It seems like just yesterday that we were getting a new “Season” of G.I. Joe from IDW Publishing, and here we are, seven issues deep and things are already moving at a breakneck pace. The issue hits local comic shops tomorrow, but you can see the first few pages right now.
G.I. Joe #7
Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jamal Igle, Kurth (c)
COBRA TAKES MANHATTAN! It was inevitable once the G.I. JOE team relocated that COBRA COMMANDER would put the Big Apple squarely in his sights. But the BARONESS and DESTRO are cooking up some schemes of their own… the question is: will those schemes make them allies to DUKE and company?
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· Steve Kurth returns—and so does the BARONESS!
· The hot new direction continues!
· Variant cover by Ryan Dunlavey!
The new Zartan storyline continues in the pages of Chuck Dixon’s G.I. Joe: Special Missions #6 , hitting comic shops tomorrow! Check out the preview below.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions #6
Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Paul Gulacy, James Biggie (c)
G.I. JOE has tracked a downed COBRA satellite to the lair of a vicious gang of motorcycle marauders called THE DREADNOKS! The bad news keeps coming with the re-appearance of ZARTAN as the leader of the biker maniacs and they have three G.I. JOE members captive! It’s up to ROADBLOCK and SPIRIT to rescue their brother warriors and stop ZARTAN before he turns himself into a weapon of mass destruction.
New comic day hits tomorrow, and the next installment in the excellent Mike Costa title the Cobra Files hits comic stores everywhere.
Check out the preview for Issue #5 below.
G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #5
Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Werther Dell’edera, Fuso (c)
Everyone on the COBRA FILES team is reeling from the previous mission. Everyone but CLOCKSPRING. He’s got other things on his mind. Dejected and bitter over FLINT and CHAMELEON’s recent tryst, he’s starting to listen to TOMAX’s sinister advice… and thinking of taking matters into his own hands.
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The origin of Clockspring… and what it means to the G.I. Joe team!
Covert operations have never been more undercover!
I meant to get this up yesterday, but unfortunately the crazy G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray release chaos slipped this down the priority list a little bit. Never let it be said that I don’t try to get the word out about IDW’s Real American Hero title, though… best comic on the market right now! Here is a preview for issue #192, which hits your local comic shops today.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #192
Larry Hama (w) • Sergio Cariello (a) S L Gallant (c)
G.I. JOE has held the upper hand for too long… now, it’s COBRA’s turn! COBRA COMMANDER is ready to launch an offensive strike that will bring G.I. JOE to its knees. The mighty shall fall and COBRA will rise again in G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #192!
One of the really intriguing aspects about the new IDW Publishing G.I. Joe title has been the short little nuggets at the beginning of each issue, outlining the “Real History of G.I. Joe”. Done by Ryan Dunlavey, they were a humerous and captivating look at G.I. Joe’s long and storied history over the past nearly 50 years, and I really looked forward to seeing them with each issue.
With issue #5 of G.I. Joe they are now done, and Dunlavey took a few moments to speak with Newsarama about the experience.
It’s a great interview, talking about Dunlavey’s background, how he got connected with Fred VanLente, and how his work on The Comics History of Comics helped shape what he did here. It’s a great interview, and I really loved these features, which Newsarama also posts (and which I’ve mirrored below).
Take a look at the interview right here, and check out the images below.
Yes, this is a plug, but please trust me when I say that this plug is a plug for something that I think all G.I. Joe comic fans will enjoy. IDW Publishing has been working alongside Mark Bellomo in developing the “G.I. Joe Complete Collection” which is a collection based assortment, taking stories from the Marvel Comics universe and bringing them all together into one cohesive series of volumes. This includes the Real American Hero main title, the Yearbooks, and Special Missions…and believe it or not, also the “in between” issues from the 25th Anniversary Comic Packs.
At first glance, this may seem like an odd inclusion, as the art and format of the comic packs doesn’t necessarily lend itself to meshing seamlessly with the surrounding issues. But trust me when I say, it actually works really well. Mark is a very good friend of mine, and I know he has been working long and hard putting these volumes together, and as a G.I. Joe fan of three decades, he is really pouring his heart and soul into it, as well as consulting with Larry Hama and others to ensure the format and vehicle is what it deserves to be.
Reviews from folks who actually have the books in hand have been glowing. Don’t miss out. Both volumes 1 and 2 are available at Amazon.com right now, with Volume 3 on the way soon. Hit the banners below to pick these up!
G.I. Joe fans, by and large, seem to love the Marvel Comics continuity, and who am I to argue? Good friend of GeneralsJoes Mark Bellomo has been working very long and very hard on the composition, layout, and format of these complete collections, and I’m excited to say that Volume 2 is on the verge of release.
It’s actually listed from Amazon as “In Stock”, so grab it while it’s hot! It collects the entirety of the Marvel Universe IN PROPER ORDER including issues from Comic Pack releases. Very cool stuff. Click the banner below to pick one of these up.
I feel very sad and disappointed that I didn’t get this review done more quickly, as this was an amazing issue of A Real American Hero. This was pure Hama greatness, almost as if pulled from the 80′s, with some great hints of Special Missions tossed in for good measure. This isn’t a “feel good” story of G.I. Joe, it’s wrought with many of the same government tensions and political frustrations as you may have witnessed with the old Special Missions series, yet it’s not obvious, it’s just a part of the story.
Every day that a new Real American Hero issue is released is a day that I’m one happy G.I. Joe fan. Check out the full review after the jump.
The news broke only a couple of days ago that DeNA and Hasbro had reached a partnership on a new mobile game for Android and IOS, entitled G.I. Joe: Battleground. Many folks hypothosized (myself included) that this would be a trading card format game, and it certainly seems to be a fact.
In my excitement, I was able to speak with former IDW G.I. Joe artist Robert Atkins, and he informs me that he is actually providing some artwork for this exciting mobile game! That makes me extremely happy, being a huge fan of Robert Atkins’ work and knowing what a diehard G.I. Joe fan he is, I’m absolutely thrilled that he’ll be doing some artwork for this game.
Hopefully he’ll be allowed to reveal some of his work either here on GeneralsJoes or over on his excellent blog, RobertAtkinsArt.
Speaking of Atkins, he actually posted a fantastic blog outlining a commission piece he did for my friend and fellow podcast host Gary Godsoe. Check that out right here, and just imagine a trading card themed mobile game with artwork like that. Awesome.
I’ve been pretty clear that my favorite ongoing G.I. Joe title at the moment is Larry Hama’s Real American Hero title, mostly because it manages to capture the nearly perfect combination of goofy fantasy and military action from the great 80′s series.
It is for this reason that I continue to be astounded at how much I love Mike Costa’s Cobra (and now the Cobra Files) series. It’s pretty much the polar opposite of a traditional G.I. Joe book, diving deep into the murky under belly of the current military machine, yet every month I find myself totally captivated by the stories told here. Even more amazing to me is the fact that Costa uses characters that there are no toys for (Ronin, the IDW Firewall, and to a point, Chameleon) and yet I still love it. Normally no toys for the characters in the book I’m reading is usually a knock against it. Not this time, though.
Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for my full review.