The issue hit comic shops a good two weeks ago, and I am ashamedly slow on the draw, but I had to get my opinions of this new G.I. Joe relaunch from IDW Publishing down on digital paper.
I will admit right up front, I was hesitant to embrace this new theme for the comic, not because it seemed out of place, but because it seemed so far “in place”. In other words, the same themes G.I. Joe has been running with over the past four years. What could Karen Traviss do differently where others hadn’t yet explored?
As it turns out… there were some unexplored avenues, and Traviss spanned those waters nicely.
For G.I. Joe fans who have been following the property for only a few short years, this may come as a surprise, but believe it or not, there was a time, not very long ago, where Roadblock wasn’t a household name. In fact, he wasn’t even on Hasbro’s radar. A victim of lost trademarks, it seemed inevitable that Roadblock would simply fade from the consciousness of the G.I. Joe faithful and no longer be a major part of ongoing canon.
Sure didn’t turn out that way, huh?
I must give credit to long time Joe buddy Todd of Magnum 6 Delta for prompting me to put this post together, and considering the G.I. Joe: Retaliation motion picture on the horizon, and the potential for redefining the core characters of the Real American Hero brand, the timing couldn’t be better. Click the “Read the Rest of this Story” link below to check out the full article.
As mentioned in the Real American Hero #175 review, toy and Super Bowl news overshadowed my focus on the comics universe, but I’m trying to change that this week, especially because the Cobra Command storyline is hitting it on all cylinders.
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Earlier this morning, I posted a story about upcoming IDW Solicitations, including G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes issue #11, which features another fantastic cover by Robert Atkins. This makes me very happy, especially seeing Storm Shadow so front and center.
In all honesty, the current Snake Eyes interior artists, Casey Maloney and Alex Cal are certainly no slouches, but the incomparable Robert Atkins just makes this book rock in my eyes. I was psyched to see his fantastic Storm Shadow cover, and I’m equally excited to hear that Mr. Atkins will come back to draw the Snake Eyes books in their entirety with issue #13.
Then, almost as if reading my mind, Robert Atkins updated his terrific blog and added some process and insight information for creating the cover for Snake Eyes #11. He also includes a great black & white version of the cover, which looks incredible.
Keep hitting up Robert Atkins’ blog right here, there’s always some great G.I. Joe content to be found. Also, follow Robert Atkins on Twitter to stay up to date on all his blog updates, too!
Yeah, I’m having a hard time finding coverage anywhere for it, but I’m working on it… it started at 12:00pm Pacific (3:00pm Eastern) and should be rolling for another 15 or 20 minutes. I’m hoping to dig up some details and will certainly pass them along as I hear them.
GeneralsJoes commentor m6d brought up a good point a few days ago, saying that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of buzz on release date for IDW G.I. Joe comics…I’ve noticed that, too, which is exactly why I try and let the fandom know when there are reactions around the ‘net for recent IDW releases. I’m with everyone else on the pace for the main G.I. Joe title, but I do think things have improved dramatically, and issue #10 was actually a great read, I think. I loved finally seeing some Cobra interaction, though I would have loved it even more if the Cobra Trooper inside the book resembled the Viper from the cover.
Even without that, though, it read very well…I loved the fact that the Cobra Trooper really took it to Snake Eyes and wasn’t just a push over, while Mainframe jabbered on in the background…it just flowed very nicely. The cameos and appearences were great, too. Anyone else notice that Cobra’s arctic headquarters looked an awful lot like it looked in The Rise of Cobra? I thought that was a cool touch as well.
The Snake Eyes issue? Not nearly as rosey. The art was crisp and clean, but very stylized and not great overall. The writing seemed a touch clunky and it was kind of tough being able to tell how the story was progressing. They’re touching on his past a little, but just a little, and in the end I wasn’t really sure exactly what I was reading. I’ll stick it out, but it wasn’t nearly as polished and exciting as G.I. Joe #10. Some other thoughts can be read below at some other places online: