GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209

Today brings us the latest installment in Hama and Gallant’s fantastic continuation of the Real American Hero mythology.  I’ve read the latest issue, check out my thoughts below.

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Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: SL Gallant
Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Neal Uyetake
Editor: Carlos Guzman

Juggling several different storylines, the Real American Hero book continues at a furious pace, trying to tell the Revanche story, the Sean Collins story, the Serpentor story, and the Crimson Guard story all simultaneously, yet trying to also weave them all together into a cohesive thread.

By and large, Larry Hama has been successful integrating all of the various elements into a decent story, though like the infamous Blue Ninja story arc, I am growing a tad bit weary of Revanche, especially after meeting the apparent head of the company here. I can bridge fantasy, science fiction, and realistic military as well as anyone else, but still seeing a cybernetic dude with a dozen robotic eyes growing from his skin takes me just a bit out of my comfort zone.

I will say, I enjoyed the inner conflict within the Joe team over the apparent attempt at resurrecting Serpentor. Most of them realize what a potential mistake it is, yet Joe and Jane seem adamant to go down that road, which will make things very interesting as they shape up.

Storm Shadow becomes a part of the story again, yet again I find myself curious as to how these Revanche cyber-ninjas could be so powerful in the last story arc, yet now, Storm Shadow can single-handedly dispose of a dozen of them with a few sword swipes.

Gallant continues his trend of classic artwork, nicely capturing the look and feel of the vintage G.I. Joe design aesthetic. The thing I love most, though is his sense of motion. Everything is very dramatic and flows nicely from panel-to-panel, yet the impact shots actually feel like they mean something. It’s an excellent bridge between realism and animation and he seems able to walk that line to perfection, which suits the G.I. Joe story well. After all, G.I. Joe itself walks that line between realism and fantasy, it’s only appropriate that the artwork follow that trend.

This was a good issue. Hama and Gallant continue to do great work bringing those classic elements forward and still telling a great tail. It was good to see characters like Airtight and Bazooka, and I would encourage the creative team to continue exploring those (slightly) less known members of the G.I. Joe team. I was a bit disappointed with the mission in Ireland featuring mostly G.I. Joe mainstays like Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, and Roadblock, and I hope Hama continues to utilize the large and varied roster at his disposal.

A good next step of an issue, though as I said, I am hoping to see some wrap up of the Revanche story line soon.

Previews for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles for Wednesday, December 17th

Yeah, I know new comic day has already come and gone, but figured folks who hadn’t made it to their comic shops yet might want to scope these out anyway. Both Real American Hero #209 and G.I. Joe #4 hit today, check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe #4
Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
ON THE RUN! The G.I. Joe team is in pursuit of their target, a revolutionary warlord—but he has a snake in his midst… as the COBRA peacekeeping force circles, SCARLETT’s decisions force other military agencies into action.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Superstar novelist Karen Traviss and the G.I. Joe veteran Steve Kurth take the team to uncharted territory!
· Variant Cover by David Williams!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
The secrets and true dangers of the Revanche Corporation have become clear to G.I. JOE… but will this new threat keep G.I. JOE from uncovering COBRA’s newest plot? The mysterious pile up as time runs out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points: 
· Variant sketch cover by Larry Hama!

IDW’s G.I. Joe #3 and Transformers and G.I. Joe #4 Previews

Today is new comic day, and IDW Publishing is releasing two G.I. Joe themed issues today. The fourth “season” of the flagship G.I. Joe title hits issue #3 today, complimented by the zany and wild fourth issue of Transformers and G.I. Joe by Tom Scioli.

Check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe #3

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE continues…and things get worse. Who is Duke working for—and why? Plus—while the G.I. JOE team is under fire, Scarlett struggles to hold them together…and the COBRA peacekeeping force continue its advance.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Bold new era continues with superstar writer Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)!
  • In the battlefield, there’s no black and white—only shades of gray.
  • Connecting Variant cover by David Williams!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #4

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

THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home—and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS—on Earth and Cybertron. Plus—just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The biggest crossover the cosmos has ever faced JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER!!!
  • Ask your retailer about the Tom Scioli connecting variant cover! Connects with the variants for #2 & #3 creating one big piece!

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for February, 2014

IDW Publishing has posted their solicitation list for upcoming comics for February, 2014 including new issues for the main G.I. Joe title, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra.

As one might expect, you could find spoilers below.

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IDW Solicitations for November, 2014

At least partly.

The majority of the images and details for November’s G.I. Joe releases has been revealed by IDW Publishing, though they didn’t post the retail cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208 and I don’t see anything for Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.

As for the rest of it, check out the list below… in spite of myself, I’m getting excited for the next new iteration of the main G.I. Joe title, and of course, Real American Hero continues to blow me away. Click the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full solicitation list.

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Solicitations for IDW’s G.I. Joe titles – October, 2014

IDW Publishing has released the solicitation information for upcoming G.I. Joe related titles for October! This includes the 6th volume of the “Complete Collection” as well as Real American Hero #207 and the new G.I. Joe #2! Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe hits their 4th issue that month as well. Check out the solicitation information below.

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G.I. Joe #2

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! Scarlett’s last chance to save the G.I. JOE team’s existence is threatened on all sides—the U.S. government, shady spy organizations, two warring factions in a nation in the throes of civil war… plus the benevolent peace-keeping forces of Cobra?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. Joe #2—Subscription Variant

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Bold new era continues with superstar writer Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando)!
  • SCARLETT commands the G.I. JOE team!
  • The world will always need the G.I. JOE team—right?!
  • Ask your retailer about the David Williams variant cover, connecting to variants for issues 1, 3 and 4!

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #207

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Crimson Guard members have been infiltrating the nation for months now… and Cobra Commander prepares to spring his plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

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G.I JOE: The Complete Collection, Vol. 6

Larry Hama (w) • Rod Whigham, Herb Trimpe, Ron Wagner, Mike Zeck, Dennis Janke, Todd McFarlane, Marshall Rogers (a) • N/A (c)

G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION presents the full run of original G.I. JOE comics in proper reading order. Includes an introduction by Mark W. Bellomo, issue notes, and vehicle profiles.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-124-4

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #54–61 of A REAL AMERICAN HERO, #3–5 of SPECIAL MISSIONS, and YEARBOOK #3.

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Transformers VS G.I. JOE #4

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

THE WAR AT HOME! But whose home—and whose war?! Interstellar war has never been so cosmic! The G.I. JOE team faces the TRANSFORMERS—on Earth and Cybertron. Plus—just in time for Halloween… meet the OCTOBER GUARD!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Transformers VS G.I. Joe #4—Subscription Variant

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • The biggest crossover the cosmos has ever faced JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER!!!
  • Ask your retailer about the Tom Scioli connecting variant cover! Connects with the variants for #2 & #3 creating one big piece!

Three pages from upcoming Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 by IDW

Thanks to Entertainment News International for cluing us in to the fact that Apple’s iBook Store has posted a few pages from the upcoming first issue of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe by John Barber and Tom Scioli. I know it’s a style that isn’t for everyone, but I didn’t mind the #0 issue, and actually these three pages look pretty fun. I’m feeling some serious early Mike Vosberg vibes and that’s a fun thing.

Check out the three pages below.

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for September, 2014

Yesterday the news broke about the upcoming G.I. Joe relaunch, and afterwards, the rest of the IDW Solicitations for September became available.  This includes G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Transformers and G.I. Joe as well.

Check out the full Solicitation list after the break.

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Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

The world of G.I. Joe continues rolling this month with Issue #203 from IDW Publishing!  It should be hitting comic stores tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

While G.I. JOE continues to adjust to their new circumstances, COBRA COMMANDER begins making his play to unite COBRA. However, his serpentine plot has many twists and turns, and with ZARTAN, DESTRO and BARONESS in the mix, the results may be unexpected—and dangerous! All the pieces fall into place in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Larry Hama sketch variant cover!

Also coming this week is the G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus!  Collecting the first 12 issues of G.I. Joe: Origins, find out how the team got its start.

G.I. JOE: Origins Omnibus, Vol. 1

Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, J.T. Krul, Marc Andreyko (w) • Mike Hawthorne, Tom Feister, Agustin Padilla, Rick Ketcham, Alex Cal, Andrea Mutti, Klaus Scherwinski, Ben Templesmith (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

A new era calls for a new type of fighting force. It’s a time of wars fought in city streets and back alleys, not on open battlefields. Read from the beginning, as the team known as G.I. JOE, is formed to deal with this new breed of warfare.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 296 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-867-8

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #0–12 of G.I. JOE: Origins.