So last month when I reviewed Issue #26, I praised the art and the overall story, but was disappointed that this particular story was put where it was. A cool and fun tale, but it didn’t serve well as the culminating issue of a two-year long story arc.
I agreed to give Dixon one more chance to surprise me, and with Issue #27 hitting this week, it’s time to say whether he pulled it off.
Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below for the full review.
This series has been a whole hell of a lot of fun.
While I will admit the stop motion was a bit rough at some earlier parts of VisorHUNgary’s work, he has absolutely hit his stride, and this latest stuff is really great. He has posted the latest installment of his Rise of Cobra era stop motion animation on YouTube. I am amazed at how well he does this. Some great special effects, seamless animation. Pure excellence.
His latest installment in “G.I. Joe: Cobra 3” is Chapter 3, but I’m embedding parts 1 – 3 just so you don’t miss anything. Impressive. Keep in mind, this is the third part of his Cobra adventure, so you should check out his channel to watch everything you might have missed.
Please check out his full YouTube Channel as well, he’s got a bunch more great stuff there.
Over the past couple of weeks, much of the attention of the internet world has been on G.I. Joe: Cobra (and rightfully so). It seems somewhat strange to have G.I. Joe’s flagship title somewhat lost in the shuffle, especially when it promises to end with a pretty large bang.
Snake Eyes and Helix find themselves in Station 0, neck deep in Cobra. How can they fight their way out? Read the full review after the jump.
Heh…in the last post I mentioned a month was a long time to wait for a follow up to a 5 minute webisode. Turns out, the action itself only took just over 3 minutes. Overall impression? About what you’d expect for a direct-to-website feature catered to kids. It’s done in CGI animation, purely computer models, and they looked like they were pulled from the cut scenes of the console game (which isn’t necessarily a good thing). Some choppy animation, some stilted voice acting, and nothing that will really make the long time fans go crazy. Definitely not G.I. Joe’s best side.
I still kinda dig seeing the movie universe further explored (especially since it would appear it’s vanishing entirely from store shelves with this G.I. Joe “reboot” this fall), but the end result did not blow my skirt up, which is really saying something when coming from this fanboy. Regardless, I’ll be waiting the first Friday of every month just to see what’s next.
On the positive side, we did get some cool intel when the credits rolled! I’ve mirrored some screen shots below, including a shot of the voice credits, which indicate that some other characters will be appearing in the series like Recondo, Helix, and Snow Job! I’ll check out further installments just for that.
A fun way to spend a few minutes, but don’t expect Beast Wars or Starship Troopers… the gallery is below.
Another little tidbit I got in my box of goodies was a comic book that looks to be the one that comes with the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA video game. There are only seven pages of new story in it, and these pages were also featured in Issue #1 of the Rise of COBRA movie adaptation, but I haven’t seen much chatter about it, so I figured I’d bring some attention to it. Maybe it’s just because I love the Marvel Comics character “Taskmaster” so much, but Helix is really resonating with me. I love the character, I love her look, and I really like the concept a lot. She’s apparently going to be a fairly core component of the upcoming video game (which really excites me), but I hope she kind of indoctrinates into the regular IDW universe as well. Perhaps the Helix special being released in August will touch on that a bit.
The story basically involves General Hawk giving Duke a rundown of her abilities as we watch some video of her in action…then he finishes the story by saying that they believe COBRA has her, which I would imagine leads directly into the video game itself.
Here are some of the panels below…a pretty good read, even for only a few pages.
Huge thanks to Jeff Bohn who has supplied GeneralsJoes with some nicely detailed information about the 6-page Helix comic that comes with the upcoming Electronic Arts G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA video game. The comic leads directly into the IDW Helix special edition, for sale in August. The information is below:
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra: Helix Special EA Edition
Writer: Brian Reed
Artist: Joe Suitor
6 page comic
Hawk shows Duke video of Agent Helix, who has “Total Organic Battlefield Awareness.” Hawk explains that she is missing, that Duke is to find her, and details some of her backstory…
Master practicioner of Capoeira, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Shuai Jiao, Kendo and Fencing. Rumored to be able to master a fighting style after encountering it only once. Fought in underground fights, battling to the death and walking away without a scratch. Traits of savantism, but not autistic. Can identify and solve complex physical calculations quickly. “Everything she sees has a Data Set. Miles left before a car will run out of gas, Ammo counts in the bad guys guns…”
Hawk thinks Cobra may have her.
1 page advertisement for the Helix comic special (which continues the story). Also mentions that you can be Agent Helix in the game.
4 page fold out poster advertising the video game.
2 page interview with game writer Brian Reed. Mentions that Helix was created as a “gamer turned soldier”, which gets fleshed out in the Helix comic special. Mainframe is in the video game as support, non-playable.
2 page interview with Electronic Arts Senior Producer Matt Marsala.
HissTank has gotten their hands on some pictures of items still due for release, including the Pit Commando, Helix, and Flash, and has posted those images online here, including a bunch of shots of the gear that may or may not come with these characters. I’ve also mirrored the images below.
Thanks to Shin Densetsu of HissTank for pointing these out!
A little bit, anyway. Not a whole lot more information revealed, but the IDW Editor in Chief does say that part of the Helix special will be released as a “mini-comic” included with the video game. Check out his blog post here and the cover image (which is awesomeness personified) below:
ComicsContinuum has posted the details (including cover art) for the August Solicitations from IDW Comics.
G.I. Joe: Origins #6
Written by Chuck Dixon, art by Augustin Padilla, covers by Padilla and Tom Feister. The five-part series has become an ongoing, with rotating creative teams! On a mission to prevent a terrorist attack in a far-flung corner of the world, Scarlett’s former, civilian life and her new hard-ass life collide. Now, in the middle of a white-hot operation with the fate of millions in the balance, Scarlett decides which friend lives and which one dies.
32 pages, $3.99.
G.I. Joe #8
Written by Chuck Dixon, art by SL Gallant, covers by Howard Chaykin and Robert Atkins.
No one holds the Baroness against her will… not even Destro. Scarlett remains on trial and the evidence is mounting. Mainframe and Snake Eyes on a roadtrip? The Joes invade the relocated Castle Destro only to find someone — or something — deadly at home.
32 pages, $3.99.
G.I. Joe Special: Helix
Written by Brian Reed, art by Joe Suitor, covers by Suitor and David Williams.
Introducing a brand-new Joe! G.I. Joe is the best of the best. But that’s not good enough for Hawk. Enter Special Agent Helix: a deadly young woman who may well define the future of G.I. Joe’s combat operations — if Duke can keep her alive long enough. This special tale ties in with the new G.I. Joe videogame!
New images are now floating around regarding the story we reported on last night, but the images are larger and watermark free, so I’ve hosted them below. The more I look at Helix, Flash, and Scarlett, the more warm and fuzzy I feel inside…such cool looking figures, and I especially love Helix and Flash, who are really taking things in new directions, which is critical to the future success of the line. Gonna be an awesome year for Joe toy fans, I think.