GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #201

The landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was the big story what seems like just a few weeks ago, so I was surprised to see the next issue already slated for release this past Wednesday.  I was quite pleasantly surprised, I should say, simply because while I enjoyed issue #200, I didn’t feel like it presented an impactful closure to the current story, and I was hoping to see how things continued to evolve.

As it turns out, issue #201 seems like more of a set up issue, but it’s still a quite enjoyable one.  Check out the full review after the jump.

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G.I. Joe comic news from WonderCon 2014

Well, sort of.  IDW Publishing held their panel at WonderCon today, and in attendance were John Barber and Carlos Guzman, who both have pitched in with editing duties for various G.I. Joe titles over the past few years.

Comic Book Resources was in attendance and there was quite a bit said about the upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe title by Barber and Tom Scioli, mentioning the Free Comic Book Day issue hitting May 3rd.  They also reiterated that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero will continue as normal.

The “big news” was that the main IDW continuity will pick up in September.  We’ve already seen a teaser image and heard the tagline “Fall of G.I. Joe”, so it sounds like this should hit us in September, so keep an eye out for those solicitations.

Check out the full article at Comic Book Resources.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200

As a collective, Marvel G.I. Joe fans have been hotly anticipating this huge release for quite a while now, and finally that day has arrived!  Larry Hama and SL Gallant have teamed up to bring G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 to Joe fans everywhere, and it also marks Gallant as the longest running artist in the book’s history!  That seems unbelievable, but it’s true.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier.  Gallant has a great artistic style, and is able to infuse character and dramatic action, while also being very faithful in the representation of realistic elements like weapons and vehicles.  It’s a critical mixture of skills that not many artists can capture.  Gallant does it perfectly.  I couldn’t be more pleased that he now has this landmark to his name, and I am greatly looking forward to his continuing run on this great book.

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Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200!

The day is finally here!  After what seems like a forever long wait, the landmark 200th issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero arrives on Wednesday, and in celebration of its arrival, you can check out the preview below.

With Larry Hama on writing duties and SL Gallant continuing his impressive art streak, we see a massive G.I. Joe armored division going head to head with Cobra forces in the Utah desert.

Check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200—GEM OF THE MONTH

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Gallant, Herb Trimpe (c)

This is it: the landmark 200th issue in this long-running series! G.I. JOE returns to the Pit, but things are not as they expected at their homebase. HAWK and DUKE prepare to take the team into a new era, as COBRA’s plans and new threats require a fresh approach.  Join the adventure in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200 and prepare for the next 200!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:

  • This is it! The landmark 200th issue of A Real American Hero!
  • Extra-sized issue, with bonus content!
  • Variant cover by Larry Hama!
  • Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!

Tom Scioli and John Barber talk to Comics Alliance about Transformers and G.I. Joe

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.

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Preview of IDW Publishing Free Comic Book Day Transformers vs G.I. Joe

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.

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Great photo set for cover of upcoming G.I. Joe: ARAH #200

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.

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe (Season 3) #13

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

Bullet points:

  • The secret history of the COBRA COMMANDER through the ages!
  • Variant Cover by Freddie Williams III!

 

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for April, 2014 reveals no more Special Missions

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.

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #9

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

Bullet points:

  • IT ALL ENDS HERE! FINAL ISSUE OF G.I. JOE: THE COBRA FILES!
  • Variant cover by Riley Rossmo!