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News out of NYCC about the changes to the G.I. Joe titles within IDW has caused some speculation about 2013 titles…the official IDW solicitations have been released and now we know at least a little about the wrap ups to the current slates of G.I. Joe titles.  Issue #21 is now confirmed as the final issue for these current iterations of the G.I. Joe comic universe as things evolve into the new G.I. Joe title, Cobra Files, and Special (Secret?!) Missions.

Curious that IDW chose #21 as significant issues in this case, and I’d imagine we’ll see some creative ways to look at this landmark G.I. Joe issue number, which we all recognize clearly.

Be aware that spoilers will likely be sprinkled throughout, considering these are comics slated to come out in January.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full run down.

G.I. JOE #21

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Kenneth Loh (c)

General Hawk is retired from G.I. JOE, but COBRA isn’t through with him! A team of elite snakeheads targets the former honcho for capture and interrogation. But old soldiers never die, they kick butt and take names. Big one-against-all action as an outnumbered and outgunned Hawk shows us how he earned those stars.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Robert Atkins variant cover!

Bullet points:

  • ·         The return of GENERAL HAWK!
  • ·         FINAL ISSUE OF THE SERIES!!!
  • ·         Is this the end of G.I. Joe? No! Check this space next month!

Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #21

Chuck Dixon (w) • Robert Atkins (a & c)

A “silent” issue in homage to the classic G.I. JOE #21. But this time it’s Storm Shadow in ninja action. He’s survived the massacre of the Arashikage clan and is seeking payback. But he needs to visit the Hard Master before he heads out on the road to vengeance and, possibly, his own destruction. It’s swords and shadows as an era comes to an end.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Alex Cal variant cover!

Bullet points:

  • ·         SILENT EPILOGUE!
  • ·         FINAL ISSUE OF THE SERIES!!!
  • ·         Is this the end of Snake Eyes? IT MIGHT BE!

Cobra #21

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso, Werther Dell’edera (a) • Fuso (c)

OKTOBER ends! The battle between the covert G.I. JOE team and the OKTOBER GUARD takes a turn for the worse as COBRA forces bear down on their location… and they may just manage to eliminate both sides of the conflict. The consequences will be dire and this G.I. Joe team will never be the same again!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Joe Eisma and Juan Castro variant cover!

Bullet points:

  • ·         The conclusion to the biggest COBRA story ever told!
  • ·         The OKTOBER GUARD vs. G.I. JOE—only one can win!
  • ·         FINAL ISSUE OF THE SERIES!!!

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #186

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Wagner  (a) • S L Gallant (c)

DARKLON has managed to get the best of DESTRO and is going forward on his sale of the stolen nuclear trigger device. But when COLONEL FAROUD, the potential buyer of the device, asks for proof that it works, Darklon is forced to make a drastic choice that may put everyone—G.I. JOE, COBRA and even Darklon himself—in mortal danger! The clock starts ticking in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #186!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:

Variant Larry Hama sketch cover!


G.I. JOE: Cobra: Son of the Snake

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Joe Eisma & Juan Castro (c)

A NEW ERA BEGINS HERE! With the G.I. JOE team fragmented, somebody’s got to handle the dirty work. G.I. JOE goes underground! Armed with secret knowledge of COBRA’s inner workings, a rag-tag force of ex-villains and damaged heroes takes the fight to the darkest corners of the world, under the vigilant eye of Flint!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-547-9

Bullet points:

       • Collects issues #13–16!

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1

Larry Hama & Chuck Dixon (w) • Tom Feister, Mike Hawthorne, Andrea Mutti, Agustin Padilla, Rick Ketcham, & Robert Atkins (a) • Nick Runge (c)

It’s a new era with new challenges, and to face these challenges the United States military has forged a new group of the best of the best, G.I. JOE. Starting with G.I. JOE: ORIGINS read from the beginning the whole story of how G.I. JOE came to be and their realization of a shadowy group that keeps popping up wherever trouble is.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 352 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-549-3

Bullet points:

       • Includes G.I. JOE: ORIGINS #0–6 and #8–10 and G.I. JOE #0–6.

Danger Girl / G.I. JOE

Andy Hartnell (w) • John Royle (a) • J. Scott Campbell (c)

The two most incredible covert action teams the world has ever known—so covert, in fact, that neither knows the other exists—are meeting for the first time ever! Repeat:  Danger Girl and G.I. JOE, together. Spies! Girls! Ninjas! COBRA!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-418-2

Michael Golden’s G.I. JOE Yearbook: Artist’s Edition Portfolio

Larry Hama (w) • Michael Golden (a & c)

From the people who bring you the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition series, comes the next Artist’s Edition portfolio: the legendary G.I. JOE Year Book #2 by Michael Golden. The cover and all 22 interior pages are all presented here on individual pages that mimic Golden’s gorgeous original art. And, remember, this is a HARDCOVER portfolio—like the Neal Adams Thrillkill and Bernie Wrightson Much Monster portfolios before it—and matches the exacting quality of all previous Artist’s Editions.

BW • $30.00 net price • 23 prints • 11” x 17”

Bullet points:

  • ·         Advance Solicited for a February release!
  • ·         All pages scanned directly from the original art!