Writers Room from Transformers films makes its way to G.I. Joe

Paramount made waves last year when it announced a “writer’s room” with some heavy hitting film writers and developers who were all working together to build a cohesive universe for the continuation of the Transformers series of films with Michael Bay apparently stepping away from the franchise.

Well, according to Nerdist, a similar writer’s room is now forming on other Hasbro properties, including G.I. Joe and Micronauts.

This is an interesting conundrum for fans of G.I. Joe, because while a concerted team of folks working on future film development is certainly proof that Hasbro (and Paramount) are committed to investing in the future of the brand, it most assuredly means the next G.I. Joe film is likely still a few years away.

Perhaps that’s a good thing?  While many fans felt that G.I. Joe: Retaliation was a step in the right direction, it wasn’t especially well-received by the movie going public, and the delay in release certainly didn’t set a good precedent either.  With the recent financial hiccup with Jem and the Holograms, it seems that Hasbro is investing in this writer’s room to hopefully not make the same mistake with this next generation of G.I. Joe films.

Now, just because this writer’s room is happening doesn’t necessarily mean the first two Joe films are being wiped from Hollywood memory.  After all, the writer’s room worked to develop Transformers 5, which is essentially a continuation of the film franchise.

How this all turns out is anyone’s guess, but the mere fact that this writer’s room is focusing on G.I. Joe is potentially good news for fans of the franchise.  It’s proof that G.I. Joe’s  future in Hollywood isn’t yet decided, and in fact steps are being taken to try and put together a powerful film franchise.

The leader of the writer’s room working on these other properties is Akiva Goldsman (the same man who led the Transformers team), though who the actual other members are, at this point, unknown.  If some of the members remain the same, we could get some pretty powerful Hollywood talent focused on G.I. Joe, including Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead), Zak Penn (The Avengers w/ Joss Whedon), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant Man).  Now it’s clear that these folks won’t likely all join Goldsman on the G.I. Joe film brand, but it’s still a fun thing to consider.

Check out the latest news on the Nerdist article here, and to get an idea of what the Transformers Writer’s Room was trying to accomplish, check out this Deadline article for more info.


Street Fighter x G.I. Joe highlights IDW February Solicitations

IDW Publishing has released their February solicitations list, including G.I. Joe related titles, and highlighting that list is a new Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series.

Originally announced during New York ComicCon, it appears that the first issue will hit next February. Comic Book Resources has a nice rundown on what to expect, and you can check out the solicitation details below.


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 (of 6)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Mike Choi (c)

On a hidden island in international waters, 16 combatants enter a secret tournament… one that pits Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE! M. Bison and Destro have joined forces, and taking them down will require the world’s finest warriors: Ryu, Snake Eyes, Guile, Scarlett, Chun-Li and Duke. New challengers Aubrey Sitterson (Hulk, Superman, Tech Jacket, Worth) and Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain) bring the visceral combat of the world’s most popular fighting game series and the real world military action of America’s fighting elite together for the first time!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 (of 6)Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Paolo Villanelli (c)

FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 (of 6)8-Bit Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Matt Waite (c)

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 (of 6)Toy Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 (of 6)Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Blank Sketch Variant (c)

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Corey Lewis!

Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1 Complete Box Set

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Choi, Villanelli, Waite, Riches, Blank Sketch (c)

Want to collect all the covers, but don’t have the time to chase them down? Buy the entire set, which comes in a collectible box! Includes all five covers from Mike Choi, Paolo Villanelli, Matt Waite, Adam Riches, and a blank sketch cover, to boot!

FC • 40 pages x 5 • $24.99

Bullet points:

  • A titanic tussle between the World Warriors and the Real American Heroes!
  • Your favorite Street Fighter characters face off against G.I. JOE for the first time ever!


G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6

Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Antonio Fuso, Robert Atkins, Agustin Padilla (a) • Adam Gorham (c)

G.I. JOE: THE IDW COLLECTION presents all of the G.I. JOE stories in recommended reading order. Volume 6 depicts the beginning of the epic storyline “Cobra Civil War.” Cobra Commander is dead, and a deadly competition ensues within the organization to find a new leader that places the JOEs squarely in their sites. Collects G.I. JOE Series Two #0–4, Cobra #1–4, and Snake Eyes #1–4.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 324 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-533-4

Bullet points:

  • The best way to catch up on G.I. JOE!


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #11

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

ESCAPE FROM PRIMUS! With Earth no more, the G.I. JOE team battles to make CYBERTRON their new home—but MEGATRON has something to say about that. Hint: it’s “no, I’m not going to let you do that.” Plus: the secret history of DUKE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #11—Subscription Variant

Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Tom Neely (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The most intense crossover in comics history races toward the destruction of another planet!
  • Nothing is sacred, and nothing is safe!


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


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #225: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 7—Toy Cover Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #225: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 7—Valentine’s Day Card Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Agnes Garbowska (c)

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!

Who is Whisper, and where does she fit in the G.I. Joe world?

As the deadline for the Hasbro Pulse fan vote nears (tomorrow, November 9th) the question remains…which of these four characters will get the green light, and where do they fit in the G.I. Joe mythology.  The other three writers have done a great job jiving their creators with an overall timeline, but as I look towards the future, in the event that Whisper actually wins, I want to plan not just where she’s been, but where she will be going.

For anyone who follows my dio-stories, you know that “universe” more or less wrapped up this past year with Darkness Falls.  If Whisper wins the Fan Vote, I have already developed a follow up that Darkness Falls Dio-Story that I will be excited to launch!

The following contains spoilers to Darkness Falls, so if you haven’t read that yet, you may want to before continuing…

“Rescued” by COBRA from a South American fishing village after the entire village was massacred (see Marvel’s G.I. Joe #1), Whisper was brought in and raised by COBRA Commander as his own personal assassin.  Trained by the elite of COBRA operatives, Whisper learned martial arts, silenced weapons, sabotage, covert operations, and disguise by some of the most talented masters in the world.  Then employed those skills in sinister fashion for COBRA (as seen in The Price of Peace trilogy).

Time has passed…

The decades long battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra has more or less ended.  Casualties on both sides.  COBRA Commander as we know him is dead, as are Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  Scarlett has retreated to the cabin in the Sierra Nevadas to raise her son Tommy and the world feels a little bit safer.

But the battle is not over.  Whisper has returned, and has returned to find her father dead and her support system decimated.  With only her blinding hate of G.I. Joe to guide and feed her, Whisper prepares for a massive campaign of revenge on former G.I. Joe leadership.  Meanwhile, the remnants of the COBRA organization have come together to form The Coil, a sinister underground devoted to furthering the COBRA cause.  But they may hit some resistance as a new and improved COBRA Commander comes on the scene…

I plan to use Whisper to kick start a new generation of G.I. Joe, focusing pretty strongly on the Pursuit of COBRA aesthetic.  While my old dio-story used a lot of those figures, this new universe will take that concept and run with it.

So, please consider voting for Whisper, and we can all experience this fun new world together!  You could also expect to see her show back up in my Kindle Worlds work as well.

Meanwhile, definitely check out all of the other creators behind their own Hasbro Fan Vote creations as well.  Lots of good stuff there.


Funko POP G.I. Joe pre-orders at Entertainment Earth

It seems like Funko POP are all the rage right now, and G.I. Joe is being taken along for the ride.  Entertainment Earth has posted pre-orders for the first series of G.I. Joe themed Funko POP figures and they look pretty fun.

Check out the product links below.

Order G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Stormshadow Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Order G.I. Joe Roadblock Pop! Vinyl Figure from Entertainment Earth!

Kindle Worlds Fan Vote – Who are these people?

As I run around stumping for Whisper in the Kindle Worlds fan vote, I see my bud Fred from JoeBattleLines point something out…and I feel pretty stupid for not being on top of it yesterday when the vote was announced.

Yes, I want everyone to vote for my character. Of course I do. Who wouldn’t want a G.I. Joe figure based off of someone they created? But more importantly, the great thing about this fan vote is that no matter who wins, there will be a NEW character in the G.I. Joe mythology, which is something that doesn’t happen often. So who are these characters?

You can obviously go to the Hasbro Pulse site and read all of their bio’s, but those only scratch the surface. If you really want to know who they are, you need to read the books, plain and simple.

Jim Beard
Character: Adventure Team Marcus
Book: Mystery of the Sunken Tomb


Bill Nedrow
Character: Stilleto
Book: G.I. Joe: Body Count


Troy Osgood
Character: Blackjack
Book: G.I. Joe: Brainstorm


Justin Bell
Character: Whisper
Books: The Price of Peace: Snakebite


Keep in mind that each author put a piece of themselves into these new characters, and you should all do yourselves a favor and figure out who these characters are.

Then you can vote Whisper. :D

Hasbro Pulse Kindle Worlds Fan Vote is LIVE!

The time has come G.I. Joe fans, but time is short!  For ONE WEEK ONLY you can sign up at Hasbro Pulse and vote for your favorite Kindle Worlds character to be made into an actual Hasbro produced G.I. Joe action figure!


Four great new characters have been created by some talented Kindle Worlds authors and this is your chance to tell Hasbro which one you want made.


Jim Beard, Troy Osgood, Bill Nedrow and yours truly have all submitted characters to the contest, and all of us are excited for the chance for our characters to debut in action figure form.  No matter who wins, the fans will be the ultimate victor.

But only if you VOTE WHISPER.

In all seriousness, I’ve talked to each one of these other authors, and we’ve all put in some hard work developing cool characters in fun stories that hopefully G.I. Joe fans love.  I’ll be pulling for everyone.

Psst…  vote Whisper.

Check out the awesome Robert Atkins artwork below and check out all of the character filecards and art at the Hasbro Pulse website.

Best of luck to everyone!

But only if they vote Whisper.

As an added bonus – By the way, for anyone who might consider this an incentive…  I have written a very special edition follow up Dio-Story designed to take place after the events in Darkness Falls!

This special dio-story will be a direct continuation from Darkness Falls and will feature Whisper herself!  If the figure gets chosen by the Fan Vote, you can look forward to seeing that exciting Dio-Story here on GeneralsJoes.com!

Thank you all!

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for January, 2016

The COBRA World Order continues into 2016 and IDW Publishing has released their list of January solicitations.  Check them out, with cover images, 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


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5—Toy Cover Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

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


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


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #224: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 6—Toy Cover Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

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


Classic G.I. JOE, Vol. 17

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant, Ron Wagner (a) • Chris Madden (c)

Larry Hama picks up the original storyline from G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero. Iceberg and his team are sent to the North Polar Icecap while Mainframe and Joe Colton battle against Firefly and Crystal Ball. Also, Flint, Lady Jaye, and Heavy Duty face an elusive and long-thought dead foe. Collects issues #166–175.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 244 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-506-8

Bullet points:

  • The original Real American Hero storyline continues!

Hasbro NYCC Party reveals Kindle Worlds Fan Vote Artwork

If folks remember, back at JoeCon in April, Hasbro announced that they would be producing a new figure next year based on a character from one of the Kindle Worlds novels that are on Amazon.com.  This obviously excited me quite a bit, since I have a few of those novels posted myself.

Well, tonight at the New York ComicCon ‘Twas the Night Before party, Hasbro revealed fantastic artwork of four of these characters who will be included in a “Fan Vote” to decide which character gets the new figure next year!

This is very exciting news for me personally…as a diehard action figure fan and G.I. Joe collector for 30+ years, the possibility of a character I created getting made into an actual G.I. Joe figure has me almost giddy.  It’s a fantastic feeling!  The artwork Hasbro had done to represent my character (Whisper) is spectacular.

That being said, all four characters are new characters, which is very cool, and while I have my own skin in the game, it will be great to get a new character on the G.I. Joe or Cobra roster regardless of who created them.

Check out the images below, and if you need a refresher on Whisper, check out my Price of Peace trilogy on Amazon.  She plays a REALLY big role in that series of novels.

Images are courtesy of Dan from JoeCustoms.com and HISSTank.com.

Yours truly interviewed about Kindle Worlds on Hasbro Pulse

Hasbro unveiled their new “Hasbro Pulse” fan conduit website a short while ago and it’s already proven to be a source of some great information.

As of October 1st, however, it clearly jumped the shark, because they featured an interview with yours truly to talk about Kindle Worlds, the Wolf Squad, and other related G.I. Joe topics.

In all seriousness, I was quite honored to be asked to speak about my experiences with Kindle Worlds and how fun it was to explore Wolf Squad, and you can check out that interview right here.

While you’re there, be sure to check out all the great intel from Hasbro related to NYCC reveals for Transformers, Star Wars, My Little Pony and other excitement!

Hasbro Pulse looks to be a great conduit of some fandom information straight from the source.  Big thanks to the fine folks at Hasbro for talking with me and letting me share my experiences!


Surprises in store at Roll Out Roll Call 2015?

We are less than a week from the UK’s biggest and best G.I. Joe/Transformers Convention, Roll Out Roll Call, in Southampton!  Attendees have come to expect a fantastic show with lots of great dealers, great insight from special guests and lots more.

Well, this year, things might be getting even MORE interesting.

Fun Publications’ own Pete Sinclair will be in attendance at Roll Out Roll Call this year, and will be hosting panels to talk about what’s coming up for the Transformers AND G.I. Joe Collectors Clubs!  Time will tell if there will be any special news or reveals from the show, but it seems to be they wouldn’t be doing panels if they didn’t have some fun new stuff to talk about.

If you live anywhere near Southampton, UK, this could be a very unique opportunity to come to a show and soak up this fun hobby and enjoy the company of a GREAT crew of diehard G.I. Joe (and Transformers, and Masters of the Universe, etc…) fans.  Everything I hear about the show is good.

Check out all the details at All The Cool Stuff or on Facebook and I’ve mirrored some info below as well.  This should be another great show!

So on top of the amazing exclusives that were available for pre-order atRoll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show, the Transformers Collectors’ Club (Official) and G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubhave a few special surprises AND PRODUCT REVEALS in store.

Saturday, Transformers Collectors’ Club Panel at 16:00

Join Pete Sinclair from the Transformers Collectors’ Club as he gives you an insight into the Club, offers up NEW PRODUCT REVEALS and discusses the 2016 official Collectors’ Convention, BotCon.

Sunday, Transformers & G.I. Joe Collectors’ Clubs Q&A Panel at 15:00

Once again join Pete Sinclair from Fun Publications who will field your questions relating to both Collectors’ Clubs, with A SPECIAL FIRST LOOK AT UPCOMING ITEMS for the G.I. Collectors’ Club.