Revolution #1 Review – IDW Publishing

It started off as strange, obscure hints several months ago…a Revolution was coming.  Then word came out and things really heated up with lots of discussion revolving around this big combined Hasbro universe event bringing together diverse brands into one cohesive world.

So it’s official… the Revolution has arrived.  It started with Rom and with Revolution #1 this month (though technically the prelude kicked it off a couple of weeks ago).  So was it worth the wait?  Is it an event worthy of the Revolution title?

Read below to find out, though fair warning – Spoilers are aplenty!

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Solicitations for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe related December titles

December promises to be a big month for G.I. Joe comics as the new ongoing G.I. Joe series from Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis (among many others) kicks off alongside the new Revolutionaries title, which also has some serious G.I. Joe connections.  I also threw MASK #2 in there, too, because…well, it’s freaking MASK that’s why.

Check out the December solicitation information below.

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Revolutionaries #1—SPOTLIGHT

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER–but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together… and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Fico Ossio Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

Bullet points:

  • Exclusive bound-in Savage mini-comic reprinting a lost tale written and drawn by the late, great Joe Kubert himself!
  • Written by one part of the powerhouse creative team that brought you the mega-event, Revolution!
  • New tales that continue the storyline of the hit Revolution comic-book event and featuring the same amazing creative team!
  • Illustrated by Revolution artist, burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • The secrets of the Hasbro universe will be revealed. If you follow one new book this month, make it Revolutionaries!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one–they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you the crown jewel of the Hasbro Universe: lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event!
  • Writer Aubrey Sitterson brings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos!
  • Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis!
  • With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA prepares for its next strike against G.I. JOE, and this time, the Real American Heroes won’t see it coming!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Wil Rosado, Alberto Muriel, Casey Maloney, Werther Dell’Edera, Antonio Fuso (a) • Adam Gorham (c)

The Cobra Civil War is raging and G.I. JOE is caught dead in their sites as the battle for control pits the most powerful members of Cobra against each other, but only one will emerge as the new leader! Collects G.I JOE Season 2 issues #5–8, Cobra #5–8, and Snake Eyes #5–8.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 292 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-799-4

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s newest leader is revealed!

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-549-3

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-655-1

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-793-0

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-931-6

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-103-9

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-533-4

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

M.A.S.K. vs. V.E.N.O.M. for the very first time! After being lured into a trap, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team must survive in order to stop Miles Mayhem from leaking their secret technology to terrorist cells around the world. Matt and Gloria Baker go undercover to infiltrate a black market weapons ring but what they discover will change Matt’s life forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Joe Suitor Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Joe Suitor (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Special back-up material in every issue written by Tommy Lee Edwards!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Ferriera!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: ARAH, Action Man, Revolution titles

Tomorrow looks to be a big new comic day for G.I. Joe fans and comic or toy fans in general!  Revolution kicks off with a bang, launching both Revolution #1 and Rom: Revolution #1.  Not only that, but Action Man #4 hits shelves and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #232… and judging by the preview for RAH, there’s a shocking turn of events for one of our Joes!

Check out the full previews after the jump!

Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!

Rom: Revolution #1

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

After the Revolution comes the Revolutionaries

IDW Publishing has dropped some very cool news with the announcement of a new ongoing title spinning out of their “Revolution” event happening now!

Once Revolution wraps, a brand new ongoing title “Revolutionaries” will make its debit featuring a unique combination of characters from the various Hasbro franchises working in concert with each other.  Comic Book Resources dropped the scoop yesterday, with IDW sending out an official press release today.

So why is this exciting?  Well, Revolutionaries will feature some serious connective tissue to all manners of G.I. Joe continuity, including Action Man, a new character named Mayday, as well as some other really cool news.  According to John Barber:

Well, the first issue reprints — for the first time — the Joe Kubert “Sgt. Savage and His Screaming Eagles” G.I. Joe mini-comics. That’s a set of characters I don’t really have a personal connection with, those came out while I was, let’s say, between ages where I was into G.I. Joe toys. I don’t know what people think of those characters, but it’s really bonkers stuff. I mean, they had little in-pack comics and they got Joe Kubert to write, draw, color and letter them. The legendary Joe Kubert! The premise of Sgt. Savage is pretty nuts, but within that storyline is a group called I.R.O.N. — the International Robotic Operations Network — who show up in issue one of “Revolutionaries.” Meanwhile, in “G.I. Joe Extreme,” there was the Iron Klaw, and in “Action Force” there was Baron Ironblood. Is there a connection?!?

He also mentions that an event in Kalistan is what kicks off the whole Revolutionaries title, and any G.I. Joe fan worth their salt knows Kalistan was the country that Iron Klaw ruled while secretly also creating the insidious terrorist organization called S.K.A.R.

Sounds like some very cool side elements being brought into this world.  Check out the article on CBR for some more great insight and the full press release is below.

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Revolution Paves Way For Revolutionaries

Revolution Paves Way For Revolutionaries

A New Team of Hasbro Characters Unite To Form REVOLUTIONARIES

San Diego, CA (September 1, 2016) – REVOLUTION was only the beginning! Once the dust settles on Revolution, IDW’s groundbreaking event series that catapulted a new comic book universe into existence, heroes and villains will rise from the ashes to form new alliances and take on even greater challenges in this brave new comic world.

REVOLUTIONARIES will be born.

A G.I. Joe, a man of action, and a few Cybertronians thrown in for good measure, will form the basis of a team unlike any ever conceived before.

REVOLUTIONARIES, the latest addition to the first wave of post-Revolution titles, will further explore and shape the fledgling comic universe which encompasses TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, ROM, MICRONAUTS, ACTION MAN, and M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND.

This series will reunite Revolution writer John Barber and artist Fico Ossio and will team characters from every corner of this action-packed series, showcasing a full slate of mind-blowing guest stars, including both old favorites and exciting new additions. In addition to the regular players of Action Man, Blackrock (Transformers), Mayday (G.I. Joe), and Kup (Transformers), Revolutionaries will feature a rotating cast of teammates, opening the door for dream team-ups from issue to issue. These Revolutionaries will band together over the course of the unraveling central storyline, a mysterious plot, that serves as the backbone throughout the series.

Join the REVOLUTION on September 14 when the debut issue arrives and prepare for the next stage of evolution with REVOLUTIONARIES this December.

Get ready G.I. Joe fans – the Revolution has arrived!

It’s been teased for months, and we’ve all been bracing ourselves for it, but now it’s official… IDW Publishing’s Revolution series is officially HERE.

Over on IDW Publishing.com the Prelude to Revolution is available as a free download, and meanwhile you can check out the preview to the full first issue of Revolution over on Comic Book Resources.

Along with that over on YoJoe.com G.I. Joe comics mastermind antarctica is already putting the foundation in place for an entire section of their comics archive focused on the Revolution series!  Exciting stuff.

Meanwhile, over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, new G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Giannis Milonogiannis have joined up and are sharing some really great info and intel about the upcoming series!  Revolution is looking to start off on a very strong footing, and as a G.I. Joe fan I’m excited, but as a G.I. Joe, Transformers, MASK (and heck Visionaries, too) fan, I’m REALLY excited.  This is looking like a pretty fun, intertwined storyline.  Be sure to bookmark all of those places and keep checking back here, because I’m loving what I’m seeing so far, and I think Revolution will give us all something to talk about!

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IDW Publishing Solicitations gives first look at post Revolution G.I. Joe

Although IDW’s Revolution storyline kicks off in September, the first G.I. Joe book spinning out of that event releases in October.  IDW Publishing just sent out the solicitation information for October, so, as one might expect, some new tidbits about G.I. Joe’s new direction can be found within.

Below I’m posting any relevant G.I. Joe solicitations as well as the Revolution comic itself, considering any potential tie ins with the main Joe title.  Obviously Hama’s Real American Hero comic is chugging right along as well!  Check out all the details below.

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G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! Thanks to the events of REVOLUTION, the G.I. Joe team led by Scarlett returns to the fray, leading the charge against invading TRANSFORMERS and other aliens. But when a US military defense base goes dark, Scarlett has reason to suspect that these enemy forces may have infiltrated G.I. Joe. It’s up to her, Roadblock, Rock ‘n Roll, Quick Kick, Wild Bill, and Shipwreck to move in and root out any traitors before the facility falls into the wrong hands!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE returns to the fray!
  • A key one-shot connected to the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

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Action Man: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

John Barber (w) •  Paolo Villanelli (a) • Drew Johnson (c)

REVOLUTION WORLDWIDE! While the battle between TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM rages across the Earth, the U.K.’s top field agent, ACTION MAN, tracks down the mystery of ORE-13—and finds an unusual metal ally!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #233: Snake In The Grass, Part 4

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

As the allegiance of the traitors within Cobra and G.I. Joe shifts, new allies come to the fore… but new enemies also rise out of the woodwork, and they could lead to revolt within G.I. Joe and Cobra alike!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #233: Snake In The Grass, Part 4—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 16

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA COMMANDER believes he has disposed of all the COBRA members that were planning to strike against him. But with Destro saving all his men from the Silent Castle and Zartan leading his group away before any harm could come to them, the Commander’s COBRA Nation might be in more trouble than he thinks. Collects issues #226–230.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-732-1

Bullet points:

  • The Classic Series Continues!

Revolution #3 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THEY CAME FROM MICROSPACE! What terror reaches through the tendrils of entropy into our universe—and why does ROM want to kill it? Meanwhile, M.A.S.K.’s MATT TRAKKER makes a startling discovery about the TRANSFORMERS—but will G.I. JOE’s SCARLETT believe him?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

Revolution #4 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

SILENT INTERLUDE! One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

IDW Solicitations reveal details of upcoming Revolution

The latest round of IDW Publishing Solicitations has been uploaded and this brings us to September, 2016 and the kick off for IDW’s exciting new Revolution initiative!  Rather than just focusing on the G.I. Joe side of things (well, because there’s no G.I. Joe/Revolution tie-in for September, just the latest Real American Hero issue) I’m going to try and cover all relevant Revolution titles that might intersect with the G.I. Joe universe in some meaningful way within the first five week series.

Looking through the issue descriptions below you can see some things starting to take shape… Dire Wraiths infiltrating G.I. Joe, a mysterious decades long plan by Miles Mayhem.

Check out the details below.

Revolution #1 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant: Optimus Prime and Scarlett

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!
  • Variant covers by Ken Christiansen, Guido Guidi, and Art Baltazar!

Revolution #2 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

ROM—A MURDERER?! That’s what OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS think—and right or wrong, there’s only one outcome: all-out war! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE turns to the one person who can save the world from ultimate destruction—MILES MAYHEM!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

The origin of M.A.S.K.! Miles Mayhem’s decades long plans are finally coming to fruition, but will the revealed secrets he has hidden from Matt Trakker create a new enemy bent on Mayhem’s undoing? A special story tying directly into REVOLUTION!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The triumphant return of M.A.S.K.!
  • Special one-shot connected to the REVOLUTION Series Event! Do not miss this issue!
  • All-new M.A.S.K. ongoing series coming later this Fall!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Micronauts: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a & c)

LOST IN MICROSPACE! Plagued by scavengers, harried by agents of BARON KARZA, and guided by the mysterious TIME TRAVELERS—the MICRONAUTS make a HUGE discovery—one that will transform everything they thought they knew about their universe.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • REVOLUTION is here—and the diminutive denizens of Microspace play a big role!
  • A key one-shot connected to both the ongoing saga of the MICRONAUTS—and the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Rom: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Rob Liefeld Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Rob Liefeld (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Blank Sketch Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

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Revolution: The Road to Revolution 100-Page Special #1

Simon Furman, Chuck Dixon, John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott, Karen Traviss (w) • Robert Atkins, Brendan Cahill, Guido Guidi, E.J. Su, Steve Kurth, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sarah Stone (a) • Pop Mhan (c)

Ten years of TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics have led to this month’s REVOLUTION! This bargain-priced bonanza presents five key stories that have paved the road to the universe being born this month! From the first-ever IDW Transformers comic to the Karen Traviss G.I. JOE, the building blocks of this universe have been growing for years!

FC • 100 pages • $7.99

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Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man #4—UK Theme Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—SPOTLIGHT

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.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-744-4

Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—Direct Market Exclusive Edition

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Zach Howard (c)

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-759-8

Bullet points:

  • “Street Fighter x G.I. Joe delivers exactly what it promises…” –IGN
  • Advance solicited for October release!

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 104 is online!

Hold onto your butts… What’s on Joe Mind is here with Episode 104, just recorded last week and ready to roll for JoeCon 2016!  We cover the latest news, talk about the Joes of 2004, and lose track of what we’re saying consistently for nearly two hours.  Just another day at the WOJM studio.

You can listen to the episode on Podbean, or the embedded player below.

Show Notes

We talk about the Joes from 2004, catch up on the news, begin to set the table of what will happen at JoeCon…and generally get side tracked – A LOT.  Download it now and listen to it on your way to JoeCon!

Speaking of JoeCon, be sure to catch Mike, Gary, Joe and Chris McLeod from the Full Force at our JoeCon panel on Sunday, June 19th at 1:00.  It will be the last ever panel at JoeCon. Join us as we turn out the lights…forever (maybe, maybe not, we will see – we’re looking at you Hasbro!)

If you have not signed it already, be sure to sign our petition to Save the GI Joe Convention! If you want a Joe-only convention like us, make sure you sign the petition and let the powers-that-be know what you think!  More than 2500 people have signed.  Sign on the campaign today!
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News and Intel

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Variant covers for IDW’s Revolution #1 revealed

Comic Book Resources has revealed images from the upcoming variant covers for IDW Publishing’s “Revolution” series.  There are five variants to the first issue, and the article also includes an amazing piece of art by John Byrne,  Something about seeing Byrne draw a handful of G.I. Joe characters just gives me a warm feeling, and I gotta admit, I’m quickly warming up to seeing MASK and the Joes running alongside each other.  I may be slowly getting on board this whole shared universe train.

Check out the full details at Comic Book Resources, and the mirrored images below.

Big kudos to Adam Riches for his contribution – the cover with a toy homage to Optimus Prime and Scarlett.  Looks pretty boss, Adam!

IDW Publishing’s “Revolution” revealed!

UPDATE – I reached out to Chris Ryall, editor at IDW to inquire about A Real American Hero, and he confirmed that this title will be “untouched by the #IDWRevolution”.  Great news!

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Well, I’m not generally one to pat myself on the back, but…

For a while, IDW Publishing has been promoting a mysterious “Revolution”, hinting at some major storyline or paradigm shift with their comics, and sure enough, Entertainment Weekly brings news that this “Revolution” happens in September.

A short while ago, I posited that this rumored “Revolution” would potentially feature an alignment of IDW’s Hasbro properties, and indeed that looks to be what’s happening here.

Revolution is a five-part biweekly series which brings the Hasbro universes together, and as a result of this coming together, the M.A.S.K. title will be born.

Now, all of this doesn’t come without its share of risks.  According to editor Chris Ryall, all titles are going to be relaunched with new #1 issues, though Ryall also stresses that this is NOT a reboot.  The universes are coalescing in new ways, but past history is not just being wiped away here.

I think this is a fascinating concept, and may hopefully provide some insight into what Hasbro might be attempting with their huge cinematic universe initiative.  We’ll see how successful things are.  To me, the real question is whether Real American Hero is going to reset, or whether this will be the birth of a new main line G.I. Joe #1.  These are questions I’m going to work to find the answers to, but for now, it seems like an interesting and exciting concept, and I’ll be eagerly anticipating the results in September.

Check out the full article with a great interview with Chris Ryall over on Entertainment Weekly.

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