Free Comic Day is fast approaching, and Comics Alliance took some time to talk to IDW Editor John Barber and writer Tom Scioli about the upcoming new ongoing Transformers and G.I. Joe title.
Interspersed throughout the interview are some pretty neat looking preview pages of the upcoming title, with lots of great detail about the process both Barber and Scioli are using in sketching out their plan for the book.
It’s a great read, you should check it out over at Comics Alliance.
Ever since it was first announced with Scioli at the helm, I’ve been fascinated by the prospect of this new Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series. Scioli has a tremendously vintage artistic style, and judging by this preview, that style is infused throughout the entire story as well as the art.
The first issue apparently starts out with a bang, as G.I. Joe charges en masse into a Cobra compound, facing deadly creeper vines, Dr. Venom, and Major Bludd. All after a cool sequence between Starscream and Bumblebee, of course.
It’s an interesting aesthetic. I’m sure there will be some Joe fans who are a bit turned off by the distinctive look and feel, but I kinda love it. It calls back to a simpler time, and I love that things are pretty wide open. Once you see Snake Eyes in action, you’ll know what I mean.
Check out the preview at FreeComicBookDay.com.
Over on his Tumblr page, Chris Ryall, editor in chief for IDW Publishing has posted a fantastic photo set showing the progression of the cover artwork for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200. It shows the initial sketch by Larry Hama, with pencils & inks by SL Gallant, and then the final cover image.
I love the dichotomy between the classic Duke and Cobra Commander and the Pursuit of Cobra HISS…very interesting to read, too, that Gallant is now officially the longest tenure artist on the title. That is shocking, but very cool as well. It certainly helps that I’m a huge fan of his work.
Check out the photo set below.
If Paul Allor’s work on G.I. Joe Issue #12 is any indication, we’re going to be the lucky ones once Issue #13 hits comic stores tomorrow. Diving back into the past of the Cobra organization, Allor managed to weave a very interesting historical tale, and nicely develop various different Cobra Commanders from centuries past, even though he only had a few pages to devote to each one.
This next issue continues that look back into the depths of Cobra’s history, and I’m excited to check it out. Until then, take a peek at the preview below.
G.I. Joe #13
Paul Allor (w) • Robert Atkins, Alex Cal, Chris Evenhuis (p) • Steve Kurth (c)
THE SECRET HISTORY OF COBRA COMMANDER! BARONESS leads COBRA’s newest recruit, the enigmatic SIREN, on a journey through history to the earliest days of COBRA… but what is SIREN’s secret?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- The secret history of the COBRA COMMANDER through the ages!
- Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!
Wow, sad news for fans of Chuck Dixon’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions title as apparently after April, 2014, IDW Publishing will no longer be producing the title. That leaves the main G.I. Joe title as the only “IDW” continuity G.I. Joe ongoing title still telling the story of this new G.I. Joe and Cobra conflict.
It brings to mind the question of how well these books are selling and if there’s enough fan demand to continue bringing IDW’s G.I. Joe to local comic stores on a monthly basis.
Paul Allor continues his work on the flagship title while we deal with the ramifications of issue #200 in the Real American Hero universe. Check out the full solicitation list below.
Well, this is it. The very last issue of Mike Costa’s amazing take on the modern G.I. Joe universe. A twisted tale of intrigue, drama, and deep characterization, the Cobra (and thus, the Cobra Files) have helped redefine how the G.I. Joe universe as a whole is conceived.
Bug kudos to Costa, Gage, and Antonio Fuso who helped steer this ship from the very beginning. The preview for this landmark issue is below. Be sure to pick it up at comic shops tomorrow and see how it all ends.
G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #9
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)
THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS – PART 2! TOMAX and CHAMELEON meet face-to-face amid the chaos that the Crimson Twin has unleashed on G.I. JOE’s covert facility. Who will walk away alive? Will either of them? DON’T MISS THE EXPLOSIVE CONCLUSION TO G.I. JOE: THE COBRA FILES!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- IT ALL ENDS HERE! FINAL ISSUE OF G.I. JOE: THE COBRA FILES!
- Variant cover by Riley Rossmo!
It’s not just the big box stores and retail outlets that have Black Friday specials! Comic artist Tom Feister is blowing out some G.I. Joe prints himself today at a terrific bargain.
Over on Facebook, Mr. Feister is offering all six of his G.I. Joe prints, signed to the buyer, for $25! That is an insanely good deal for a set of terrific looking prints, taken from the covers of G.I. Joe: Origins by IDW Publishing.
Hit up his Facebook page to grab a set before they’re gone.
Big thanks to HISSTank.com for the info!
New comic day tomorrow, which means a new G.I. Joe comic, and this week we’ve got the latest installment in the Special Missions series! Check out the preview below.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #9
Chuck Dixon (w) • Jamal Igle (a) • Igle, Paul Gulacy (c)
BILDOCKER’S DAY OFF! The Special Mission Unit’s expert conniver and master scrounger wants to prove he’s got as much right to be G.I. JOE as anyone else. BILDOCKER and DIAL-TONE take off on a road trip to the Florida Everglades to cut a deal with one of his shady contacts. But what they find out in the swamp is a weapon of mass destruction auction run by COBRA! Can BILDOCKER talk himself and DIAL-TONE out of becoming gator bait?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- The SPECIAL MISSIONS team heads to the Everglades!
- Variant cover by S L Gallant!
It’s a book every G.I. Joe Marvel Comics fan won’t want to be without…the G.I. Joe Complete Collection has been a fantastic release by Mark Bellomo, collecting all of the Marvel issues with color corrections and some great insight by Larry Hama himself.
IDW Limited is taking these Complete Collections and wrapping them into their fantastic deluxe hardcover offerings, many with exclusive artwork just for that volume.
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New comic day arrives on Wednesday this week with the latest exciting issue of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing. The Mad Monk saga continues through the streets of New York as G.I. Joe scrambles to stop his nefarious plan!
Check out the preview for this latest action-packed issue below.
G.I. Joe #9
Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)
THREAT MATRIX! Below the streets and above the high rises of the New York City, the G.I. Joe team is strained to the brink fighting back THE MAD MONK’s all-out assault on the Big Apple! But… is that playing right into his hands to ultimately destroy DUKE?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- COBRA takes Manhattan!
- Who is the G.I. JOE team’s traitor?!
- Ryan Dunlavey “Intern of Cobra” variant cover!