So the IDW Solicitation list came out today, and some very surprising news was contained within. This is information that could be considered a spoiler for the Real American Hero title, so proceed at your own risk!
Some cool, new G.I. Joe themed things are coming at us in 2015, and IDW has just released their solicitation list, featuring the premier issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra, not to mention a possible revelation about exactly who is in that mysterious glass tube in G.I. Joe’s new PIT headquarters!
Check out the full solicitation list after the jump.
As 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.
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.
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 Files, Mike 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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.