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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Vol. 20

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Vol. 20

Larry Hama (w) • Netho Diaz (a)

While opposing forces–both good and evil–battle to control the young ninja, Dawn Moreno, she fights her own personal war within her fragile mind… one that will change the pages of G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO forever! It’s the dawning of a new age, where old meets new, bloody past collides with an even bloodier present… and an ALL-NEW SNAKE EYES RISES FROM THE ASHES! Collects issues #246–250.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-257-8

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #252

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #252

Larry Hama (w) • David Messina (a)

“Special Missions,” Part 2 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? This issue, artist David Messina (ROMStar Trek) joins forces with Larry to present Cobra’s ruthless and deadly femme fatale: BARONESS!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Scarlett’s Strike Force #3

Scarlett’s Strike Force #3

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Harvey Tolibao (c)

It’s the third bombastic issue and the fun’s just getting started, sports fans! But that’s how it goes when you mix ninjas, talking robots, elite soldiers, maniacal despots, magical snake rituals… and so much more… into what people are calling The Best Action Comic Ever! By Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe, Street Fighter X G.I. Joe) and Nelson Daniel (Clue, Dungeons & Dragons).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Comics Sells Out

Who is Dawn Moreno? She’s the new Snake-Eyes and break-out character of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! Scripted by legendary G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama, with art by incoming artist Netho Diaz, issue #246 marks the beginning of the “Dawn of the Arashikage” storyline, which sees Dawn, a Mexican-American teenager, take on the mantle of Snake-Eyes, one of the most iconic members of the G.I. Joe team. This pivotal issue in Hama’s long-running G.I. Joe saga has now sold out at the distributor level, as have the preceding issues #244 (featuring Dawn’s first appearance in costume) and #245 (Dawn’s first cover appearance in costume as Snake-Eyes).

Dawn Moreno, who debuted in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #226, was once a gifted high school athlete whose unique physical abilities drew the attention of Cobra Commander. The Cobra elite put Dawn under intense experimentation, accidentally implanting the memories of the original (and now deceased) Snake-Eyes into Dawn’s fragile teenage mind. Now, as a haunted Dawn struggles against visions of a dark past that does not truly belong to her, Snake-Eyes’ longtime ninja comrades from the Arashikage Clan have joined together to help Dawn overcome the waking nightmare her young life has become…

Issue #226 featuring Dawn’s first appearance is sold out, but fans can jump on board with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Volume 16, which collects that issue and marks the beginning of her journey to becoming Snake-Eyes. To meet demand, a second printing of issue #246 will be rushed to the printer, featuring the special Netho Diaz cover art seen here.

Preview: G.I. JOE, Vol. 2

G.I. JOE, Vol. 2

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

G.I. JOE battles all new threats as the defenders of Earth! After the events of Revolution changed everything, the JOEs are left to clean up the mess. G.I. JOE has fought Cobra, the Dreadnoks and more, but never before have they faced a threat like this: Gigantic, heaving abominations crawling up from the depths of the Earth itself. As teams of JOEs struggle to respond to the unpredictable attacks, Scarlett must decide what to do with the enemy in the team’s midst. Plus, the G.I. JOE leader reveals a troubling secret to her second-in-command, Roadblock. Collects issues #5–9.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-025-3

Scarlett’s Strike Force Becomes a Self Fulfilling Prophecy and is Cancelled After Three Issues

IDW Publishing‘s next volume of their G.I. Joe saga is over before it even begins. Scarlett’s Strike Force will be cancelled after the third issue due to “low sales.” The first issue has yet to even hit the shelves, coming out in December so while some pre-order numbers are in, reorders and digital sales are not and final order cutoff for the first issue isn’t until December 5th. That’s weeks after IDW cancelled the comic. Written by Aubrey Sitterson with art by Nelson Daniel the series is set to launch this December picking up after the events of the latest IDW Hasbro Universe event “First Strike.”

Sitterson was the center of controversy recently over his remarks concerning 9/11 which empowered regressive individuals who didn’t like Sitterson’s recent run on G.I. Joe or his leftist politics to campaign for his firing. IDW Publishing didn’t fire Sitterson and he was allowed to continue to work on this new series.

However, Sitterson wasn’t allowed to promote the series in interviews due to a media blackout as a result of his remakes. Sitterson noted the blackout in a recent interview:

Outside of social media, this is actually the first promotion I’ve done for the book in more than two months. When everything went down in September, IDW told me that if I wanted to stay on the book, I couldn’t do interviews or anything to promote it, and IDW PR even shut down a podcast interview I lined up.

The cancellation of the series isn’t surprising with the last news item, beyond the news of the cancellation, was September 11th. We hadn’t even received a press release announcing the series. The series received the promotion of two Tweets from IDW. Without the name “G.I. Joe” in the title and little to no promotion, is it a surprise the series has been cancelled? The cover hasn’t even been upload the Previews website though the comic is being released in two weeks.

Sitterson’s current G.I. Joe series had found it’s estimated bottom of around 5,000-5,500 an issue with an average of 6,585 copies an issue sold, with a high of 12,968 and low of 4,548. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, which continues the classic Marvel run, averages 6,614 copies an issue over the same period and IDW as a whole averaged 8,386 copies a month during Sitterson’s recent G.I. Joe run. Looking at sales estimates, around 2/3 of IDW’s releases each month fall below their average sale number which is being inflated by a half dozen books. Sitterson also wrote last year’s Street Fighter vs G.I. Joe for IDW which averaged an estimated 9,292 copies an issue.

Though IDW hasn’t responded to our requests for comment, they did respond to a fan who wrote the publisher:

Our cancellation of the series is related solely to the book’s sales not being at a level we needed for it to continue and nothing else.

and

You choosing to disbelieve us does not change the facts of the sales not allowing this series to continue. Books that lose money from the first issue are not viable, especially when we would also owe licensing money to Hasbro for those losing issues. We haven’t printed the series but we do have orders for it, we know how much money each issue will lose. Everyone who did anything for any issues we will publish and any we won’t publish will be fully paid.

We kept Aubrey on the previous series and awarded him with a new series, too. Those facts run counter to the false narrative that we bowed to any pressure. We wish it had worked out. We wish enough fans who wanted the book had pre-ordered it so retailers would order it higher. And despite what anyone tries to say, we promoted the comic as we do any other. Do not let loud voices saying false things online convince you otherwise.

Sales estimates for Scarlett’s Strike Force won’t be released until January at which point we’ll follow up to see how it does compared to the rest of IDW’s releases for the month.

Preview: G.I. Joe #9

G.I. JOE #9

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

It all comes to a head for G.I. Joe! Can Roadblock and his team escape the underground in time? And is Scarlett prepared for all hell to break loose?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE’s Latest Recruit: The Six Million Dollar Man

Yo, Steve! The Six Million Dollar Man (aka Steve Austin) and G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, are teaming up for a 4-part comic book crossover from IDW Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment beginning January 2018.

The series will be scripted by rising star writer Ryan Ferrier with art by SL Gallant, who has achieved an epic run on G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, alongside legendary G.I. JOE writer, Larry Hama, for over 75 issues.

Variant covers will be provided by John CassadayKen Lashley, and Mike Zeck. Special action figure covers will also be may orderable from your local comic shop. Subject to availability while supplies last.

The action-packed cross-over event of 2018 kicks off this January!

Preview: G.I. Joe: First Strike #1

G.I. JOE: First Strike #1

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Ilias Kyriazis (a) • Drew Johnson (c)

As Scarlett heads off to Cybertron to confront the events of First Strike, her G.I. Joe team on Earth faces an unusual enemy… V.E.N.O.M.! With the help of a former M.A.S.K. member, G.I. Joe looks to put an end to Miles Mayhem’s sinister group once and for all, in the Greatest Crossover One-Shot Of All Time!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: G.I. Joe #8

G.I. JOE #8

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)

It’s the battle you’ve been waiting for! No, not G.I. Joe versus Cobra… it’s Snake Eyes versus Quick Kick! When Snake Eyes steps out of bounds, only Quick Kick stands in the way of the ninja commando. Who is the team’s true martial arts champion? Well, you’ve gotta read to find out!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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