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!

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary “Battle Below Zero” Set

Another day, another G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary review!  Just as first reports of this line being found at retail have hit, the reviews are moving full steam ahead.

Today I’ll be covering the “Battle Below Zero” vehicle set, which contains the Cobra Wolf w/ Ice Viper against the Ghost Hawk w/ Snake Eyes!  Check out my G.I. Joe: 50th Anniversary Review Page, or just click the links below.

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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.

G.I. Joe Kre-O Ninja Arashikage Dojo found at retail!

Okay, this is going to make my daughter happy.  Ever since I’ve gotten her fully invested in the G.I. Joe Kre-O craze she’s been asking when The Baroness is coming… well, the time is now near!

Over on the Leaky Suit Brigade, reports are that the Ninja Arashikage Dojo is in stock at his local Toys “R” Us.

This is great news as we’ll finally get our Destro and Baroness mini figures along with the Cobra HISS, Commando Snake Eyes, Hard Master and a couple of Gray Ninjas.  Check out the post right here, and both the boxed image and the press image below.

Retail price appears to be $75, which is steep, to be sure, but there’s a lot to love in that box!

KRE-O G.I. JOE Dojo Play Set A313 Arashikage_Dojo_In_Stock

Snake Eyes throws out the first pitch – Caught on video!

We heard about this last week, and now we have it all on video, and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s unknown whether that’s truly Ray Park under the mask (though I seriously doubt it), but man… Snake Eyes can pitch with some style, and he’s apparently a Southpaw! Check it out below.

Some additional details:

Paramount has confirmed (as well as several social media sites) that Ray Park was actually the one in the uniform throwing out the first pitch, which is awesome. Big ups to Ray for doing that! We also have some great images of the event below the video.

G.I. JOE favorite Snake Eyes to throw out ceremonial first pitch

 

G.I. JOE FAVORITE SNAKE EYES TO THROW OUT CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AS THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TAKE ON THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS AT OAKLAND COLISEUM ON JULY 30TH 

Blockbuster Hit Film G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Debuts on Blu-ray & DVD July 30th
and on Digital July 16th

WHAT: To celebrate the July 30th Blu-ray and DVD debut of the worldwide hit G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, SNAKE EYES, one of the original and most popular members of the G.I. JOE team, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Oakland Athletics host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 30th. In G.I. JOE: RETALIATION SNAKE EYES is portrayed by actor and martial arts expert Ray Park, whose additional credits include Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, X-Men and the television series “Heroes.”

Based on Hasbro’s popular G.I. JOE brand, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis as the original G.I. JOE. The heart-pounding thrill ride will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo fully loaded with declassified special features, as well as on Blu-ray 3D, Digital and VOD.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:55 p.m.

WHERE: Oakland Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621

GeneralsJoes Reviews Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes

The gap in product over the past few months has created a double-edged sword…on the one side, it’s a bit of a bummer that only a scant handful of new G.I. Joe product has been available at mass retail throughout 2013 to date.  But on the other hand, it has freed up some income for some other purchases that might not have been made if the movie product had hit hard and heavy.

I couldn’t be happier that I was able to make some room in my bank account to support a new found Hot Toys habit.  I’m just simultaneously disappointed (and relieved) that it took me this long to discover them.

Hot Toys first offering is, of course, Snake Eyes as he appears in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film.  What did I think?  You can check the GeneralsJoes Sideshow Collectibles review category, or just click the link below.

In a G.I. Joe drought, Hot Toys Snake Eyes is a 12″ glass of ice cold water

I know, drought is probably an exaggeration, considering FSS 1.0 shipments just came a week or two ago, but the fact remains that there doesn’t seem to be much G.I. Joe related enthusiasm out in the larger geek world these days.  Meanwhile, the Hot Toys G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes is on the verge of release domestically, and the Hot Toys Facebook page has posted some 75 images from various Asian bloggers.

Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover this figure.  It looks like Ray Park got hit by a shrink ray.  I’ve never owned a Hot Toys product before, and I’ve been told that this figure will probably change my life forever…time will tell (yes I have one on pre-order), but until then, soak in some of these images.  This thing looks incredible.  Check out all of the images on the Hot Toys Facebook page, and I’ve also mirrored some of the images below.

USA Today reveals information about 2013 G.I. Joe ComicCon Exclusives!

While other brands and toylines were revealing their coveted San Diego ComicCon exclusives, G.I. Joe fans were sitting on their hands saying “what about us”?!

Well, no longer!  USA Today writer and geek extraordinaire Brian Truitt reveals today via USA Today that the 2013 San Diego ComicCon exclusive G.I. Joe set will contain a Skystriker redeco into Autobot Jetfire, a VAMP redeco into Autobot Hound, as well as Snake Eyes, the Baroness (with Ravage) and Bludgeon!

At JoeCon 2013, John Warden mentioned that this year’s set would “fill in some gaps” of past ComicCon sets and indeed it has, finally giving  us some Autobots to battle against the Decepticons of the past two years.  The USA Today article also posted a great gallery of all of the necessary images as well.

Check out the great USA Today article for all of the juicy details, and take a peek at the mirrored images below.  That Jetfire looks GREAT.  Awesome retooled thrusters on the back…and that Ravage?  Woah.  Another fantastic entry into the G.I. Joe/Transformers ComicCon Lexicon!

EDIT – Thanks to the crack staff at YoJoe we now have much larger images of the exclusives!

GeneralsJoes wraps Kre-O week with Ninja Temple and Dragonfly!

Wow…somehow I did it.  I really didn’t think I’d be able to make this all happen, but I managed to get all of the G.I. Joe Kre-O sets reviewed in a single week.  Yeah, I’m patting myself on the back for that one, deal with it.  Check out the G.I. Joe Kre-O review page for all of the details on these terrific sets, or hit up the direct links below:

Also I was able to get the Battle Platform review updated with images of the RAM motorcycle.  I apologize for that little snafu, but all is right with the world.  Thanks to all the folks who gave me a heads up.