So remember a while ago when G.I. Joe: Retaliation was featuring that four minute extended clip from the ninja cliffside battle before Hansel & Gretel? If you missed it, do not fear, Comic Book Movie to the rescue! Over on the CBM YouTube page, they have posted the full four minute cliffside battle sequence, which is… wow. Impressive.
Wow, it doesn’t seem like it’s already been 20 days since Twitziller started this campaign, and if the next 20 days go this quickly, I’ll be one heck of a happy Joefan, because I’ll be sitting in a movie theater getting ready to watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation!! Today Twitziller covers one of the focal points of the entire film, and one that seems poised to deliver the thrills and excitement that perhaps the Paris Pursuit scene in the Rise of Cobra did not. Time will tell…
With reports already out there that this mountain battle sequence will feature a 10 minute homage to issue #21, I think many of us are pretty excited to see how this will all finally transpire. The most fascinating thing is that much of this battle has already been seen by folks, between the various trailers and the four minute sequence prior to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. All of that being said, there is still a sense that seeing this on the big screen within the framework of the story will be an experience for sure.
I feel like I continue to hammer on the Rise of Cobra and the Paris Pursuit sequence specifically, but that’s not my intention. I just thing that sequence being the main focus of the first G.I. Joe film was a mistake. Beyond the fact that it was reportedly just a Stephen Sommers pet project that found life within a G.I. Joe movie, so much of it was a drastic departure from what many fans love about G.I. Joe. I actually didn’t mind it as much as many people did, but with science fiction suits of armor, it didn’t necessarily feel like a G.I. Joe focused battle sequence.
The mountain battle on the other hand, with Snake Eyes, Jinx, and Red Ninjas galore, feels ripped from the pages of the Marvel Comics. Fans and audience members who see this on the big screen have a palpable G.I. Joe related memory to tie it back to, and the fact that it was choreographed and implemented so well only serves to enhance that feeling. It certainly looks like it’ll be a terrific sequence in the film, and one I cannot wait to experience myself, especially in 3D.
Follow Twitziller on Twitter for the latest updates to this, and you can keep hitting up GeneralsJoes to do the same. Big thanks as always to Twitziller for allowing me to mirror his content here and for going through this project. It’s an impressive feat, to be sure. Previous entries can be seen below.
Cobra Command continues full steam ahead, continuing on in the Snake Eyes title. Snake Eyes brings Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow on to the scene, accompanied by his Red Ninjas, with issue #10 hitting stands on Wednesday.
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Snake Eyes Ongoing #10
Chuck Dixon (w) • Alex Cal (a) • Dave Wilkins, Robert Atkins (c)
COBRA COMMAND CONTINUES! The new Cobra Commander’s war of conquest turns to a war of destruction. COBRA troops are forcing an entire populace to become refugees while eliminating any who dare stay behind. Snake Eyes is now in the killing fields, playing his own game of predator and prey with Stormshadow and the red ninjas of the Arashikage clan!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Vertically inter-connected variant Tom Whalen cover!
PART 5 of the G.I. JOE crossover, “COBRA COMMAND”!
A rolling nine-issue crossover between all three ongoing G.I. JOE titles, all with the same art team!
Ask your retailer about the special vertically inter-connected Tom Whalen variant covers on all three titles!
The latest Sideshow Collectibles newsletter has been sent out, and there’s some exciting news for G.I. Joe fans! Check out all the news tidbits below:
A special preview of Beachhead has been posted! He will go for pre-order with the March 4th newsletter, so get yourself on that mailing list now!
Snake Eyes vs. the Red Ninjas statue is up for pre-order. You can currently order both the Sideshow Exclusive or the Standard Release. The Sideshow Exclusive comes with an exclusive swappable “Commando” style head!
The Sideshow 12″ Flint figure has been given the QTVR treatment, meaning you can do a full 360 degree turnaround and zoom of the figure and his gear. Check him out in full detail, then decide whether you want to pick up the in stock standard version or get on the wait list for the Sideshow Exclusive.