This week saw the release of the all-new GI Joe series, and as part of their efforts to re-establish America's Daring, Highly Trained Special Missions Force as the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, IDW has done a lot of really interesting things. It's changed the lineup and pared it down to a core team and added a new member that... well, that you could only really have on a version of GI Joe that exists in a unified Hasbro universe with all the other toy comics surrounding it.

But one of the most impressive things about the new series is that it features the art of Giannis Milonogiannis, who --- paired with writer Aubrey Sitterson --- has given GI Joe the kind of look that I'm not sure it's ever had before. It's a completely new take on the the aesthetic of ninja-based military fantasy. Now, Milonogiannis has released an 18-page sketchbook that features pages from the first issue, and his character designs for Scarlett, Shipwreck, Rock 'n' Roll and more.

Check it out below, but be warned of spoilers for the book's first issue if you haven't picked it up already!

 

Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis
Giannis Milonogiannis

 

It's interesting to note that while Scarlett is a pretty natural evolution of her classic design, and while Helix, one of the most recent Joes, remains virtually unchanged since her debut in 2009, Doc and Quick Kick seem to have been redesigned from the ground up. Which, in Quick Kick's case, is probably a good thing.

GI Joe #1 is available now from IDW.