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Interior page debuted of IDW’s G.I. Joe no.1 for Colorist Appreciation Day

Throughout the comic creator Twitterverse today, a hashtag for “coloristappreciationday” has been rolling along, giving some props to the unheralded folks of the comic profession, the colorists.  IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall got in on the action with the following Tweet:

The interior page features Roadblock and Tunnel Rat in a pitched gunfight with what appear to be Cobra WORMs??  Pretty neat.  Check out the mirrored images below, and you can also view the images on Chris Ryall’s Tumblr.


Great look at the wrap around cover for IDW’s G.I. Joe #1

Thanks to IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall’s Twitter feed, we’ve got a fantastic look at the upcoming wrap around cover for G.I. Joe #1, coming in March, 2013!

This cover is by Jamal Igle and really looks gorgeous.  I’ve been among the folks kind of scratching my head over the lack of military gear on these characters, but I personally have no issues with a more modern, less real world type of uniforms, and this looks like a very cool mash up.

To be honest, I think many of the characters here are giving off just a little bit of a Pursuit of Cobra vibe.  I know that PoC figures had a lot more military elements to it, but think about those cool forearm guards we got on Beachhead, and the strategic armor plating from Destro, Firefly, Dusty, and later version of Duke.  I see some similarities here.

But let’s all face it, uniforms are just on the surface.  I think we can all agree it’s the story that counts, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in Fred Van Lente.  I’m really looking forward to this hitting in March.  Check out the original stuff over on Chris Ryall’s Tumblr page, I’ve also mirrored the images below.

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Short preview of IDW G.I. Joe #2

One of the greatest things about the internet is a much more direct connection to the folks behind the scenes…the “creators” if you will.  Personal blogs for comic book professionals are common these days, including IDW Editor Chris Ryall, and G.I. Joe writer Chuck Dixon’s Dixonverse.

A couple of cool G.I. Joe tidbits on each of these pages…

IDW News Recap – Keeping the ball rolling

IDW, in my mind, got off to a strong start with their first issue, and things don’t look to be letting up any time soon.  I was honestly surprised that I was that captivated by the first issue as much as I was, since G.I. Joe Reloaded never really captured my attention that much.  As an alternate universe, it just didn’t do anything for me, however.  Curiously Chuck Dixon was the writer of that series as well, so I’m not sure where the change took place, but whatever happened, Dixon definitely got a roll, at least for the first issue.  Of course I’ll give it some more time before making a final decision, but it absolutely got off on the right foot at least.

That being said, IDW definitely isn’t just coasting on this main series, there’s a ton of other stuff in the works.  G.I. Joe Origins is next in line, written by the immortal Larry Hama, and we can see a great 6-Page preview at right here.

My first opinion is honestly a bit mixed.  The military lingo almost goes overboard, at least in those first few pages, and the art style is somewhat strange.  Not realistic in the least, a very “cartoony” style that didn’t mesh overall with the more realistic Atkins art, but perhaps it’ll grow on me.  It will be interesting at least to see these new origins and where the team kind of forms in this new universe.

As well as the 6-page preview, Toy News International gives us a peek into upcoming IDW Titles for April as well, with some looks at the covers and potential stories.  Check that out here.

This is going to be a big year for G.I. Joe, that’s for sure, and if Issue #1 is any indication, I think the comic license is in good hands, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what new universe IDW is able to weave going forward.