First and foremost, a huge thanks to Josh for letting me borrow this figure in order to do this review. I’m extremely flattered that he offered this up so I could get the review done for the review page, hopefully I did him proud.
This figure is slated for release in first quarter 2013 as part of the Wave 2 G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3-Packs. The “Cobra Invasion” 3-Pack is also slated to come with Storm Shadow and the Cobra Invasion ParaTrooper. Check out the full review in my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review page, or hit the direct link below.
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As we inch ever closer to 2013, I keep on waiting to get thrown back into the onslaught of marketing for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but the well continues to be relatively dry where information and news goes.
However, the same cannot be said of Jon Chu himself, who has his irons in several different fires at the moment. He’s been officially announced as the Masters of the Universe film director, he’s deeply involved in Justin Bieber’s Believe tour, is currently working with LXD (the League of Extraordinary Dancers) and his YouTube channel DS2DIO. Along with all of this, his first commercial recently aired for Microsoft’s Surface tablet. You can check that out right here.
With all of these projects, MTV Geek sat down with the director, and of course the subject of G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s controversial delay came up. They touch on the subject somewhat, though there isn’t much detail. Chu confirms that his work with dance helped prepare him for some complicated action sequences, and actually convinced producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to give him the director job.
He also speaks about 3D and how even though G.I. Joe: Retaliation is technically being converted to 3D post-production, many of the scenes within the film were shot with 3D in mind and the end result will be much more effective than you might see in other post-production films. He’s also still working hard to possibly shoot some new scenes with 3D from the ground up to even better take advantage of this delay.
You can read the entire interview right here. It’s a really interesting look at the director, which touches on a lot of subjects aside from G.I. Joe. I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s really cool to see how his experience with dance choreography has enabled him to view action films in a different light and bring his 3D skills to the table for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Especially with as little news about the film as we’re seeing right now, it’s worth checking out.
I think it’s fair to say that IDW shocked the G.I. Joe world at NYCC with the revelation that their series of G.I. Joe books would “relaunch” in 2013 with brand new #1 issues and some new creative teams mixed in there, particularly on the flagship G.I. Joe title.
Taking over for Chuck Dixon on G.I. Joe is Fred Van Lente with Steve Kurth doing the pencils, and Mr. Van Lente spoke with Comic Book Resources about this new direction for G.I. Joe. It’s an interesting one to be sure. You can read the full interview right here.
Reading this interview brought a few different thoughts to mind, and I’ve got to work them over in my head a bit over the next couple of months before the book debuts. First and foremost, immediately evident from the first look at the new G.I. Joe team, this book is certainly making some changes. Perhaps making some changes worthy of the “relaunch”. No longer a covert operatives team, G.I. Joe is now out in the spotlight in more ways than one, and looking at this first image… wow. I see a lot of super hero elements here. Form-fitting uniforms, armor plating, a distinct lack of helmets, backpacks or flak vests. Granted, this is a single image, but I could see some G.I. Joe fans being taken aback by this new look.
Perhaps one of the most alarming details is the distinct and conspicuous lack of Snake Eyes… I would imagine they’re holding something back where he is concerned, either to maintain some suspense for his current title or to keep his return as a potential “event” to lead up to in this new book.
For me personally, I don’t mind the super hero elements infiltrating G.I. Joe somewhat, but I do want to see at least some indication that these are military operatives. I suspect they will look more military within the confines of the book itself, but this initial image has me a bit…well… concerned isn’t the right word. I guess I’m surprised. In my opinion, no matter how much they integrate into a super-hero like universe, the core look of the G.I. Joe team should have military elements…and just carrying guns around doesn’t count.
As anyone who reads my site knows, I will remain optimistic, and as I’ve researched the new writer Fred Van Lente, I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying his work. I suspect if anyone can make this new look and feel work it’s him. But let’s just say I’ll be watching this closely, mostly to gauge the reaction of other Joe fans. While I’ve always thoroughly loved an injection of super hero mythology into my G.I. Joe universe, there is a pretty large subset of G.I. Joe fans who are into the hard core military stuff, and upon first glance, these uniforms don’t scream “hard core military”. Of course, many folks would argue (myself included) that “hard core military” never involved dudes in football jerseys or not wearing any shoes, too, so really a lot of folks who clamor for the real world military stuff, but also want things vintage accurate are sort of talking out of both sides of their mouths.
In fairness, I think Duke’s uniform design specifically is extremely cool looking. I like the shoulder pads, I like the layered look of the pants and vest. The throwback to his classic colors. Those are all very cool elements that I think bridge the comic book and military world very, very well. Shipwreck also looks extremely nice, with some call backs to his Devils’ Due appearance and just the right additions if flair to the uniform. That only makes sense with Steve Kurth as the artist on this book (he was the first artist when Devils’ Due launched the title way back when as well) and I can certainly see some of his style showing through.
Thinking about the plot ideas, I do think this has the potential to be very interesting. Embedded journalists/bloggers is a very modernized take, and using the G.I. Joe team as a living, breathing recruitment poster is a pretty intriguing concept. It truly is a new direction, and I am really looking forward to seeing where this goes. As I said, I suspect within the pages of the book there will be many more military-themed images, concepts, and uniforms, but I just had to voice my concerns over the first release image of this new team.
Again, check out the interview right here, and the first image has been posted as well. I won’t mirror it out of respect for CBR, but you can see it in the interview.