Preview for IDW Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3

Mike Costa and Paolo Vilanelli continues to do the impossible, and make me fully invested in a Snake Eyes solo book…the latest issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra hits comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3 (of 5)

Mike Costa (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

As STORM SHADOW leads the Arashikage clan closer and closer to capturing the former COBRA COMMANDER’s son, SNAKE EYES must race ahead and bring the target to COBRA before it’s too late. But what will SNAKE EYES do once G.I. JOE gets involved?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A story of moral dilemmas, hard choices…and Ninjas!

GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

Yes, I know I’m running a bit more than a week behind, but I feel so strongly about  Costa’s new G.I. Joe story that I wanted to get a review posted anyway.  If G.I. Joe fans aren’t paying attention to this book, you’re doing yourself a real disservice.  Even folks who are not huge fans of Snake Eyes (like me) should crack open these pages and soak them in.

Click the Continue Reading link below for the full review.

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Preview for IDW Publishing Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2

I was very pleasently surprised by the first issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, which went in directions that I was honestly not envisioning…it certainly appears that Mike Costa has not lost any of the magic he had from Cobra and the Cobra Files.

The second issue is hitting comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #2 (of 5)

Mike Costa (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

SNAKE EYES begins his mission for COBRA: tracking down the former COBRA COMMANDER’s son and bringing him in. But SNAKE EYES is not the only COBRA agent on the hunt… as Storm Shadow enters the fray, looking for revenge!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Will Storm Shadow have his revenge against SNAKE EYES?

GeneralsJoes Reviews Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #1

A new year and another new take on the G.I. Joe universe from IDW.  This issue takes the character of Snake Eyes and puts a twist on him, ripping him from the side of the angels and placing him in league with Destro and Cobra.

But are Destro and Cobra even on the same page, or will the ex G.I. Joe Commando be stuck in a twisted terrorist triangle?

Check out the review of the first issue after the jump…you might be surprised at how I felt.

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Snake Eyes turns traitor – Agent of Cobra debuts January, 2015!

Snake-Eyes-Agent-of-CobraAs NYCC chugs along, IDW Publishing has sent out a world-altering press release featuring the return of fan favorite Snake Eyes to the IDW G.I. Joe universe… but this isn’t the Snake Eyes we know and love. This Snake Eyes is an Agent of Cobra!

Now, I know what you’re thinking… and I was thinking the same thing. This is a gimmick, right? After all, Snake Eyes has pulled this trick before, in the events leading up to his “death”.

But, then I saw who was writing this mini-series.

Mike Costa.

Yes, Mike Costa is making is triumphant return to the IDW G.I. Joe universe, and I am officially on board. His work on the Cobra series throughout it’s multi-year run was some of the finest G.I. Joe themed storytelling I’ve read, and if he’s doing this Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra title, I have the utmost confidence in what he’s got going on.

Check out the full press release below.

Snake Eyes Betrays G.I. JOE!
Allegiances Are Questioned In New Miniseries

San Diego, CA (October 9, 2014) – The fan-favorite G.I. JOE ninja is set to strike out on his own in an all-new series, G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of COBRA! Debuting in January of 2015, this series builds upon the acclaimed new G.I. JOE series, released last month. With an exciting creative team and a secretive mission, the stakes have never been higher!

Snake Eyes’ shocking return to the world of G.I. JOE will see the long-time hero taking on a new role as a member of COBRA! Breaking DESTRO out of prison is just his first stop on this game-changing mission that will pit Snake Eyes directly against the G.I. JOE team led by Scarlett.

“Snake Eyes has been gone from the pages of IDW’s G.I. JOE books for almost two years, so his return alone would make for an incredible story,” says series editor Carlos Guzman. “But Mike’s idea to have him return on the side of Cobra begs so many exciting questions: What could cause Snake Eyes to join the enemy? How could Cobra convince G.I. JOE’s most dangerous warrior to betray his unit? What will G.I. JOE do when they find out the ninja commando has returned… but is now an agent for the villainous organization? There was no doubt that the answers would make this series one of the best G.I. JOE stories ever told!”

Praised for his work on G.I. JOE: The Cobra FilesMike Costa returns to the world of G.I. JOE, writing this explosive series. Joined by artist Paolo Villanelli, who will provide covers and interior art, the duo will set Snake Eyes against unexpected new dangers.

“SNAKE EYES: AGENT OF COBRA is, without a doubt, the most exciting and action-packed story I’ve ever written in my six-year history with the G.I. JOE universe,” said Mike Costa. “I wanted to take the dark psychology and intrigue that made G.I. JOE: COBRA so fun to work on, and graft it into the DNA of a big action movie, starring G.I. JOE’s most iconic character. It’s probably my ultimate G.I. JOE story, and it’s really been fun to work on. I’d always tried to approach G.I. JOE: COBRA by asking myself “how could this get worse?” Well, Snake Eyes is working for Cobra. I think I’ve answered that question”

Find out the secrets of COBRA this January first-hand with Snake Eyes, and be sure to pre-order and reserve a special variant cover by Drew Johnson!

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!

IDW Preview – G.I. Joe The Cobra Files #9

Excuse me while I shed a little tear over the upcoming demise of IDW Publishing’s awesome “Cobra Files” ongoing series, which reaches its end in December.  This issue looks to start sewing the seeds of the team’s destruction, and even the first few pages are captivating.

The full issue hits comic stores today, definitely check it out!  Meanwhile, the preview is below.

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #8

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS – PART 2! TOMAX makes his move… and no one on the COBRA FILES team will be prepared for the sinister plan the Crimson Twin unleashes. Trapped and cornered in their own facility, will FLINT, CHAMELEON and the rest of the team make it out alive?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Riley Rossmo variant cover!

Previews for IDW Publishing The Cobra Files #7 and Real American Hero #194

New comic day hits tomorrow and G.I. Joe fans are treated to two excellent new issues from your favorite comics publisher, IDW!

The next thrilling addition to the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero continuity hits tomorrow as the G.I. Joe team mobilizes to rescue Grunt in Sierra Gordo while the gears are in motion in the IDW Universe to disband Flint’s Black Ops team in the Cobra Files.  Check out the previews for these two issues below.

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #7

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a & c)

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE – PART 1! FLINT is ready to disband the COBRA FILES team, but CHAMELEON will have none of it. But what neither one suspects is that TOMAX, the captive COBRA member, has an ace up his sleeve that will rock the team to their core. No punches are pulled in G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #7!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Antonio Fuso returns for the beginning of the end!
  • Riley Rossmo variant cover!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #194

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

G.I. JOE makes its way to Sierra Gordo, looking for the next piece of the puzzle that will reveal COBRA’s newest plot. But when they find that the evil corporation Revanche has a presence in Latin America, they could be involved in something far more sinister than the typical COBRA plot. What secrets does Revanche hold?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Part of IDW’s “IDW Gets Animated” variant cover month!

More clarification from Mike Costa on the end of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files

G.I. Joe comic fans were blindsided this afternoon when IDW’s December solicitations labeled The Cobra Files as its “final issue”. Widely regarded as one of the fan favorite titles of the IDW universe, Costa’s “Cobra” title dips into the murky depths that many other writers have been unwilling (or unable) to approach. There is a certain depth and design to the Costa universe (which was developed thanks to the expert assistance of co-creator Christos Gage and artist Antonio Fuso) that made these characters feel more real and very deeply flawed.

Yes, this is a good thing.

Questions immediately arose today with the announcement of the title’s cancellation, and it turns out, everything is simply going according to plan. Mike Costa fired up his Twitter account and spoke out about the wrap up of G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files.

“Yes, the final issue of COBRA FILES is 9. That may seem premature, but I’ve been building to this for two years – long before the relaunch”

“I want to thank IDW and Hasbro for letting me end this run the way I always intended. And it’s not the last you’ll see of me in the Joeverse”

“Some characters’ stories will end FOR EVER. Some characters will show up in other books. Some of those books will be written by me.”

So it sounds like there are other plans for Costa’s characters and his writing throughout IDW’s G.I. Joe universe, and I suppose if the Cobra title had to end, I’m happy it ended on Costa’s terms and on his time table. Knowing what we do about Costa’s past work, its obvious he’s not afraid to make some waves with his story and his characters, so I think it’s safe to say we’re in for an exciting and bumpy ride over the next few months. A perfect conclusion to a terrific book.

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Comic Book Resources catches up with the IDW G.I. Joe writers

In a terrific, funny, and fast paced four-way conversation, the folks from Comic Book Resources have connected with Fred Van Lente (G.I. Joe), Chuck Dixon (Special Missions), and Mike Costa (The Cobra Files) to speak about the current state of the IDW G.I. Joe universe and where we are heading from here.

There is some great insight about fan response to each individual title, what to expect in the coming months (The Cobra Files sounds like it’s going to get intense).

Check out this great interview over on Comic Book Resources.

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