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Preview for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

The world of G.I. Joe continues rolling this month with Issue #203 from IDW Publishing!  It should be hitting comic stores tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

While G.I. JOE continues to adjust to their new circumstances, COBRA COMMANDER begins making his play to unite COBRA. However, his serpentine plot has many twists and turns, and with ZARTAN, DESTRO and BARONESS in the mix, the results may be unexpected—and dangerous! All the pieces fall into place in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #203!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Larry Hama sketch variant cover!

Also coming this week is the G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus!  Collecting the first 12 issues of G.I. Joe: Origins, find out how the team got its start.

G.I. JOE: Origins Omnibus, Vol. 1

Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, J.T. Krul, Marc Andreyko (w) • Mike Hawthorne, Tom Feister, Agustin Padilla, Rick Ketcham, Alex Cal, Andrea Mutti, Klaus Scherwinski, Ben Templesmith (a) • Andrea Di Vito (c)

A new era calls for a new type of fighting force. It’s a time of wars fought in city streets and back alleys, not on open battlefields. Read from the beginning, as the team known as G.I. JOE, is formed to deal with this new breed of warfare.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 296 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-867-8

Bullet points:

  • Collects issues #0–12 of G.I. JOE: Origins.

Five Page Preview for G.I. Joe: Origins #23

So, we’ve hit the 23rd and final issue of G.I. Joe: Origins, which also wraps up the excellent “Mad Monk” storyline.  It hits comic shops tomorrow, but you can see the 5-page preview below.
G.I. Joe: Origins #23
David Lapham (w) • Werther Dell’Edera (a) • Tom Feister (c)
Dr. Lester Horvath has transformed Michael Monk from a suicidal ex-soldier into the ultimate assassin. Now, the wolves are at the door and “the Mad Monk” has come to kill his one-time benefactor. It’s time for Dr. Horvath to play his final card in a game where death is assured, but the revelation of a single number may change everything.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Call out: FINAL ISSUE!

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GeneralsJoes reviews IDW's G.I. Joe: Origins #20 – 21

During New York ComicCon it was revealed that the G.I. Joe: Origins title was going to be fading away, and to be honest, I wasn’t extremely bothered by the news.  Sure, it’s one less G.I. Joe title on the shelves, but beyond snippets into the backgrounds of various characters, what were we really missing?
Well, then I remembered Issues #16 – 18…the Zartan origin.  That was good stuff.  Very good stuff.  Probably the best three issue run during the Origins series, which is pretty ironic, considering it was written by Chuck Dixon, who has been infamous for his up and down roller coaster through the main G.I. Joe title.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the Hama stuff at the beginning, but I’m ready to start moving on.  I’m ready to start evolving the story, and not continuing to mull about in the past.  Origins going away was no big shakes.  What was more important to me was how was it going to leave?
Well, turns out, as one of the last stories to run within G.I. Joe: Origins, the mysterious tale of Michael Monk might just end the series on a very high note.
To avoid spoilers, click the “Read the rest of the story” link below for the full review.

Five-Page previews for IDW G.I. Joe Origins #21 and RAH #160

I have been woefully behind the 8 ball in reviewing IDW’s G.I. Joe titles, but I’ve got a few in the queue, now that I made my most recent trip to my local comic shop.  Unfortunately, in my neck of the woods “local” is a relative term, and I can usually only hit the shop once in a while, so I try to get a handful of books at once.  For that reason, you will likely see a small bunch of reviews posted within the next couple of days.
Among those will be the two books being released tomorrow, G.I. Joe: Origins #21 and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #160.  While you wait with baited breath for the reviews to go up, here are some 5-page previews for these two upcoming issues.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #160
Larry Hama (w) • Agustin Padilla (a) • Padilla, Rod Whigham (c)
Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow switch sides. Baroness gets deprogrammed.
Billy gets taken over completely by Dr. Venom. Blame it all on the Brainwave Scanner!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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G.I. Joe: Origins #21
David Lapham (w) • Werther Dell’Edera (a) • Tom Feister (c)
David Lapham’s “Sedition by Numbers” continues here! The Mad Monk begins his training with COLOSSUS WORLD SECURITY, INC., which is owned by COBRA, of course. Torture is the routine and Monk is singled out for extra attention. If the camp doesn’t break him, then his first mission might have him wondering whose side he’s on. There’s no bottom to this rabbit hole.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Also, I know a lot of folks had been holding out for the Trade Paperback to check out Max Brook’s G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds.  Well, the paperback is hitting this Wednesday and here is the solicitation info below:
G.I. JOE: Hearts and Minds
Max Brooks (w) • Howard Chaykin, Antonio Fuso (a) • Bill Tortolini (c)
Tanks, planes, guns, and bombs are the tools of war, but in order to succeed you must win over the HEARTS AND MINDS. Max Brooks, writer of World War Z, brings his gut-wrenching storytelling approach to G.I. JOE. Partnered with critically-acclaimed artists Howard Chaykin and Antonio Fuso, Brooks cracks open ten G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, revealing their true hidden nature, their highest highs and lowest lows, and leaves you tensely gripping your chair and confronting your own fears. It’s G.I. JOE like you’ve never experienced before.
HC • FC • $24.99 • 132 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-776-4
Bullet points:

  • Max Brooks is the best-selling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z.
  • From 2001 to 2003, Brooks was a member of the writing team at Saturday Night Live that won an Emmy in 2002.
  • “Max Brooks has told an in depth and amazing tale.” — Generals
  • Hands down, Bar None, Absolutely, Unequivocally… I think you get the point, the best book I read this week.” —
  • The outcome of these tales is rarely in question, but the journey never fails to be engrossing.” —