GeneralsJoes Guest Review – ComicCon Revolutions Boxed Set

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Hi, all!  James “KuuKuuSon” Kavanaugh Jr. jumping in and I think this is my first review, at least first for GeneralsJoes.com.  Justin, is that correct?  Eh, he’s probably off hob-knobbing with all the other big shot toy reviewers.

Well, here I am, off to the good stuff (the review if you’ve listened to too much What’s on Joe Mind? and thought other ideas).  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Hasbro/IDW San Diego Comic Con 2017 Revolution crossover set and, let me tell you, this. set. is. AMAZING!  If you’re out of the loop or kept your heads in your vintage Marvel Joe comics, IDW has merged their existing G.I. Joe and Transformers universes together and brought in the new classics Action Man, ROM, Micronauts ,and MASK (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) to take action and adventure to new levels.  Children are notorious for mixing their various toy lines in their play (admit it, at least tried it) and this premise really helps to bring back that feeling.

At this point, I’ll clarify by saying I self-identify as G.I. Joe guy through ‘n through, though I own a copy of almost every Transformers comic and have picked up every IDW copy of every title listed above in the Revolution universe.  I’ve always felt review readers should know where the reviewer is coming from as well as where I’ll be going in regards to my preferred brands and explain why my perspective may not nail other brands.  I will say, seeing each brand come together certainly made me excited for everyone.  I was born in 1977 in the United States to round out my perspective.

So is this a review of the set or biography?  Why not both? (que the Old El Paso taco girl).  I am laying the foundation of “me” because the undertone of this set will seem like the overtone by the end of the review and that undertone is nostalgia.  At least half of this set hasn’t had much of a presence since the 80’s and it’s quite the welcome feeling. Of course I remember Joe and Transformers, I also loved watching MASK every day and the holograms on the Visionaries toyline were hypnotic.  My age tells you I was a bit too young for Micronauts but caught up when they made a resurgence in the early 2000s.  ROM was a new one to me but those I trust to have a well-rounded and educated understanding of comics were stoked to see his return.  Apparently, in a pop culture sense, the comic surpassed the toy in many ways and developed a devout cult following.  The final reason why I felt it was important to give a background on “me” is every 4” action figure in this set derives from 2007+ G.I. Joe tooling, which is almost like they designed the set to dangle in front of me.  Eh, they would’ve had me anyway. 

The set is $100 and I find that more than fair.  I put current 4” action figures at $10 a piece MSRP and there are six of them so divide the $40 between a mid-sized Transformer and nine Micronaut figurines.  You’re hard pressed to convince me that alone isn’t a win.  What those figures consist of makes this set worth waaaaaay more than $100 as we’ll discuss in the review.

Transformers

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I thought I’d start with, from my perspective, the easy one and that’s Jetfire.  I had the original Jetfire as a child so I’m biased towards him.  This one, however, is way more dynamic.  He is currently in more of the forefront (of a flashback) in IDW’s current story but a great character to speak for his brand.  When this set was announced, I was made aware that this mold has some fan demand to it, so I’m glad they’re able to have another chance to obtain him.  He’s a pretty straight forward Transformer.  The modern designs are structural masterpieces and almost puzzle–like.  My age also reminded me of the old adage, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” and that refers to my transforming skillz.  It took me a minute but I chalk that up to quality design.  I have every bit of confidence I could’ve tossed it to a kid and they would’ve transformed him as fast as a Rubix Cube champs works his cube.  The paint apps are solid, the plastic is durable, and the quality is fine.  I’ll take this time to clarify that, when it comes to action figures like this and we know this is a rare figure rerelease, I am more than confident there are better reviews of the toy out there and I would be doing the toy a disservice by expanding beyond the pictures.

Micronauts

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I’ll get the “bad” out of the way for you and clarify/state the obvious that all nine Micronauts are unmovable figurines.  However, I’m not going to say that’s a bad thing.  Micronauts are what their name implies (you’re going to have to educate yourself if you don’t know what I’m getting at) and they are just that.  I think the figurines are the perfect size for everyone to play with as is and within the crossover experience.  Plus they’re nine of them.  Reading the Micronauts comics, I find the designs to arguably be the most dynamic and perfect fusion of vintage foundation with innovative redesigns.   And that is a huge compliment from me as someone who thinks tweaking nostalgia can be a very slippery slope for vendor and customer.  I liked and agreed when I read the comment online about a potential figure/game combo coming from these figures.  They could certainly work as table top pieces.  The plastic is decent, slightly bendy, yet able to stand with little falling (something I’ve noticed to be a problem with cheaper figurines).  And to wrap this portion of the review up as a bad/good/bad clarification sandwich, I can take a step back see this set as a whole and dub the approach as using “strategic tooling” to hit a specific price point.  The review will round out this comment but, for now, I’m confident nine Micronauts fit in with six 4” figures and a decent Transformer guides the Micronauts into a figurine format and that’s fine the moment you have them in hand.  Micronauts forged the 1:18th scale action figure phenomenon, so I’m confident we’ll see larger and movable Micronauts in the near future.

MASK

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Onto the first of the six 4” action figures and I thought, once again, I’d start with an easy one.  Matt Trakker is easy for a “Joe guy” because we received Matt Trakker in 2008 and he was deemed a member of G.I. Joe.  The 2008 Matt Trakker suggests that the crossover universe was on Hasbro’s mind as far back as them and only helped us out now.  This version reuses previously seen G.I. Joe body tooling and accessories and, the parts choice more accurately reflects the stylized approach IDW is taking.  The reds are richer and the greys are darker.  This figure seems to really punch.  Side note, I understand the output of the 2008 version, he is a product of the tooling available at the time whereas the Revolution Matt Trakker had the advantage of a much larger tooling catalog.  Neither is better than the other.  Speaking of difference, yes, there is one very noticeable difference, the IDW version is no longer a blonde, white male but a black male.  I need to make a point to confirm this but I am confident the change derives from a certain team we all know already had a blonde, white leader.  Seemingly unrelated, early super hero costumes’ simple and bright tropes derive from easy recognition on the reader’s part.  I’m sure Duke will be interacting with Matt Trakker in the storyline and these minor tweaks will help move the story along for the audience.  This assumption doesn’t wash over the point that diversity has been actively addressed in all facets of modern society and sited as an important component of the shared universe going forward.  I think it’s safe to assume we will be seeing more gender and ethnicity changes in the future if we haven’t already.  Outside of that, the head sculpt is simply stunning!  This very charming head sculpt will certainly be appealing for expert customizers and LBC’s alike.  Yes, I can admit an action figure is handsome.

Action Man

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Another handsome chap in plastic form is Action Man.  If you’re unaware, Action Man was a direct cousin to the G.I. Joe 12” line and has been seeing a resurgence across the pond.  I seem to recall Action Man specifically hitting US shelves at a certain point but I’ve always been a 4” fanatic (except for MOTU, that’s another story).  Action Man in the Revolution set looks like he’s peeled right off the comic pages.  The body is familiar tooling but the blue with orange striping really makes Action Man pop.  Orange has been made a staple of Action Man’s color palette and the combination makes him look ready for action. I think you have to say action as much as possible whenever you’re having a conversation about Action Man.  His accessories are also familiar and the plastic and paint quality is the same for all the 4’ figures.  I am a bit of a stickler for paints and this entire set checks all my boxes (a big plus in my book).  The win for this figure is of course the head sculpt.  Another dashing head that has a slight comic/cartoon tinge, but a head sculpt works with the paint scheme.  His hair is tussled, his smirk is brazen, he’s a young James Bond ready to do the impossible mission and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

ROM

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Like I said, when IDW first announced the shared universe, ROM was a new concept to me.  Also, like I said, if my cadre of “experts” says it’s a go, I’ll give it a shot.  And (while I’m adding conditions) since the comic overshadowed the toy, ROM moved away from a blocky robot and gained a blocky/humanoid hybrid esthetic.  The designer accurately chose Battle Armor Cobra Commander’s legs to set the ground work and gave him muscular arms to bridge the gap.  FYI, ROM is a humanoid encased in the robotic armor and sworn to fight the Dire Wraiths, having an element of humanity in the character is important.  The chest and head sculpt (as well as his iconic blaster) are all new.  Plus he’s shiny.  Kid James liked shiny.  I’m going to leave for a bit and stare at the shiny.  Just kidding (or am I?  You’ll never know when this was stopped and resumed).  These parts are great and very accurately reflect the ROM seen in the comic books.

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The Dire Wraith also captures the pages of the ROM comic.  Dire Wraiths are aliens that kill humans and assume their form, typically assuming roles of those in powerful positions.  So, the underlying tone of the comic is you never know who is a Dire Wraith until they reveal their true form.  This figure in particular represents the point in the story when Doc is revealed to be a Dire Wraith.  Oh, did I spoil it for you?  Well, the bad news is you were spoiled the moment you looked at the figure because the satchel and body motif tells you exactly who it is…er, was… The arms are from the infamous Zombie Viper and do a great job to bridge the comic character to action figure form given the grand scheme of the set(see my budget comment in the Micronauts write-up).  The arms are great, the paint apps help punch up the tentacles and the darker approach to Doc’s uniform helps punch the Dire Wraith blue while darkening the overall tone of the villain.  The money on this piece is again the head sculpt.  This head wonderfully portrays the Cheshire grin that is the staple of a Dire Wraith.  They are an arrogant villain set on dominating Earth and ROM is intent on wiping that smile of their evil faces.

Visionaries

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This figure should’ve been last but, if you’ve read everything so far (my apologies), you’ve probably figured out my progression.  Why did I just waste your time there?  Because Visionaries are not yet in the IDW universe, nor do they have an active comic nor any press release announcing any plans.  Leoric certainly took us by surprise.  And, if you like Visionaries, he looks great!  Again, I leave the parts knowledge to the gang at joecustoms.com and other experts but, as far as I can tell, looks great.  The overall military (with a tinge of ninja) motif in G.I. Joe doesn’t leave much for sword and sorcery tooling, but the legs look great.  Besides, Visionaries had a bit of a modern take to them anyway.  Much like ROM, the big pay day is the chest, head, and helmet.  The head is fantastic and the helmet and body totally nailed his vintage look.  Did I say pay day?  Because this figure is money.  If the new parts weren’t enough, the staff is new and, along with his chest, have holograms in them!  I’ll be honest, that was my immediate concern when I first saw the press release and it is indeed a lot more holographic than the pictures assume.  They aren’t as holographic as the original (or how holograph stickers tend to look) but I have a feeling that it falls under my budget/price point commentary undertone in this review.  The blues are striking and accurately reflect the vintage toy and give it the 80s feel.

G.I. Joe

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So that’s all the new concept, some of which haven’t been seen since the 80s.  Everyone discussed above is enough to put this set on the “must have” list.   So why did I save the G.I. Joe last?  Biased, of course.  Yes and no.  This Joe isn’t just any Joe, it’s Roadblock.  Oh, huh… No, not huh, this isn’t just any Roadblock, this is the cancelled Renegades Roadblock head, chest, and overall build.  So, backstory, Renegades was a G.I. Joe cartoon in 2011 that, for reasons that are too long to write in an already long review, left Roadblock stuck in the “unreleased” queue.  The only member of the main G.I. Joe Renegades cast to be unreleased.  And, it’s argued that the cartoon Roadblock had the most personality out of the entire main cast.  This figure also had a second failing in 2012 when a Retaliation movie four pack was cancelled, a pack he was a member of.  Word that the figure was waiting in the wings has left collectors waiting in the wings for a future release and, after six years, the time has finally arrived!!  I need to ask around, but I am confident this is also his intended Renegades deco pattern.  It’s not exactly in sync with the comic palette but who cares!?  Long awaited Renegades Roadblock trumps crossover Roadblock any day.  This figure is so great, I am confident a more comic accurate version will sell just as well.  But back to the figure at hand, if the pictures don’t paint the picture, this Roadblock fits with the Renegades figures seamlessly!  I can’t say enough great things about this figure.  The weapons assortment appears to be the Pursuit of Cobra’s “Jungle” Duke but, again, who cares?  It was probably the set from his internal SKU number and there are plenty of “Ma Dueces” out there in weapons bins to load him up as you see fit.  The body is one we’ve seen a few times by now but it great to see it in its originally intended form.  Finally receiving this figure is as significant as finally receiving the characters above.  Big “KuuKuu” points (non refundable and I wouldn’t suggest you eat them) to Hasbro for providing us with this one.

So, if you’re still awake and reading, here we are.  Like I’ve eluded throughout the review, the set sells itself.  I hope these pictures satisfy those who can’t wait to see and obtain this set.  I’ll confess that mild mannered James is a bit helpless without his heavily artillery used for the Rank & File guides and I’m going to milk this “first review evah” crutch as long as I can.  If you picked up on my whimsical approach to this revue, it’s because this set did indeed make me feel like a kid again.  Archiving is probably the most “adult” think one can do with his toys (no, I’m not trying to convince myself I’m doing anything actually adult with my toys, though I probably should) and not very fun in the moment (first world toy guide problems).  It’s more of a delayed gratification.  From start to finish, this set was all about fun.  It was great to see these characters receive action figure form once again and the only way to accurately review them was to have fun with them. And, like I said, I am a G.I. Joe guy (mostly dictated by my wallet fyi) so getting a chance to transform a Transformer and pit my various toys against each other was a great thrill.  The Ohio weather isn’t polite to talk about, but being outside with my toys play working will be a highlight for this summer. I will be curious to see the overall reception of this set as well as what the results will bring in the future.  Joe Con told us something is changing for Joe and something can only change for every other property in this set beyond G.I. Joe.  But don’t wait for the future, live in the moment with this set and get it however you can.  This set jazzed me enough before I even received it to start the page layout for an upcoming guide.  Yeah, it’s not much but I thought this could at least double as an insight into where I start and where I’ll finish.  I am currently hashing out where these crossover action figures in the grand scheme of archiving but, again, I can’t stress enough that this set allows you to put all the “where does this belong in my ‘Joeverse’” malarkey and have fun.  Fun and action.  And action fun.

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Hasbro launches surprise SDCC boxed set showcasing IDW Revolution

I think I might be a little verklempt.

For a couple of weeks we’ve been under the impression that the Missile Command Center re-issue with COBRA Commander, COBRA Trooper, and COBRA Officer would be what we’d expect to see G.I. Joe related at ComicCon this year.

Not so fast, my friends.

Hasbro has stunned the fandom today by announcing a ComicCon exclusive boxed set diving headfirst into the IDW Revolutions storyline, unifying several of their properties across one action-packed crossover event.

It’s…  pretty close to perfect.  The overall format looks strongly influenced by recent Transformers/G.I. Joe Boxed Sets, which makes total sense, and makes it feel like those other sets were all building to this one blockbuster.  A blockbuster featuring not just G.I. Joe and Transformers, but MASK, Action Man, Micronauts, Rom, and…  FREAKING VISIONARIES.

VISIONARIES.  In 1:18 scale.  Well, Leoric, anyway.

As if that’s not cool enough, for the first time ever,  Hasbro is taking this opportunity to give us the G.I. Joe: Renegades version of Roadblock, which officially completes the main core of the Renegades team from the animated series several years back.

Using a nice compliment of new tooling with their library of existing parts, they’ve put together a very nice looking set that has some great resemblance to the classic properties their emulating.  This is really impressive looking stuff.  The set includes the following:

  • Jetfire
  • Renegades Roadblock (!!!!)
  • Matt Trakker fresh from IDW’s comic
  • Action Man
  • ROM
  • Dire Wraith
  • Leoric from Visionaries (!!!!)
  • Assorted miniature Micronauts

Oh, yeah… and RENEGADES ROADBLOCK in case anyone missed that.

Check out Entertainment Weekly for the full details and the images are mirrored below.  Now excuse me while I go towel off.

GeneralsJoes Reviews the G.I. Joe: Revolution One Shot

We are officially neck deep inside IDW Publishing’s Revolution roller coaster, and just today, the G.I. Joe: Revolution One Shot hits comic shops!  It’s a Revolution story focused on the G.I. Joe side of the house, continuing IDW’s existing universe, but weaving it into this over-arcing Revolution story.

So how did it work?  Click the Read More link for the full review!

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Massive IDW Publishing Humble Bundle is on sale now!

IDW has listed their latest Humble Bundle and it’s a HUGE one.  Listed as a Transformers: Revolution Humble Bundle, if you pay at least $15, you get a metric ton of online comics allowing you to go back and catch up on a number of different IDW Publishing G.I. Joe, Transformers and other titles, leading right up to the latest Revolution storyline.  Over $400 worth of comics for only $15?  Yeah, that’s pretty much a no-brainer.

Check out their latest Humble Bundle here, but you’ll want to act fast, the deal is gone in six hours!

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Revolution #1 Review – IDW Publishing

It started off as strange, obscure hints several months ago…a Revolution was coming.  Then word came out and things really heated up with lots of discussion revolving around this big combined Hasbro universe event bringing together diverse brands into one cohesive world.

So it’s official… the Revolution has arrived.  It started with Rom and with Revolution #1 this month (though technically the prelude kicked it off a couple of weeks ago).  So was it worth the wait?  Is it an event worthy of the Revolution title?

Read below to find out, though fair warning – Spoilers are aplenty!

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Solicitations for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe related December titles

December promises to be a big month for G.I. Joe comics as the new ongoing G.I. Joe series from Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis (among many others) kicks off alongside the new Revolutionaries title, which also has some serious G.I. Joe connections.  I also threw MASK #2 in there, too, because…well, it’s freaking MASK that’s why.

Check out the December solicitation information below.

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Revolutionaries #1—SPOTLIGHT

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER–but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human. It takes the mind-bending clash of ROM versus MAJOR BLUDD and the OKTOBER GUARD to bring this unlikely team together… and the secret they learn threatens to unravel the entire universe.

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Fico Ossio Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages + mini-comic • $4.99

Bullet points:

  • Exclusive bound-in Savage mini-comic reprinting a lost tale written and drawn by the late, great Joe Kubert himself!
  • Written by one part of the powerhouse creative team that brought you the mega-event, Revolution!
  • New tales that continue the storyline of the hit Revolution comic-book event and featuring the same amazing creative team!
  • Illustrated by Revolution artist, burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • The secrets of the Hasbro universe will be revealed. If you follow one new book this month, make it Revolutionaries!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one–they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you the crown jewel of the Hasbro Universe: lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Andrew Griffith Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event!
  • Writer Aubrey Sitterson brings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos!
  • Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis!
  • With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!
  • Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA prepares for its next strike against G.I. JOE, and this time, the Real American Heroes won’t see it coming!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #235: Snake In The Grass, Part 6—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Wil Rosado, Alberto Muriel, Casey Maloney, Werther Dell’Edera, Antonio Fuso (a) • Adam Gorham (c)

The Cobra Civil War is raging and G.I. JOE is caught dead in their sites as the battle for control pits the most powerful members of Cobra against each other, but only one will emerge as the new leader! Collects G.I JOE Season 2 issues #5–8, Cobra #5–8, and Snake Eyes #5–8.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 292 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-799-4

Bullet points:

  • COBRA’s newest leader is revealed!

Offered Again!

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-549-3

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-655-1

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-793-0

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-931-6

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-103-9

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6 • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-533-4

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

M.A.S.K. vs. V.E.N.O.M. for the very first time! After being lured into a trap, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team must survive in order to stop Miles Mayhem from leaking their secret technology to terrorist cells around the world. Matt and Gloria Baker go undercover to infiltrate a black market weapons ring but what they discover will change Matt’s life forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #2—Joe Suitor Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Joe Suitor (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • Special back-up material in every issue written by Tommy Lee Edwards!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Ferriera!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe: ARAH, Action Man, Revolution titles

Tomorrow looks to be a big new comic day for G.I. Joe fans and comic or toy fans in general!  Revolution kicks off with a bang, launching both Revolution #1 and Rom: Revolution #1.  Not only that, but Action Man #4 hits shelves and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #232… and judging by the preview for RAH, there’s a shocking turn of events for one of our Joes!

Check out the full previews after the jump!

Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!

Rom: Revolution #1

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Get ready G.I. Joe fans – the Revolution has arrived!

It’s been teased for months, and we’ve all been bracing ourselves for it, but now it’s official… IDW Publishing’s Revolution series is officially HERE.

Over on IDW Publishing.com the Prelude to Revolution is available as a free download, and meanwhile you can check out the preview to the full first issue of Revolution over on Comic Book Resources.

Along with that over on YoJoe.com G.I. Joe comics mastermind antarctica is already putting the foundation in place for an entire section of their comics archive focused on the Revolution series!  Exciting stuff.

Meanwhile, over on the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, new G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Giannis Milonogiannis have joined up and are sharing some really great info and intel about the upcoming series!  Revolution is looking to start off on a very strong footing, and as a G.I. Joe fan I’m excited, but as a G.I. Joe, Transformers, MASK (and heck Visionaries, too) fan, I’m REALLY excited.  This is looking like a pretty fun, intertwined storyline.  Be sure to bookmark all of those places and keep checking back here, because I’m loving what I’m seeing so far, and I think Revolution will give us all something to talk about!

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IDW Publishing Solicitations gives first look at post Revolution G.I. Joe

Although IDW’s Revolution storyline kicks off in September, the first G.I. Joe book spinning out of that event releases in October.  IDW Publishing just sent out the solicitation information for October, so, as one might expect, some new tidbits about G.I. Joe’s new direction can be found within.

Below I’m posting any relevant G.I. Joe solicitations as well as the Revolution comic itself, considering any potential tie ins with the main Joe title.  Obviously Hama’s Real American Hero comic is chugging right along as well!  Check out all the details below.

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G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

G.I. JOE IS BACK! Thanks to the events of REVOLUTION, the G.I. Joe team led by Scarlett returns to the fray, leading the charge against invading TRANSFORMERS and other aliens. But when a US military defense base goes dark, Scarlett has reason to suspect that these enemy forces may have infiltrated G.I. Joe. It’s up to her, Roadblock, Rock ‘n Roll, Quick Kick, Wild Bill, and Shipwreck to move in and root out any traitors before the facility falls into the wrong hands!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milogiannis (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE returns to the fray!
  • A key one-shot connected to the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

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Action Man: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

John Barber (w) •  Paolo Villanelli (a) • Drew Johnson (c)

REVOLUTION WORLDWIDE! While the battle between TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM rages across the Earth, the U.K.’s top field agent, ACTION MAN, tracks down the mystery of ORE-13—and finds an unusual metal ally!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #233: Snake In The Grass, Part 4

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

As the allegiance of the traitors within Cobra and G.I. Joe shifts, new allies come to the fore… but new enemies also rise out of the woodwork, and they could lead to revolt within G.I. Joe and Cobra alike!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #233: Snake In The Grass, Part 4—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 16

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA COMMANDER believes he has disposed of all the COBRA members that were planning to strike against him. But with Destro saving all his men from the Silent Castle and Zartan leading his group away before any harm could come to them, the Commander’s COBRA Nation might be in more trouble than he thinks. Collects issues #226–230.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-732-1

Bullet points:

  • The Classic Series Continues!

Revolution #3 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THEY CAME FROM MICROSPACE! What terror reaches through the tendrils of entropy into our universe—and why does ROM want to kill it? Meanwhile, M.A.S.K.’s MATT TRAKKER makes a startling discovery about the TRANSFORMERS—but will G.I. JOE’s SCARLETT believe him?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #3 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

Revolution #4 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

SILENT INTERLUDE! One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #4 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!

IDW Solicitations reveal details of upcoming Revolution

The latest round of IDW Publishing Solicitations has been uploaded and this brings us to September, 2016 and the kick off for IDW’s exciting new Revolution initiative!  Rather than just focusing on the G.I. Joe side of things (well, because there’s no G.I. Joe/Revolution tie-in for September, just the latest Real American Hero issue) I’m going to try and cover all relevant Revolution titles that might intersect with the G.I. Joe universe in some meaningful way within the first five week series.

Looking through the issue descriptions below you can see some things starting to take shape… Dire Wraiths infiltrating G.I. Joe, a mysterious decades long plan by Miles Mayhem.

Check out the details below.

Revolution #1 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS! Explosions rip across the Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity—but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented bi-weekly event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant: Optimus Prime and Scarlett

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Revolution #1 (of 5)—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A universe of characters is born through REVOLUTION!
  • Not a reboot! Not a relaunch!
  • The TRANSFORMERS forever changed!
  • The return of G.I. JOE!
  • The MICRONAUTS in our universe!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS with ORE-13!
  • And if that isn’t enough… introducing Miles Mayhem!
  • Written by the writers of MICRONAUTS and TRANSFORMERS!
  • Illustrated by burgeoning superstar Fico Ossio!
  • Epic-length kick-off story plus a whole host of back-up materials!
  • Variant covers by Ken Christiansen, Guido Guidi, and Art Baltazar!

Revolution #2 (of 5)—GEM OF THE MONTH

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)

ROM—A MURDERER?! That’s what OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS think—and right or wrong, there’s only one outcome: all-out war! Meanwhile, G.I. JOE turns to the one person who can save the world from ultimate destruction—MILES MAYHEM!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Brandon Peterson Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Brandon Peterson (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—John Byrne “Official Handbook” Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Byrne (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Propaganda Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • James Biggie (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolution #2 (of 5)—Imaginary 2-Pack Toy Variant

Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Adam Riches (c)

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)

The origin of M.A.S.K.! Miles Mayhem’s decades long plans are finally coming to fruition, but will the revealed secrets he has hidden from Matt Trakker create a new enemy bent on Mayhem’s undoing? A special story tying directly into REVOLUTION!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Blank sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The triumphant return of M.A.S.K.!
  • Special one-shot connected to the REVOLUTION Series Event! Do not miss this issue!
  • All-new M.A.S.K. ongoing series coming later this Fall!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Micronauts: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a & c)

LOST IN MICROSPACE! Plagued by scavengers, harried by agents of BARON KARZA, and guided by the mysterious TIME TRAVELERS—the MICRONAUTS make a HUGE discovery—one that will transform everything they thought they knew about their universe.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Subscription Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Revolution #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Cullen Bunn (w) • Chris Panda (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • REVOLUTION is here—and the diminutive denizens of Microspace play a big role!
  • A key one-shot connected to both the ongoing saga of the MICRONAUTS—and the world of REVOLUTION!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

Rom: Revolution #1—SPOTLIGHT

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

A REVOLUTION tie-in one-shot! ROM’s enemies, the DIRE WRAITHS have infiltrated G.I. JOE at the highest levels, clashed with the TRANSFORMERS over ORE-13, and now… stalk a lone stranger? Why would evil aliens bent on world domination terrorize one anonymous person? The answer is bigger and more sinister than you’d ever imagine!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Rob Liefeld Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Rob Liefeld (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom: Revolution #1 Blank Sketch Variant

Chris Ryall (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Blank Sketch (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A REVOLUTION tie-in!
  • The DIRE WRAITHS’ plans stand revealed, with major implications for the ongoing ROM series!
  • The birth of a major new threat for ROM!
  • All that and a permanent change to ROM’s status quo, too!
  • Variant Ken Christiansen cover, part of a 13-part connected cover! Connects with all 13 Revolution issues and one-shots!

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Revolution: The Road to Revolution 100-Page Special #1

Simon Furman, Chuck Dixon, John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott, Karen Traviss (w) • Robert Atkins, Brendan Cahill, Guido Guidi, E.J. Su, Steve Kurth, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sarah Stone (a) • Pop Mhan (c)

Ten years of TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics have led to this month’s REVOLUTION! This bargain-priced bonanza presents five key stories that have paved the road to the universe being born this month! From the first-ever IDW Transformers comic to the Karen Traviss G.I. JOE, the building blocks of this universe have been growing for years!

FC • 100 pages • $7.99

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Action Man #4

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)

X MARKS THE SPOT! Will ACTION MAN and his allies put aside their differences long enough to stop DOCTOR X and save the world? Or will the bad Doctor’s master plan tear apart young ACTION MAN’s career before it starts?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Action Man #4—UK Theme Variant

John Barber (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The new ACTION MAN’s first adventure comes to a soul-searing conclusion!
  • Leads into this month’s REVOLUTION event!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Currie!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

COBRA continues the search for their rogue agent. And an operation gone wrong costs a G.I. JOE member the one person they care about the most…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #232: Snake In The Grass, Part 3—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—SPOTLIGHT

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Mike Choi (c)

On a hidden island in international waters, 16 combatants enter a secret tournament… one that pits Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE! M. Bison and Destro have joined forces, and taking them down will require the world’s finest warriors: Ryu, Snake Eyes, Guile, Scarlett, Chun-Li and Duke.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-744-4

Street Fighter vs. G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—Direct Market Exclusive Edition

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Emilio Laiso (a) • Zach Howard (c)

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-759-8

Bullet points:

  • “Street Fighter x G.I. Joe delivers exactly what it promises…” –IGN
  • Advance solicited for October release!