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.
Here's the thing: If you ask someone who their favorite GI Joe is, what you're really asking is who their second-favorite Joe is after Snake Eyes. I'm sorry, but I don't care how much you like Gung Ho or Shipwreck or even Destro, those dudes did not lay siege to the Silent Castle, and that's pretty much all that matters.
The folks at Prime 1 Studios know what I'm talking about, which is why they chose the Joe team's silent ninja for a brand-new statue that stands over two feet tall and comes complete with interchangeable hands so that you can put him in the classic Uzi-and-Katana state that pretty much defined action entertainment in the '80s.
In the latest of our galleries celebrating the best covers of the year, we're looking at the best covers from IDW.
IDW maintained its impressive and diverse line of licensed properties in 2016, from Ninja Turtles to Little Ponies, as well as ambitiously expanding and collating its Hasbro properties under the "Revolution" banner, and reviving and reinventing the Micronauts, M.A.S.K., and Rom.
IDW's Revolution crossover might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean that things are slowing down for the Hasbro properties that have all been thrown into the same universe. In March, the Revolutionaries are faced with Cobra Commander, the secrets behind the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand will finally be revealed, the crew of the Lost Light are trapped with no choice but to save the universe (again), and --- perhaps most importantly --- we're finally getting to see Art Baltazar and Franco do a story with Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes.
That's right, y'all: Revolution is getting the Aw Yeah! treatment with a story where Micronauts foe Baron Karza reads a bunch of GI Joe comics and then finds out that Snake Eyes is very real. Check out all the IDW/Hasbro solicits for more information!
Q: What makes a good silent issue? -- @XavierFiles
A: Listen: I don't know if you meant for me to interpret this question as, "Can you talk about GI Joe #21 for a couple thousand words," but I do think we all knew that was exactly what was going to happen.
Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis are stepping up to take the Joes in a new direction in GI Joe: Revolution. To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to Sitterson about leaning into the sci-fi aspects of the book, the characters he's chosen for the team, and when we'll see Destro. We also have a first look at some brand-new pages from issue #1!
It's been a long time since I added any new GI Joe figures to my ancient collection. For a long time, GI Joe was pretty much the only action figure series I was devoted to, but that was more than two dozen years ago. I remember playing with those toys for hours on hours, days on days. GI Joe was the be all and end all when it came to my childhood. Okay, sure there were probably more than a fair share of Transformers in the mix, too (Hot Rod 4 Lyfe], which made one of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con exclusives particularly adept at tugging on my nostalgia strings.
Additionally, the set released hot on the heels of the conclusion to Transformers vs GI Joe, IDW's absolutely brilliant event from Tom Scioli and John Barber. Though this set isn't tied to the comic in any way, the timing was spot on for those of us who'd been reading the comic and were still jonesing for that next toys-as-comics fix.
Larry Hama's career in comics has spanned more than forty years, not just on the page but also behind the scenes, where he's mentored countless new writers and artists as they make their way through the industry. He continues to redefine the industry and the way people approach comics as a whole.
ComicsAlliance spoke to Hama about his artistic career by discussing five of his milestone works.
Q: Why are comic book adaptations of movies a thing? Do you think any are worth reading? -- Daniel, via email
A: You don't see them around too much these days, but when I was a kid, comic book movie adaptations --- official comic book movie adaptations --- were a pretty big deal. Or at least, that's how it seemed to me. See, when you're stuck in the back seat of a Ford Escort on a 600-mile car trip and you want to know more about this new movie that you've been reading about in Disney Adventures, and you're also living in a time before everyone carried a tiny personal computer that could show them literally every comic book, television show, and music video in the world, well, picking up a The Rocketeer: The Official Movie Adaptation off the magazine rack at a gas station was a pretty solid way to kill some time.
Here's a fun fact about me: My dad once told me that he was late for work every day for a year because I refused to leave the house until MASK was over. Clearly, that show was my entire, all-consuming jam circa 1986, and even though I'm pretty excited about seeing a rebuilt IDW universe that involves GI Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, Action Man and ROM The Space Knight all coming together, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is the one that's really got me hooked.
And now, we're finally starting to see it come together --- and folks attending September's Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, New Hampshire are going to get a pretty awesome look at it in the form of Ben Bishop's awesome variant cover for Revolution #1.
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