G.I. Joe: Retaliation prequel comic preview online at Comics Alliance

If you’re anything like me, you’re absolutely dying for G.I. Joe: Retaliation news or info.  Well, next week we should be getting our first look at the G.I. Joe: Retaliation universe courtesy of IDW’s prequel series, which hits comic stores on Wednesday.

If you’re impatient like I am, good news!  Comics Alliance has posted the five-page preview to the series, which catapults you right into a air battle between G.I. Joe and the Red Ninjas!  This initial adventure apparently takes place “several years ago…”  I do sincerely hope the entire 4-issue limited series doesn’t take place “several years ago” because I was hoping for some bridging between Rise of Cobra and Retaliation.  I guess time will tell.

I won’t mirror all the images here, instead you should hit up Comics Alliance for the awesome preview, and be sure to get to your local comic store on Wednesday to buy the full issue and start your G.I. Joe: Retaliation adventures!

Next two JoeCon 2011 Exclusive figures revealed – Tele Viper and Mainframe!

Following up with yesterday’s debut of Leatherneck and Python Patrol Cobra Trooper, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has, just today, revealed the next two figures in line, the Python Patrol Tele-Viper and Special Mission: Brazil Mainframe!

The figures continue to look pretty cool.  The Tele-Viper uses some different parts when compared to the original Anniversary version, utilizing Flint’s tooling instead of the Cobra Viper.  Mainframe looks to be using the same tooling as he did in the 25th Anniversary (which unfortunately also includes the somewhat squished head).  Interesting choice with Mainframe to put him in a standard “utility” uniform.  It does approximate the Special Missions: Brazil look without being a color-for-color reproduction.  Mainframe isn’t nearly as exciting to me as Leatherneck was…here’s hoping for a nicely colored Claymore or Wet Suit as a follow up.  I do like how Mainframe’s colors are very similar to Leatherneck, only in reverse.  It shows a neat kind of cohesiveness, without Mainframe looking too out of place.

Check out the gallery below with all four figures listed to date.

G.I. Joe Convention 2011 Brochure Online!

With JoeCon coming much earlier in the year next year, the Convention Brochure has already been posted online!

The biggest revelation, of course, is the announcement of the Convention Exclusive sets!  And would you look at this…  something that I mentioned on the GIJCC Club forums a while ago, and have been talking about on these very pages looks to be coming to pass!  No images, unfortunately, but enough details to make mouths water.

MISSION: BRAZIL II!  Check out this figure lineup and tell me the 25th Anniversary fan inside of you isn’t giddy:

“This updated fan favorite set includes 15 figures in the 25A body style including unique Brazilian characters and Python Patrol troop builders. Every collector will want these 25A style action figures from this set!

The G.I. Joe figures include Captain Claymore, Leatherneck, Wet-Suit, Mainframe, Dial-Tone and features the female secret agent, Sparta!

The Cobra figures include two Python Tele-Vipers, six Python Troopers and features the elusive Steel Cobra (Cobra de Aço)!  Each of these great teams comes with their classic weapons and accessories in this exciting 2011 fifteen figure boxed set. Mission Brazil II will be a great addition to your collection!”

My only real caveat is that I hope while the Club uses the Special Missions: Brazil concept, I hope they don’t mirror the exact paint schemes.  I’d love to see a classic Leatherneck, perhaps a Wet-Suit with the proper helmet, Mainframe with a better head sculpt, etc…  the only question I have lies with Dial Tone.  Obviously he got the classic homage with the 2011 incentive figure, so that makes me just a bit nervous that they might be going whole hog into the Special Missions: Brazil theme.  Time will tell.

I’m sure folks will be crazy for the Python Patrol soldiers as well.

One very intriguing aspect here has to be the addition of Sparta.  Released single carded in Brazil, Sparta was essentially a reissued Cover Girl.  So will this re-release give fans the 25th Anniversary Cover Girl figure they’ve been after?  It certainly appears that way.

Keeping my fingers crossed for some traditional paint apps, but beyond that, a terrific sounding concept.  Really looking forward to seeing some image reveals.  Check out the Brochure right here, and keep your eyes on GIJoeCon.com, this year (for the first time) we’re getting electronic registration, which promises to go up before Christmas.

Holidays and Convention Season…it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

G.I. Joe: Origins #7 thoughts from around the web

The seventh installment of G.I. Joe: Origins hit comic shops today and already various Joe sites are reporting their opinions on this issue, focusing on Mainframe and finally starting to lead us down the path towards COBRA.  Check out the various links below to see what your peers thought about this issue:

My own thoughts?  I liked it, over all.  Mainframe has really separated himself as a unique character here and has come out of the shell of the generic tech geek that we’ve seen in the past.  I like his rapport with Snake Eyes, and I like his new attitude.  I also LOVE what they’re doing with COBRA here.  Insinuating that it’s an organization that has existed for generations, and that it secretly funnels money through face companies…it almost sounds like the illuminate in a way, but in a very cool way.  Interesting take.

Youtube comes through again!

Once upon a time in the ought-90’s animation studios took a somewhat different approach to your typical cartoon production.  Slowly the more common line-art form of standard animation was pushed aside and the BRAND NEW WORLD of computerized animation was brought to the forefront.  Mainframe was by far the leader in this clubhouse, producing the fantastic Reboot and Beast Wars animated series that garnered strong fan support and critical acclaim.

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