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Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #11 and Special Missions #10

Tomorrow caps of Fred Van Lente’s run on the G.I. Joe comic for IDW Publishing, and he goes out in style with some awesome Sigma 6 homage work in the first group of pages.  Thumbs up from me on that one.

Check out the previews for G.I. Joe #11 and G.I. Joe: Special Missions #10 below.

G.I. Joe #11

Fred Van Lente (w) • Steve Kurth (a & c)

THE ORIGIN OF ROADBLOCK! How did a humble army chef become the man-mountain we know and love? (Hint: It wasn’t through home cooking!)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A powerful tale of one of the most popular G.I. Joe team members!
  • Variant cover by Ryan Dunlavey!

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #10

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Gulacy, Will Rosado (c)

DESTRO MUST DIE—PART ONE! The Special Missions team recruits Copperback from a Supermax prison to lead them to her former employer: Laird DESTRO. COBRA’s favorite weapons maker is in G.I. JOE’s crosshairs. But only if they can survive their alliance with the deadly and duplicitous Copperback.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Paul Gulacy returns for another action-packed arc!
  • Variant cover by S L Gallant!

Comics Alliance speaks to VanLente about GI Joe #1 & exclusive pages from issue #2

We’ve been talking about it for months, and finally, yesterday the new G.I. Joe #1 debuted at comic shops across the nation.  With a drastic new direction, there was bound to be some polar opposite reactions.  My own opinion was pretty positive, and the reaction throughout the comic buying populace (G.I. Joe fandom aside) seems to be good.

Writer of the new title, Fred VanLente made the rounds to a few different places today, including Multiversity Comics where he spoke with Chad Bowers about the make up of the team and expectations for the title going forward.  Some awesome character-based filecards are woven throughout the article as well.

By far the biggest draw to me, though, was his visit with Chris Sims over at Comics Alliance.  VanLente has a long interview with established G.I. Joe fan sims, and actually debuts some images from the upcoming second issue of G.I. Joe!  As much as I was positive about the first issue, the little preview we see over at Comics Alliance gets me even more excited.  Without spoiling too much, the character appearances in Issue #2 are very exciting, and not only that, but the way they look is just as exciting.  They are certainly using some inspiration from very cool sources.

Check out the ComicsAlliance article right here!

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.


IDW Solicitations for G.I. Joe titles in April, 2013 – New stuff ahoy!

From the looks of the solicitation list, April is going to be the first gung ho month of the IDW G.I. Joe revamp, with all three titles hitting in that particular month.  Tons of exclusive covers, lots happening in every title.  Not to mention the Hama Real American Hero title is bringing in some very familiar faces.

We get some background into Duke’s history this month, and it occurs to me that this is something that was lacking a bit in the mainstream G.I. Joe title previously.  Sure, we got quite a bit of backstory for the team itself, but do we even really know who these people are?  Why should we care about them?  What are their motivations?  I’m looking forward to seeing a little bit more depth to these characters.  Maybe a smaller cast of characters will help drive that.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to read the full solicitation list.


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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