Preview for IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1

Perhaps one of the most divisive comics in IDW’s history launches their first issue tomorrow at local comic shops everywhere! John Barber and Tom Scioli bring us the next generation of Transformers and G.I. Joe joint history. Check out the preview below.

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

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

SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Variant cover by Rob Liefeld!
· Launching out of the smash-hit FREE COMIC BOOK DAY comic!
· ALL NEW STORY, ALL NEW ART!
· You’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this!
· Nothing you do can prepare you for the final page!

We have a creative team for the new IDW “G.I. Joe” ongoing!

With thanks to Comic Book Resources for the initial announcement, IDW Publishing has named Karen Traviss the writer for their upcoming relaunch of the G.I. Joe comic.

G.I. Joe comes back to the front lines in September, featuring a team led by Scarlett in a story arc called “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  According to the solicitation Cobra is now positioned as the “good guys”, becoming a new world peace keeping force and Scarlett needs to hold together the scattered remnants of the G.I. Joe team.  Steve Kurth will once again be handling the art chores.

I like the idea of Karen Traviss being tapped as the writer.  She has a long and established history of science fiction and military writing, including properties like Star Wars and Halo, not to mention she’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

To see some of her work, check out her Author Page on Amazon.com.

Check out the full solicitation info below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

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G.I. JOE #1
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
DOES THE WORLD NEED G.I. JOE? Cobra had become an international peacekeeping force… and the future of G.I. JOE looks bleak. SCARLETT leads what’s left of America’s ultimate fighting force—but will she be able to keep hew team together? Real-world action and politics collide… and nothing will be the same.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• THE FALL OF G.I. JOE BEGINS! Hard-hitting real world action!
• Bold new era begins with the master of military fiction, Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)! 
• Scarlett commands the G.I. JOE team… but for how long?
• Foil-enhanced cover!
• Variant Cover by David Williams!

G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude 30th Anniversary pre-order on Amazon

It’s tough to argue that probably the most pre-eminent issue of G.I. Joe was issue #21.  The silent issue not only kick-started the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry, but also redefined the art form of comic story telling, and inspired many others to attempt the same feat (with varying degrees of success).

IDW Publishing is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this landmark comic event with a special “remastered” and oversized edition of this issue:

SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation – G.I. Joe #21 – remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to Snake Eye’s mysterious nemesis Storm Shadow and his Arashikage Ninja – and they’ve never looked better. Plus, catch an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic’s creation – and at its enduring legacy! Contains all-new commentary by Larry Hama!”

The additional commentary by Larry Hama sounds worth the price of admission in and of itself.  Check out the Pre-Order information on Amazon, this looks like a fun one.

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #15 Preview

Tomorrow marks the final issue in the latest run of IDW’s main G.I. Joe title, with a promised relaunch coming this fall entitled (unironically) “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.  It’s not a rebooting of continuity, though, in my understanding, simply the next stage in IDW’s G.I. Joe mythology.

Until then, check out the preview for G.I. Joe #15, which hits stores tomorrow.

G.I. Joe #15

Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE SEARCH FOR SIREN! The G.I. Joe team is on the hunt for the mysterious COBRA operative codenamed SIREN—but is her song luring them to their doom?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Hashtag stands alone—but will she fall?
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Get it while it’s hot!  Issue #14 marks the grand finale of IDW’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title, which was a rocky replacement for the Snake Eyes solo book that never really seemed to catch on with Joe fans or other readers.

The last issue is hitting comic shops tomorrow, so grab it while you can, and then wait for “The Fall of G.I. Joe” which should be coming later this year.

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Rosado, Paul Gulacy (c)

G.I. JOE—AMBUSHED! When the SPECIAL MISSIONS convoy faces a surprise attack from COBRA troopers and a dangerous sniper, it’s up to LOW LIGHT—G.I. JOE’s own long-range specialist—to turn the tables and get the team out in one piece!

Join the SPECIAL MISSIONS team for one last covert mission!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The end of SPECIAL MISSIONS!
  • Variant Cover by S L Gallant!

First tease for upcoming “Fall of G.I. Joe” IDW series coming later this year

Many fans were left wondering what was up with IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe series when it went missing from solicitation lists posted recently.  I had reached out to Editor in Chief Chris Ryall and got some clarification on that.

Now, over on their Facebook Page, IDW Publishing has let loose the first small teaser for what might be coming later this year.  It’s just a single cover image, and is appropriately called “The Fall of G.I. Joe”.

It’s an intriguing first image, and I know I’m really hoping to hear more as the convention season goes forth.

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Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe #14

Paul Allor’s run on G.I. Joe continues this month, and looks to continue strong as we get back to G.I. Joe’s perspective this month.  With a return of Steve Kurth and a step back towards the more familiar look and  feel of the previous several issues.

See a day in the life of Hashtag as we get a look at her first days on the Joe team and her return to action!  Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe #14

Paul Allor (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

SIREN’S SONG! The G.I. JOE team goes toe-to-toe with COBRA’s newest agent! SIREN knows all of COBRA’s secrets—and with the eyes of the world on DUKE and the squad, how will they break her spell?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Siren—a student of the darkest recesses of COBRA’s past—strikes!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams II

Clarification on the future of IDW’s main G.I. Joe title

Many folks have seen that the main G.I. Joe title from IDW Publishing has been noticeably absent from recent solicitation lists, and the rumors were circling that the book might be going the way of “Cobra” and “Special Missions”.

I reached out to Chris Ryall, Editor in Chief at IDW Publishing, and received the following reply:

“…the main title and Cobra are taking a small break. But will be back in a big way with a new team for THE FALL OF G.I. JOE. Coming, of course, this fall.”

 

So, this is pretty cool news.  Not only does this indicate that the main G.I. Joe title is going to be returning, but we’re going to be getting another Cobra book as well at some point this fall.

Meanwhile throughout the summer we can focus on A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe.  I’m very glad to hear this.  Fred Van Lente’s work on the main title had been pretty fun, and Allor’s two follow ups so far were no exception to that either…  so I’m looking forward to seeing where things pick up this fall.  Mr. Ryall also mentioned that they would be discussing this in more depth soon, so expect more information to come.

Big thanks to him for his response!  For G.I. Joe comics fans, I would also encourage you to visit IDWPublishing.com and share the G.I. Joe comic love.  Make sure you get some letters in there for Postbox: The Pit while you’re at it.

G.I. Joe Solicitations from IDW Publishing – May, 2014

We’re on the verge of some huge events in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200, and with Paul Allor wrapping up his run on G.I. Joe, what’s up next for our American Heroes?

Turns out… not a whole heck of a lot.  :(

May solicitations have hit from IDW Publishing, and we have one title on the list.  G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202 throws us back into the RAH world, but as of this moment, there doesn’t appear to be a main IDW-verse G.I. Joe title on the list.  We knew that Paul Allor’s run would last for four issues (which should wrap in April) but there is currently no apparent heir to that G.I. Joe throne.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a plan in place, but apparently that plan will not involve the month of May.

I’ve reached out to IDW to see if I can figure out what’s up, but until I get a response, check out the solicitations for May, 2014 after the jump.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199 and Special Missions #12

Relish new comic day tomorrow, G.I. Joe fans, as it might be one of the last times we get a “Two for One” G.I. Joe comic day.  With Cobra already gone and Special Missions wrapping up in April, pretty soon we’ll be down to just the flagship title and A Real American Hero (with Scioli’s Transformers and G.I. Joe coming in a short bit).  So soak this in while you can.

Brace yourself, too, as the race to Real American Hero #200 heats up with one more step towards the big G.I. Joe vs. Cobra showdown!  Check out previews for these two issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN! G.I. JOE has escaped the situation in Sierra Gordo intact… but COBRA has taken over their headquarters! That means only one thing: it’s time for a head-to-head confrontation between America’s best and the villainous COBRA COMMANDER’s forces. Join the battle in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #199 and prepare for everything to change in next month’s landmark issue #200!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • ONLY 1 ISSUE LEFT UNTIL G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200!
  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #12

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)

DESTRO MUST DIE part three! It’s a three-way showdown between the JOEs, COPPERBACK and a mysterious Mark II B.A.T. in an abandoned town from the old Soviet Union. And HELIX is here to tip the balance. The search for DESTRO continues and the noose around the villainous highlander begins to tighten!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy bring back a fan-favorite character!
  • Variant Cover by S L Gallant!