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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.” —