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.

Something big in the works for IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero?

It’s the vaguest of notions right now, especially since the arc is a few months away, but over on his fan-focused Facebook Page, Larry Hama made a startling admission today…

I think it’s a safe bet that the story arc in GI JOE ARAH that is comprised of issues #212, 213 and 214 will be fairly collectible.

Keep in mind that Larry Hama never really goes out of his way to promote his work, and has fully admitted to not having much sketched out continuity-wise. Issue #208 just hit shelves, so this is a few months out, but this should be interesting to keep an eye on to say the least. According to IDW Solicitations there is a big character return around that time, so…

Continue to watch Larry Hama’s Fan Page and see if any more news drops!

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

I was hoping to get this published last week, but time was not on my side.  But better late than never.

Hama and Gallant once again dive into the classic Real American Hero world, yet manage to bring some new things to the table.  Are they all good?  I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m willing to buckle up and take the ride.

Click the Read More link below to check out the full review.

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Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #208 and Volume 10 TPB

Tomorrow brings us a couple of nice visits to the old school Real American Hero universe courtesy of Larry Hama, SL Gallant, and many other talented folks. Both the latest issue of Real American Hero as well as the collected Volume 10 should be out tomorrow and below you can see some previews!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE’s operation in Dublin continues, with the team blazing forward with a mind to avenge their fallen comrade. But when they discover the truth of what PALE PEONY and JINX have been investigating, G.I. JOE will have to make some tough calls and take tougher actions to stop the malevolent Revanche Corporation.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 10

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With COBRA on the run and the Pit in shambles, DUKE leads the team into a brave new era, as new teams are formed and G.I. JOE finds another base of operations. Plus, TORPEDO leads a dangerous rescue mission in Olliestan.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-154-1

Bullet points:

• Collects issues #201–205!

“Making it Up as I Go Along” – A documentary on Larry Hama from the Spitting Image

The Spitting Image is a creative production company and they focused some of their exceptionally talented attention on our very own Larry Hama. A new documentary entitled “Making it Up As I Go Along” follows Hama through New York ComicCon, hundreds of comics, and over three years of camera footage to produce a very slick and nicely presented documentary.

You can check it out on the Spitting-Image website, and it’s a great looking piece of work. Obviously there are G.I. Joe references throughout the production.

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: ARAH #206

New comic day tomorrow! While we still have a little while to wait for the new #1 issue of Karen Traviss’ take on G.I. Joe, tomorrow brings us another installment in the fantastic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero continuation by Larry Hama and SL Gallant.

I can tell from the preview that this is going to be a fun one. Some definite shades of old school Marvel greatness in these first few pages. Check out the preview and details below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #206
Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
With Torpedo’s team barely escaping their mission with their lives, G.I. JOE takes a moment to honor the mission’s sole casualty. But COBRA gives the Real American Hero team no time to rest as they move their latest nefarious plot forward. Never a dull moment in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #206!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
· Sketch variant cover by Larry Hama!

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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Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hits comic shops tomorrow, and IDW Publishing has released an action packed preview! Check out the details below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

TORPEDO leads a dangerous G.I. JOE rescue mission in Olliestan, and the odds are stacked against the team—will they make the evac in time before they get overwhelmed? A tense game of cat-and-mouse continues in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #204!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Variant cover by Larry Hama!

Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202

Wow, is it time for another issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero already?  Not that I’m complaining, I’m always excited about more Hama and Gallant gracing the pages of my favorite book.

It should be hitting comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With two new G.I. JOE headquarters active and ready to go, the Real American Hero team can tackle more threats than ever before! But after COBRA’s failed takeover of the Pit, the villainous organization takes a new tact and prepares for a new direction. Will G.I. JOE be up to the task of taking down the leaner, meaner COBRA? Find out in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #202!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A perfect jumping-on point to this classic series!
  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe: Silent Interlude 30th Anniversary pre-order on Amazon

It’s tough to argue that probably the most pre-eminent issue of G.I. Joe was issue #21.  The silent issue not only kick-started the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry, but also redefined the art form of comic story telling, and inspired many others to attempt the same feat (with varying degrees of success).

IDW Publishing is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this landmark comic event with a special “remastered” and oversized edition of this issue:

SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation – G.I. Joe #21 – remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to Snake Eye’s mysterious nemesis Storm Shadow and his Arashikage Ninja – and they’ve never looked better. Plus, catch an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama’s original layouts and Steve Leialoha’s finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic’s creation – and at its enduring legacy! Contains all-new commentary by Larry Hama!”

The additional commentary by Larry Hama sounds worth the price of admission in and of itself.  Check out the Pre-Order information on Amazon, this looks like a fun one.