The World Will Always Need G.I. Joe
Karen Traviss Leads A Bold New Series
San Diego, CA (August 27, 2014) – Acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss reignites the G.I. JOE franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on G.I. JOE is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.
The world has changed and so must G.I. JOE—lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen.
“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.
Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Veregge provides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.
“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel, GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”
Look for this new series to infiltrate comic shops this September, and follow IDW Publishing on facebook.com/idwpublishing and @idwpublishing for more news and updates!
“the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce”
This may be a good series, but Hama did do that as the first arc of the RAH revival.
I too have a problem with that plot description being touted as “this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen”. In addition to Hama’s first IDW-ARAH arc, the Club is doing an alternate reality tale that has some of the same themes. Additionally, once you stop couching it in “comic”, it turns out that Sunbow and Extreme both explored the concept, and it’s not too dissimilar from the plot to Renegades.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going “been there, done that”. I’m sure there’s more to it than the brief, catchy press release tells. I’m just saying that the press release gives the impression of being unfamiliar with the brand.
Did I miss something? I thought Duke was the leader, what happened to him?
And Snake Eyes, what’s he up to in this continuity?
Karen Traviss is a horrible writer, ask any Star Wars comic book fan and they’ll tell you what they think of her. She may end up doing the same thing here, the first few issues will be ok… but then she’ll find a few pet characters and have turn them into Mary Sues, everyone
will idolize this group and wish they were part of it since there just in the background.