The military strike team “G.I. Joe” returned to theaters this week with the movie “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis, among others. IDW Publishing has multiple titles available that tie into the G.I. Joe experience, based on the action figures from Hasbro.
The main title got a new issue No. 1 in February, as the G.I. Joe team is forced to go public. Fred Van Lente (“The Incredible Hercules”) and Steve Kurth (“Ultimate Iron Man”) are the creative team. Two issues of the new series are out so far.
“As a longtime G.I. Joe fan, it's very exciting to be able to launch the series in a bold new direction, with a new status quo that develops organically from events in the current ongoing series,” said Van Lente in a news release.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions
The spinoff title features the undercover missions of the G.I. Joe team. It's written by Chuck Dixon (“Batman”) and drawn by Paul Gulacy (“Master of Kung-Fu”).
The first storyline features Scarlett putting together a team to do battle with the Baroness. The first issue was released March 20.
“‘Special Missions' was always my favorite of all the original, classic G.I. Joe comics,” Dixon said in a news release. “Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe did an amazing comic as well as monthly tutorials on comic book storytelling.”
Those original “Special Missions” are being collected in trade paperbacks, also from IDW. IDW has collected the entire original “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” run from Marvel Comics in 15 trade paperbacks. The writer of that series, Larry Hama, writes a continuation, “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” for IDW. Former Oklahoman S.L. Gallant is the regular artist of the “Real American Hero” series.
G.I. Joe: Roots of Retaliation
This trade paperback reprints the Hama-written G.I. Joe issues from the Marvel Comics run that are most similar to the new film. The first comic book appearances of Roadblock, Duke, Flint and Lady Jaye are included, as is a special issue featuring the original G.I. Joe, Joe Colton. Issue No. 21, a very popular issue of the series that introduced the Arashikage Clan, is featured.
G.I. Joe Movie Prequel: Retaliation
This adventure set in the movie continuity leading up to the events of the film features the G.I. Joes Snake Eyes and Roadblock facing off against Storm Shadow.