, DESTRO and BARONESS in the mix, the results may be unexpected—and dangerous! All the pieces fall into place in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Larry Hama sketch variant cover!

Also coming this week is the G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus!  Collecting the first 12 issues of G.I. Joe: Origins, find out how the team got its start.

G.I. JOE: Origins Omnibus, Vol. 1

Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, J.T. Krul, Marc Andreyko (w) • Mike Hawthorne, Tom Feister, Agustin Padilla, Rick Ketcham, Alex Cal, Andrea Mutti, Klaus Scherwinski, Ben Templesmith (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

A new era calls for a new type of fighting force. It’s a time of wars fought in city streets and back alleys, not on open battlefields. Read from the beginning, as the team known as G.I. JOE, is formed to deal with this new breed of warfare.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 296 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-867-8

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #0–12 of G.I. JOE: Origins.

Five Page Preview for G.I. Joe: Origins #23

So, we’ve hit the 23rd and final issue of G.I. Joe: Origins, which also wraps up the excellent “Mad Monk” storyline.  It hits comic shops tomorrow, but you can see the 5-page preview below.

G.I. Joe: Origins #23

David Lapham (w) • Werther Dell’Edera (a) • Tom Feister (c)

Dr. Lester Horvath has transformed Michael Monk from a suicidal ex-soldier into the ultimate assassin. Now, the wolves are at the door and “the Mad Monk” has come to kill his one-time benefactor. It’s time for Dr. Horvath to play his final card in a game where death is assured, but the revelation of a single number may change everything.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Call out: FINAL ISSUE!

GeneralsJoes reviews IDW’s G.I. Joe: Origins #20 – 21

During New York ComicCon it was revealed that the G.I. Joe: Origins title was going to be fading away, and to be honest, I wasn’t extremely bothered by the news.  Sure, it’s one less G.I. Joe title on the shelves, but beyond snippets into the backgrounds of various characters, what were we really missing?

Well, then I remembered Issues #16 – 18…the Zartan origin.  That was good stuff.  Very good stuff.  Probably the best three issue run during the Origins series, which is pretty ironic, considering it was written by Chuck Dixon, who has been infamous for his up and down roller coaster through the main G.I. Joe title.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the Hama stuff at the beginning, but I’m ready to start moving on.  I’m ready to start evolving the story, and not continuing to mull about in the past.  Origins going away was no big shakes.  What was more important to me was how was it going to leave?

Well, turns out, as one of the last stories to run within G.I. Joe: Origins, the mysterious tale of Michael Monk might just end the series on a very high note.

To avoid spoilers, click the “Read the rest of the story” link below for the full review.

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Five-Page previews for IDW G.I. Joe Origins #21 and RAH #160

I have been woefully behind the 8 ball in reviewing IDW’s G.I. Joe titles, but I’ve got a few in the queue, now that I made my most recent trip to my local comic shop.  Unfortunately, in my neck of the woods “local” is a relative term, and I can usually only hit the shop once in a while, so I try to get a handful of books at once.  For that reason, you will likely see a small bunch of reviews posted within the next couple of days.

Among those will be the two books being released tomorrow, G.I. Joe: Origins #21 and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #160.  While you wait with baited breath for the reviews to go up, here are some 5-page previews for these two upcoming issues.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #160

Larry Hama (w) • Agustin Padilla (a) • Padilla, Rod Whigham (c)

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow switch sides. Baroness gets deprogrammed.

Billy gets taken over completely by Dr. Venom. Blame it all on the Brainwave Scanner!

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: Origins #21

David Lapham (w) • Werther Dell’Edera (a) • Tom Feister (c)

David Lapham’s “Sedition by Numbers” continues here! The Mad Monk begins his training with COLOSSUS WORLD SECURITY, INC., which is owned by COBRA, of course. Torture is the routine and Monk is singled out for extra attention. If the camp doesn’t break him, then his first mission might have him wondering whose side he’s on. There’s no bottom to this rabbit hole.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Also, I know a lot of folks had been holding out for the Trade Paperback to check out Max Brook’s G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds.  Well, the paperback is hitting this Wednesday and here is the solicitation info below:

G.I. JOE: Hearts and Minds

Max Brooks (w) • Howard Chaykin, Antonio Fuso (a) • Bill Tortolini (c)

Tanks, planes, guns, and bombs are the tools of war, but in order to succeed you must win over the HEARTS AND MINDS. Max Brooks, writer of World War Z, brings his gut-wrenching storytelling approach to G.I. JOE. Partnered with critically-acclaimed artists Howard Chaykin and Antonio Fuso, Brooks cracks open ten G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, revealing their true hidden nature, their highest highs and lowest lows, and leaves you tensely gripping your chair and confronting your own fears. It’s G.I. JOE like you’ve never experienced before.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 132 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-776-4

Bullet points:

  • Max Brooks is the best-selling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z.
  • From 2001 to 2003, Brooks was a member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live that won an Emmy in 2002.
  • “Max Brooks has told an in depth and amazing tale.” — Generals Joes.com
  • Hands down, Bar None, Absolutely, Unequivocally… I think you get the point, the best book I read this week.” — iFanboy.com
  • The outcome of these tales is rarely in question, but the journey never fails to be engrossing.” — IGN.com

IDW Solicitations for January, 2011

IDW has provided the latest list of upcoming solicitations, this time for January, 2011.  Highlights of the list are G.I. Joe: Cobra #12, which promises the death of a major player, and G.I. Joe #26 which has a pretty awesome looking cover featuring Snake Eyes and Agent Helix.

Check them all out after the jump!

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IDW Comic News recap from New York ComicCon

Now that NYCC has wrapped up, we’re starting to finally get some good, nicely detailed reports about all of the panels and events that went on in the Big Apple this past weekend.  Among those reports was one from Comic Book Resources which focused on IDW and Hasbro’s joint panel and what to expect from their licensed titles over the next several months.  I will try and outline the various news items below.

  • G.I. Joe: Origins #23 is the final issue.  Editor Andy Schmidt revealed that G.I. Joe: Origins would end with the 23rd issue.  I’m not sure if this is sales related or that they simply had no more stories to tell, but regardless, after just wrapping issue #19, we’ve got about 4 more issues to go.
  • Christos Gage is leaving G.I. Joe: Cobra after issue #13.  I reported this during NYCC, but IDW confirmed it, also reporting that Mike Costa would handle the writing duties solo from then on.
  • G.I. Joe #27 will wrap up “Season One” of the main Joe title.  In April of 2011, G.I. Joe will begin “Season Two”, starting over from issue #0 and kicking off with a Cobra Civil War.  Schmidt also says that in April, the only Joe title taking place in IDW continuity that month released would be G.I. Joe #0.  Dixon will still be writing the title, but Javier Saltares will be tackling the art chores.

Schmidt also talked a bit about Infestation and how it ties into the G.I. Joe realm, and remarked that Joe fans did not seem very “chill” to the idea…at least not to the level of Transformers fans.

Some interesting news, to be sure.  I could have sworn that at one point I read that this latest issue of G.I. Joe was going to be the end of “Season One” but apparently that’s being pushed off a bit.  Chuck Dixon has been hit or miss for me throughout his G.I. Joe run, and honestly I’m not sure what I think of Saltares on the title.  Loved his stuff with Moon Knight, and his Ghost Rider work was pretty cool as well, but those are both very supernatural, dark, and gritty worlds.  I think G.I. Joe can be gritty (just see the Cobra title) but I’m not sure Saltares’ exaggerated style works real well in a pseudo-realistic military setting.  I’ll certainly give it a shot, though.

You can read the entire article right here, and thanks to The Terror Drome for the heads up!

Five Page Preview for G.I. Joe: Origins #19

The issue hits comic stores tomorrow, and serves as an homage to the original “Silent Issue” from back in the day.  There have been countless homages to that legendary comic, but it seems like Larry Hama is really diving into this one to make it something special.  What will be the end result?  Guess we’ll find out when I post the review tomorrow.

Check out the preview below!

G.I. Joe: Origins #19

Larry Hama (w) • Joe Benitez (a) • Tom Feister (c)

Larry Hama returns along with super-star Joe Benitez (Superman/Batman) and it’s a SILENT ISSUE with SNAKE EYES! Not to steal from Stan but, “ ‘Nuff said.”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Some details revealed about G.I. Joe: Origins #19

Larry Hama is quite the profilic poster over on his Facebook page, but doesn’t talk about G.I. Joe all that often.  Recently he put up a post about his upcoming work on G.I. Joe: Origins #19 and gave us a few minor little tidbits that I’m sure will whet everyone’s appetite for this upcoming issue:

“I took a stab at another silent Snake-Eyes story, but with
more complex visual storytelling and self-imposed parameters like keeping track
of ammo and ordnance expenditures. “Wrote” it and did
layouts. The amazing Joe Benitez did the finished art. It should be
on the stands in September.”

I’m really looking forward to checking this out.  Joe Benitez does awesome work, and it sounds like Larry was really invested in the story again this time around.  I think we’re in for a nice treat.

Newsarama interviews G.I. Joe cover artist Tom Feister

IDW artist Tom Feister, best known for his work on the G.I. Joe: Origins covers was recently interviewed by Newsarama, and you can find the interview right here.

The discussion focuses on many things, but he also drops some cool clues about upcoming issues of G.I. Joe: Origins:

“The most recent cover I did for GI Joe Origins was a stretch for me. The storyline takes place in Bangaldesh — it’s about how COBRA recruits new soldiers. My editor, Carlos Guzeman, and I started talking about doing some propaganda type posters for the arc. I really didn’t want to do more of the WWII style images. It’s been done to death, and I wanted to try something new. We started talking about the propoganda art from Communist China. It’s very creepy. Everything is very bright and the people are all very happy. A little too happy. I thought that given what I knew about Bangladesh, and the colors and images I’ve seen it might be a good fit. So I applied the Chinese propoganda art to the cover for Cobra… Am I rambling?”

The conversation also brings the cover image to the aforementioned G.I. Joe: Origins issue, which is a very cool looking image.

Check out the full interview at Newsarama.com, and a big thanks to Jeff Bohn for the info.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Origins #17

Now we’re getting somewhere.  As the G.I. Joe titles have somewhat plodded along over the past 18 months, fans were wondering just where we were headed.  Chuck Dixon seemed to be having a tough time getting his feet under him and figuring out a concrete direction or what the end goal of this whole adventure is.

But over the past few months, things have kind of started falling into place.  Over in the main book things really picked up steam as Cobra became a more focal part of the G.I. Joe universe.  The whole conspiracy theory concept with Dataframe and Snake Eyes got the ball rolling, and now G.I. Joe is making an active push towards uncovering the Cobra mystery.  Characters are starting to come into focus and the layers are at least starting to be pulled back somewhat.

Meanwhile, in the G.I. Joe: Origins book, we’re getting some neat looks into the past of various members of G.I. Joe and Cobra…and with Issues #16 – 18 I think IDW had their work cut out for them.  Zartan is both an icon and a mystery when it comes to his backstory.  Is he superhuman?  Is it all technology?  A genetic disorder, or a mixture of all of the above?  Which angle would IDW take and how would they explore his abilities and talents?

The answer?  They’ve woven an interesting, captivating, and awesome backstory for the Cobra Master of Disguise that I have already fallen in love with.  In Issue #16, they gave us Zartan’s background as an emotionless mercenary who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.  They tied Zartan into Cobra, and then, right as things were getting going, he was disintegrated.  Or was he?

Issue #17 picks up right where last issue left off…and to avoid any spoilers, I’ll continue the review after the jump.

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