GeneralsJoes Reviews the G.I. Joe: Revolution One Shot

We are officially neck deep inside IDW Publishing’s Revolution roller coaster, and just today, the G.I. Joe: Revolution One Shot hits comic shops!  It’s a Revolution story focused on the G.I. Joe side of the house, continuing IDW’s existing universe, but weaving it into this over-arcing Revolution story.

So how did it work?  Click the Read More link for the full review!

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GeneralsJoes Video Review – G.I. Joe 2016 Duke vs. Tombstone

I know I’ve been lagging a little bit behind on my reviews for the most recent G.I. Joe product, but now, with huuuuuuuge thanks to Chris from The Full Force podcast, we have a video review for the Duke vs. Tombstone 2 Pack!  This video was a huge undertaking as Chris combed through years of history to look at nearly every single version of Duke that exists.

Crazy.

Anyway, hit up the GeneralsJoes YouTube Page for the latest review, and I promise written reviews (and more video ones, too!) are on the way.

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What’s on Joe Mind Episode 106 is YUGE

Holy cow, this is what happens when you don’t post a new episode for a while…  the What’s on Joe Mind podcast has posted a new episode of their G.I. Joe podcast, and it’s a big ‘un!

FIVE FREAKING HOURS of content crammed into this tiny audio file, encompassing hours of recording, editing, and production work.  Big props to all the work done behind the scenes, and I hope everyone enjoys this latest mammoth episode.

Check it out on our Podbean page or embedded below.

ZOMG!  It’s a REAL episode!!  Yes, the gang brings you almost FIVE hours of Joe Related Talk…and other subjects…and pointless tangents.  Justin was having “family time” so joining us for substitution host duty is Chris McLeod of The Full Force.  Since this is our first show since JoeCon (yes, we know it has been that long, but we all have real lives we must live folks), we spend a SIGNIFICANT amount of time in the news doing a day-by-day review of all that went down in Loveland.  We also catch up on other topics in the news…all which is old news now, but you can hear what we have to say instead of reading it on a forum or in social media.  We also talk to IDW GI Joe artist extraordinaire, Tom Feister as we check in to what projects he has cooking for the rest of the year.  All that plus the Joes of 2006 and Inappropriate Cosplay Emails to Joe Colton.  We know you will love this new segment!  We’ll fill you in with our lives in the real world on our next episode, but for now, enjoy this MEGA show…this should last you a couple of days on your commutes…unless you have a long commute and in that case we hope it makes your trip go by that much more rapidly.  Thanks for thinking of us!  We appreciate your listener-ship!!

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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!

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G.I. Joe Collectors Club posts Pre-Orders for G.I. Joe/Transformers Sets

We first heard about this at JoeCon this year, and now the Collectors Club has posted their Transformers/G.I. Joe boxed set up for pre-order with an estimated ship date of December!

Along with the boxed set itself, the Only Human versions of Arcee and Hot Rod are also available.

Check out the latest G.I. Joe Collectors Club pre-orders right here.

First sighting of 2016 G.I. Joe 2-Packs at Toys “R” Us!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!  Three weeks before the announced November, 2016 release timeline, Ryan over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook has found the first indications of the 2016 G.I. Joe line.  Featured in his image is the Heavy Duty/Stiletto and Zombie Viper two packs.

Pretty exciting to see new G.I. Joe product on the shelves again, so let’s do our part to remove them from the shelves, shall we?  Go get ’em!

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IDW Revolution original art on eBay!

Revolution #1 has been released and a couple of the excellent variant covers have been produced by Adam Riches, who is well known to G.I. Joe fans as one of the artists of the Figure Subscription Service cardbacks.

He has done a couple of fantastic variant covers, and he has listed some of his original art on eBay.  One of the auctions is the Optimus Prime/Scarlett action figure cover and it looks really great.

Any G.I. Joe or Transformers fan should check out his listings on eBay now and get these great pieces while the getting is good.

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Solicitations for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe related December titles

December promises to be a big month for G.I. Joe comics as the new ongoing G.I. Joe series from Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis (among many others) kicks off alongside the new Revolutionaries title, which also has some serious G.I. Joe connections.  I also threw MASK #2 in there, too, because…well, it’s freaking MASK that’s why.

Check out the December solicitation information below.

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Revolutionaries #1—SPOTLIGHT

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

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER–but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together… and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Fico Ossio Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

Bullet points:

  • Exclusive bound-in Savage mini-comic reprinting a lost tale written and drawn by the late, great Joe Kubert himself!
  • Written by one part of the powerhouse creative team that brought you the mega-event, Revolution!
  • New tales that continue the storyline of the hit Revolution comic-book event and featuring the same amazing creative team!
  • Illustrated by Revolution artist, burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • The secrets of the Hasbro universe will be revealed. If you follow one new book this month, make it Revolutionaries!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one–they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you the crown jewel of the Hasbro Universe: lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event!
  • Writer Aubrey Sitterson brings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos!
  • Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis!
  • With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA prepares for its next strike against G.I. JOE, and this time, the Real American Heroes won’t see it coming!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6—Subscription Variant

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Wil Rosado, Alberto Muriel, Casey Maloney, Werther Dell’Edera, Antonio Fuso (a) • Adam Gorham (c)

The Cobra Civil War is raging and G.I. JOE is caught dead in their sites as the battle for control pits the most powerful members of Cobra against each other, but only one will emerge as the new leader! Collects G.I JOE Season 2 issues #5–8, Cobra #5–8, and Snake Eyes #5–8.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 292 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-799-4

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s newest leader is revealed!

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-549-3

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-655-1

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-793-0

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-931-6

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-103-9

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-533-4

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

M.A.S.K. vs. V.E.N.O.M. for the very first time! After being lured into a trap, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team must survive in order to stop Miles Mayhem from leaking their secret technology to terrorist cells around the world. Matt and Gloria Baker go undercover to infiltrate a black market weapons ring but what they discover will change Matt’s life forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Joe Suitor Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Joe Suitor (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Special back-up material in every issue written by Tommy Lee Edwards!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Ferriera!

New England G.I. Joe fans – Granite State ComicCon is almost here!

GraniteCon is coming to Manchester, New Hampshire September 17th – 18th and for any G.I. Joe fan, it promises to be an action-packed show!

Larry Hama will be in the house as will Adam Riches, Robert Atkins, Buzz Dixon, Tom Feister, Brian Shearer and many, many others will be there.

Jeff Kline, the executive producer of the G.I. Joe: Renegades animated series will be there as will tons of writers and artists.  Even Adrian Paul from the awesome Highlander television show.  This thing is gonna be a blast.

The folks from Boss Fight Studio will be selling at the show, and at 2:30pm on Sunday, yours truly will be hosting a fantastic panel entitled G.I. Joe: Drawing a Real American Hero and featuring Larry Hama, Adam Riches, Robert Atkins, Tom Feister, and Brian Shearer.

I’ll be on the floor all weekend and joined by fellow What’s on Joe Mind co-host Mike Irizarry (all the way from St. Louis!) and Full Force co-host Chris McLeod (from freaking England for crying out loud).  It’s going to be a GREAT time and I really hope I’ll see lots of eager G.I. Joe fans in attendance.

Check GraniteCon.com for the latest information on the show, and I’ll see you all next weekend!

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Carla “Doc” Greer (Figure Subscription Service)

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The selection of Carla Greer for the FSS is all at once confusing, yet also makes perfect sense, especially as an entry into the 13th figure category.

From 2003 – 2004, Devils’ Due Publishing released an alternate universe G.I. Joe story entitled G.I. Joe: Reloaded which featured Duke as a COBRA double agent, Storm Shadow as a Yakuza looking guy in a white trenchcoat, and a version of Doc who was female rather than the Carl Greer we all knew and loved.  It was an interesting twist, and at the time was not a part of normal continuity.

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Fast forward to 2007 and the G.I. Joe Collectors Club released the “Tanks for the Memories” Convention set.  Within that boxed set, they brought forward the idea that Carla Greer existed in the main G.I. Joe continuity and had elected to join G.I. Joe after the death of her father, the original Doc.  It was an interesting way to tap into the Reloaded series and provided the G.I. Joe team with another much needed Medic.  For that reason, it does make sense for them to then bring that character forward into the modern format, and to their credit, they do it pretty well.

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She’s got a decent build, combining some Rise of COBRA era parts with some nice later generation 25th Anniversary parts, which makes for a good update to the 2007 original.  Her elbow articulation is a little restrictive, but she’s got a great look and manages to tie back some homages to the original Doc as well as her own original figure from seven years back.

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I believe her head sculpt is new, it isn’t one I immediately recognize, and while it’s not phenomenal, it’s always great to have a new addition to the library of female head sculpts, which are badly needed.

The figure’s paint deco is clearly inspired by both the vintage Doc and the 2007 update, with tan, brown, and white put together in a very nice combination.  This is a really solid figure, though not one I thought I desperately needed as part of my collection.

Accessories

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(Image used by permission from JoeBattleLines)

Carla “Doc” Greer borrows much of her gear from her father, including the bandolier with med kit and the flare launcher.  She also has the webgear from 50th Anniversary Lady Jaye and the hypodermic needle from Lifeline.  It’s a great selection of accessories that really adds some nice design aesthetics when it’s all put on the figure.  The darker webgear and lighter bandolier contrast quite nicely with the tan uniform underneath adding some much needed flair.

Note – I somehow misplaced the hypodermic that was supposed to come with Doc, so Fred from JoeBattleLines very kindly allowed me to use some of his images for this review.  Thanks, Fred!

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(Image used by permission from JoeBattleLines)

 

I wouldn’t have picked Doc as a necessary figure in the FSS even if you gave me 100 choices, but the execution is decent.  She makes sense as a 13th figure, one that has some great collectible elements, but not one that’s eminently desirable, and balances the execution of the figure quite nicely.  Not bad.