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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks to Entertainment Weekly about G.I. Joe: Retaliation

This story actually came out a couple of days ago, but got kind of lost in the shuffle of the big action figure reveals.  Entertainment Weekly recently published a story with some attention paid to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and they’ve posted a nice interview on their website as well.

I will admit, most of the back and forth banter is stuff we’ve heard (and read) before, but it’s still great to see some more mainstream publicity for the movie sequel.

The most telling quote is this one:

“Channing Tatum returns from the first one, as does Jonathan Pryce. So there are some plot connections between The Rise of Cobra and Retaliation?

Yeah, sure, sure. There are some plot connections with the first and the second. I’ll tell you this: Out of great tragedy often emerges new leaders and, through a great tragedy that takes place with the Joes. New leaders emerge.”

Johnson does seem to indicate a bit more that perhaps Duke is destined for an uncertain fate in this film, though, as he puts a strong focus on Roadblock taking over the “leadership” role of the team.  That does seem to be a strong emphasis throughout the interview.  While it obviously doesn’t confirm any rumors about Duke in the film, it certainly doesn’t dispel them either.

Check out the full interview right here.

Five Page preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #177

With the latest whirlwind of IDW news, many of us were pretty concerned about the potential fate of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic.  Well, thankfully, according to Larry Hama himself on Facebook, it seems like this comic will still be around for a while, which brings a huge smile to my face.

New comic day hits tomorrow, so we’ve got a 5-Page preview for you right here!

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #177

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema (a) • Herb Trimpe, Frenz (c)

The stakes are higher than ever! Cobra Commander has discovered the danger in the midst of Broca Beach, and has begun his preparations to face off against the Blue Ninjas. Meanwhile, DUKE, SCARLETT and STALKER split off on their own from G.I. JOE in order to head to Broca Beach. And with SNAKE EYES and BARONESS en route as well, this could be the showdown to end all showdowns. Prepare for the final confrontation in G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #177!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:

Larry Hama variant sketch cover cover!

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  • Featuring stunning art from industry legends Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema!

GIJoe Collectors Club showcases MOC image of Retaliation Cobra Trooper

This might not be quite so exciting now that these figures are being found at Meijer’s, but for those of us without one of those particular stores nearby, this is still a cool thing.  The card art may be non-descript, but I still dig seeing these new figures contained in their little plastic prisons.

Check out the full image on, and I’ve mirrored a piece of it below.