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Thanks to Phil Kost of for relaying the info, IDW has sent out a press release about G.I. Joe: Cobra II (which launches January 27th much to my own delight!).  I would imagine most of us have seen the art for the potential Cobra Commander reveal already, but this is the first time IDW has admitted that’s who it is.  Click the “Read the Rest of this Entry” link below to check out the full blown Press Release.

G.I. JOE master villian makes first IDW comics appearance in new series
San Diego, CA (January 21, 2010) – IDW takes the COBRA story to the next
level in the new G.I. JOE: COBRA II series, debuting in stores on January
27th. Under license by Hasbro, G.I. JOE: COBRA II continues the danger and
suspense of the acclaimed G.I. JOE: COBRA series, as the G.I. JOE team
penetrates the evil COBRA organization and eventually comes face to face
with COBRA COMMANDER himself.
Following what called “an instant classic,” G.I. JOE: COBRA II
offers the next step in the G.I. JOE team’s infiltration of COBRA, as they
try to rescue CHUCKLES, one of their own sent in undercover.
“We’ve been building the COBRA organization up over the first year and a
half of G.I. JOE stories and the COBRA book was a huge part of that,” said
Andy Schmidt, IDW Publishing’s G.I. JOE editor. “We’re looking forward to
revealing COBRA COMMANDER here first. But how and when he appears will
surprise readers. His updated look may not be the only difference…”
With COBRA COMMANDER appearing later in the series, G.I. JOE: COBRA II is
poised to dig deep into the COBRA mythos and reveal not just COBRA
COMMANDER, but several other as-of-yet-unseen villians. The G.I. JOE team
may have been kicked around by COBRA already, but they haven’t seen
anything yet!
Writers Mike Costa and Christos N. Gage craft this exciting new series,
skillfully building the suspense as the G.I. JOE team gets closer to COBRA
COMMANDER. The masterful art of Antonio Fuso gives new layers to the subtle
yet undeniable divide that fans have witnessed within COBRA, highlighted in
the celebrated G.I. JOE: COBRA Special #1. Covers will be provided by both
Fuso and the great Howard Chaykin.
Furthering the series that was named the third best graphic novel of the
year by and the best single issue of the year by MTV Splash
Page, G.I. JOE: COBRA II continues to blend succinct storytelling with
innovative visuals. Raves, “If you’re looking for the latest smart,
inventive reboot, the place to look . . . is G.I. JOE: COBRA.”
G.I JOE: COBRA II #1 ($3.99, 32 pages) debuts on January 27, 2010. Diamond
order code: NOV09 0809.
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Obviously the thought is that this is the character to which they’re referring: