Larry Hama set another trend on Wednesday…did anyone notice?

Maybe I’ve missed the discussion, because I’ll grant you I’m not in too many comic book circles, but this past Wednesday saw the release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228, and with that one, mostly incidental comic issue, Larry Hama took another trendsetting step that I hope more publishers take note of.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a mostly male dominated comic, but one thing that has always shone through with G.I. Joe is the strong female characters that permeate the universe, even though they’re somewhat smaller in number.

On Wednesday, those females took over.  For 22 pages, Hama wrote a story told only using female characters within the G.I. Joe universe.  It wasn’t gratuitous, it wasn’t shouted from the rooftops or proclaimed as some big “event”, it was just done.  Baroness, Zarana, Dawn, Lady Jaye, Scarlett, Jinx, Cover Girl, Dr. Biggles-Jones, Cassandra Knox and several others drove the story as if it were just another issue of the comic.  No story was sacrificed, no punches were pulled, it just happened, and it was pretty great.

As most of you are aware, back in the 80s Larry wrote a now legendary comic, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21, and has freely admitted that back then it really didn’t get much notice.  People saw it as a gimmick and nothing more, but in the decades since, it has been elevated to legendary status and replicated by all manner of other comic writers and publishers.  He’s always managed to stay ahead of the curve.

I’m really impressed that this latest issue took this great step without making it a big deal.  Girls are part of G.I. Joe, that’s just the way it is, and they can be a major part of the story (or the only part) without any sacrifice to plot or action.  Not just that, but they’re such a normal part of the story, it’s not even a big deal when they take over the story.  Just another day in the life of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

As a lifelong G.I. Joe fan with two daughters, I applaud Mr. Hama for doing this, and for doing it naturally.  The issue was a great one, and the fact that it was driven by an all female cast only made it better.  If you haven’t grabbed issue #228 yet, you might want to get on that.  I suspect in ten years people may be looking back on it with similar inflection as the great issue #21.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228

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

It’s been an ashamedly long time since I devoted pages and words on this site to a review of the latest issue of the Real American Hero comic from IDW Publishing.  I’m not sure why that is, I suspect real life just got in the way, but I’m going to at least try and reconcile that this month.  Fair warning, spoilers will be found below.

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Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #224

The COBRA World Order moves at a rapid pace, with both Chuckles and Cover Girl wounded in action, the political machinations churn onward.

The latest installment of this series comes to your local comic shop tomorrow.  Check out the preview below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #224: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

Snake in the Grass! Just when G.I. JOE thinks its safe, COBRA reveals another layer to the Cobra World Order, as a close ally is revealed as a traitor. Can G.I. JOE survive this betrayal?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • I. Joe cannot escape the true grasp of the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #223

Part five of the new COBRA World Order hits comic shops tomorrow, and you can see the five part preview below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

The Sleepers Awaken! COBRA’s covert agents, situated all over the world, activate and prepare to bring about the Cobra World Order. G.I. JOE scrambles to take them down—but it may just be too late!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s sleepers rise up—and enact the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #222 and Transformers vs G.I. Joe #10

Two new G.I. Joe issues from IDW Publishing hit comic shops tomorrow as the COBRA World Order continues in A Real American Hero #222 and the capers of the Transformers and G.I. Joe dive further into strangeness in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #10.  Check out the previews below!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #222: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 4

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)

Cobra finally insinuates itself into the highest positions in the US government, while G.I. Joe approaches the highest powers in the pentagon for aid in the fight. But help comes from an unexpected ally that reveals the true nature of the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA WORLD ORDER comes to a head—COBRA’S true plan is finally revealed!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #10

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

REMEMBER US?! The most titanic tale of the twenty-first century takes an unexpected twist—BUT WHEN HAS TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE DONE ANY LESS?! Expect the unexpected—then throw your expectations out the window!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Boom!
  • BOOM!
  • BOOOOOOOM!

Preview for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #221

COBRA World Order continues, and it’s like a vintage fan’s dream come true…cameos galore from some great old school characters.

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hits Wednesday, there’s a preview for this upcoming issue below.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #221: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)

G.I. Joe begins to probe the depths of Cobra’s malevolent plan, but as intrigue after intrigue continues to stack up, even the Real American Heroes will hardly be prepared for Cobra Commander’s next move!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE will not be prepared for the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

Preview for IDW’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #220

Can I just reiterate how much I love SL Gallant’s artwork on this book?  Even during this short preview I have such an awesome feeling of nostalgia.  Great stuff.

Part Two of the COBRA World Order is in stores this Wednesday.  Check out the preview below, but more importantly, get to your local comic shop and BUY IT on Wednesday!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #220: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 2

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

Once G.I. Joe uncovers more about Cobra’s sinister plot, the villainous organization goes to ground and consolidates its forces. Cobra’s Master Plan is set to begin and G.I. Joe will not be prepared for the epic scale of the coming caranage!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA WORLD ORDER heats up!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #219 Preview

It’s new comic day, and IDW Publishing is hitting us with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #219!  That’s right, the COBRA World Order starts today!

Check out the preview of this latest issue below, and get ready for a wild ride.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #219: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 1

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

As suspicious Cobra activity flares up around the globe, Hawk leads a strike team to try and get to the bottom of the sinister organization’s latest plot. But the deeper G.I. Joe digs, the more chilling Cobra’s master plan becomes…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • COBRA WORLD ORDER begins—G.I. Joe beware!

IDW Publishing G.I. Joe Solicitations for January, 2016

The COBRA World Order continues into 2016 and IDW Publishing has released their list of January solicitations.  Check them out, with cover images, below.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

The Sleepers Awaken! COBRA’s covert agents, situated all over the world, activate and prepare to bring about the Cobra World Order. G.I. JOE scrambles to take them down—but it may just be too late!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #223: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 5—Toy Cover Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s sleepers rise up—and enact the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #224: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Stephen Mooney (c)

Snake in the Grass! Just when G.I. JOE thinks its safe, COBRA reveals another layer to the Cobra World Order, as a close ally is revealed as a traitor. Can G.I. JOE survive this betrayal?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #224: COBRA WORLD ORDER Part 6—Toy Cover Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. Joe cannot escape the true grasp of the COBRA WORLD ORDER!

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Classic G.I. JOE, Vol. 17

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant, Ron Wagner (a) • Chris Madden (c)

Larry Hama picks up the original storyline from G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero. Iceberg and his team are sent to the North Polar Icecap while Mainframe and Joe Colton battle against Firefly and Crystal Ball. Also, Flint, Lady Jaye, and Heavy Duty face an elusive and long-thought dead foe. Collects issues #166–175.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 244 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-506-8

Bullet points:

  • The original Real American Hero storyline continues!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero “Cobra World Order” Prelude Five-Page Preview

We’re on the cusp of the next G.I. Joe event, with the COBRA World Order getting ready to kick off! I’d say if you’re reading this page, you probably have a decent idea of where things have been prior to this point, but as a “jumping on” place, IDW is releasing the COBRA World Order Prelude, which outlines all of the converging storylines as we lead into this event, and brings readers up to speed on the current G.I. Joe mythology.

This issue hits stands tomorrow, check out the five page preview below

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero: COBRA WORLD ORDER Prelude—SPOTLIGHT

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Paul Pope (c)

It’s zero hour for Real American Hero! This table-setter leads into a mammoth 6-part bi-weekly event kicking off with next month’s RAH #219 and #220! G.I. JOE has been fighting the evil forces of COBRA for decades, but now COBRA is ready to unleash its master plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet Points:

  • A perfect jumping on point for G.I. Joe fans, new and old!
  • Covers from Paul Pope, Francesco Francavilla and Phil Jimenez!
  • The 7-part COBRA WORLD ORDER starts here and comnitnues in next month’s now- bi-weekly RAH!
  • Part of IDW’s Artist’s Edition Month promotion!