The World will always need G.I. Joe – A new direction by IDW

The World Will Always Need G.I. Joe
Karen Traviss Leads A Bold New Series

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San Diego, CA (August 27, 2014) – Acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss reignites the G.I. JOE franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on G.I. JOE is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.

The world has changed and so must G.I. JOE—lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen.

“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.

Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Veregge provides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.

“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel, GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”

Look for this new series to infiltrate comic shops this September, and follow IDW Publishing on facebook.com/idwpublishing and @idwpublishing for more news and updates!

IDW Publishing previews ashcan for G.I. Joe Season 4 #1

The next iteration of IDW Publishing’s main G.I. Joe title is set to launch again in September, promising a dramatic new look at the G.I. Joe universe. It’s a world where Cobra is seen as a legitimate security force and G.I. Joe has been drastically downsized.

Karen Traviss joins Steve Kurth on the reigns of G.I. Joe, and we get a glimpse at this new world that we’ll be seeing.

IDW has previewed the ashcan on their Facebook page, I’ve mirrored just a couple of the images below. Check out Facebook for the rest!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #205 and AE Disavowed Vol. 4

New comic day is tomorrow, and we have two IDW comics to look forward to… the newest installment of Real American Hero (yay!), and one collection of America’s Elite issues from Devils’ Due.

Check out the previews of these releases below.

G.I. JOE: America’s Elite, Disavowed, Vol. 4

Mike O’Sullivan, Mark Powers (w) • Tim Seeley, Javier Sicilia, Mike Bear (a) • S L Gallant (c)

A former teammate turned enemy seeks the answers for a past that is hidden from even himself, and the Baroness, one of the Cobra’s most deadly members, is at large and visiting violent retribution on all her enemies.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 136 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-078-0

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #19–24 of G.I. JOE: America’s Elite.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #205

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Torpedo and his team race against the clock in the mountains of Olliestan, with Dr. Adele Burkhart in tow. Will they make it out in one piece or will the pursuing insurgents take down our Real American Heroes?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Sketch variant cover by Larry Hama!

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