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IDW, Hasbro, and G.I. Joe are Raising Awareness for Veteran Mental Health

G.I. Joe "Hope Lives Here"

To bring attention to the serious issues facing the heroes who have served our country, IDW and Hasbro have teamed up during September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with promotions timed to coincide with The Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
At the center of IDW and Hasbro’s combined efforts is the G.I. Joe comic book series, based on the iconic military toy brand. The recent seventh issue in the series, entitled “A Soldier’s Heart”, focuses on Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara, a combat veteran struggling with the return to civilian life, who joins a support group and navigates both everyday challenges and tragic losses on a path toward recovery. The G.I. Joe creative team consulted with proud service members and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to craft the story and provided valuable real-world information on mental health and resources for support in the issue for the benefit of readers who might require it.
 
During the month of September, IDW and Hasbro have made G.I. Joe #7 available to read for free online, in an effort to spread awareness of suicide prevention and mental health. IDW also commissioned original artwork from fan-favorite artist Freddie Williams II as a public service announcement, featuring G.I. Joe characters and a banner proclaiming “Hope Lives Here”, a message of encouragement ubiquitous with suicide prevention initiatives.
 
Furthermore, IDW and Hasbro have hosted a virtual panel to raise awareness. Moderated by George Gustines of The New York Times, the panel brings comic book creators, licensors and publishers, combat veterans, and experts on mental health issues together to discuss this important topic. Participants include:

  • Paul Allor                   Writer, G.I. JOE
  • Michael Kelly             VP Global Publishing, Hasbro
  • Patricia Watson         PhD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and G.I. JOE #7 Consultant
  • Duane K.L. France    U.S. Army SFC, LPC, and G.I. JOE #7 Consultant
  • Tom Waltz                  IDW Senior Editor, Writer, and Former U.S. Marine

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 (of 5)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 (of 5)

Written by Marieke Nijkamp
Art by Yasmin Flores Montanez

When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, she finds herself in a spooky turf war between wolf-hunters and werewolves. With monsters on both sides, it’s up to Blake to use all of her gaming skills to escape alive in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, BEFORE I LET GO, THE ORACLE CODE) and artist Yasmin Flores Montanez (MARVEL ACTION: CAPTAIN MARVEL, TILLY).

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 (of 5)

Preview: Johnny Boo Finds a Clue?

Johnny Boo Finds a Clue?

Written by James Kochalka
Art by James Kochalka

Johnny Boo and Squiggle team up with old friends in a jaw-dropping new adventure—to solve a very silly mystery! James Kochalka’s Eisner-Award-winning Johnny Boo series just keeps getting wilder and funnier! This time, a secret thief has stolen Johnny Boo’s ice cream. Armed with his mighty magnifying glass, Johnny Boo will find all the clues and capture the vicious villain. The main suspect is a purple mountain whose peak looks suspiciously like it might be covered in vanilla ice cream. To battle this giant foe, Johnny Boo and his friends must team up and transform into their ultimate form: the MEGA-JOHNNY ULTRA-BOO!

Johnny Boo Finds a Clue?

Preview: Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet

Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet

Written by James Kochalka
Art by James Kochalka

Exploding from the beloved Glorkian Warrior video game and graphic novels: a hilarious new outer-space adventure, from the award-winning creator of Johnny Boo! Who keeps the galaxy silly? The Glork Patrol! When the patrol crash-lands on the sinister Bad Planet, Baby Gonk finds a giant egg… so of course he sits on it. Soon it hatches a baby Quackaboodle, the most dangerous creature in the universe! Will there be a fight to the death, or will the Baby Quackaboodle become the newest member of the Glork Patrol? Join author James Kochalka for a new beginning to the wild and wacky universe of Glork!

Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet

Preview: Transformers: Galaxies #10

Transformers: Galaxies #10

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Art by Andrew Griffith

“Storm Horizon,” Part One! Ultra Magnus, one of the four Great Generals of Cybertron’s last war, finds himself far from home and his glory days on a deep space exploratory mission. But when his mentor, Alpha Trion, is reported missing from a nearby world, Magnus must solve a mystery with roots in an even more distant past that reaches from Cybertron to the unknown regions.

Transformers: Galaxies #10

Preview: Transformers #23

Transformers #23

Written by Brian Ruckley
Art by Anna Malkova

“We Have Deceived You.” Cybertron has suffered. The world is in chaos. The situation on the ground truly is a crisis. Sentinel Prime, head senator and leader of the Autobots, will denounce the Ascenticons, the Rise, and anyone he thinks is an enemy of Cybertron’s security. But to do it, he’ll have to get through Senator Megatron first.

Transformers #23

Transformers Escape from “World War” in a New Series

IDW Publishing expands the universe of the ongoing Transformers comic books with an all-new miniseries Transformers: Escape, focusing on a handful of fan-favorite Autobots scrambling to save innocent bystanders from the war between Cybertronian factions. Written by Brian Ruckley, architect of IDW’s Transformers continuity since 2019, and illustrated by Bethany McGuire-SmithTransformers: Escape is a five-issue monthly series slated for release beginning in December.

As Cybertron descends into a state of war, countless civilians — unaligned with the Autobots, Decepticons, or any faction — are caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, a solution may be coming, as Wheeljack, Hound, Nautica, and some of Cybertron’s greatest (and most infamous) scientists seek to reactivate the Ark program and evacuate the planet with huge spaceships. On the verge of war, will their efforts be enough to escape?

Transformers: Escape #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, each by an established Transformers comic book artist. Cover A features illustration from series artist Bethany McGuire-Smith, Cover B from Winston Chan, and two Retailer Incentive editions feature art by Sara Pitre-Durocher and Alex Milne, respectively.

Check Out Today’s New Digital Comics With Around 160 New Releases

Iron Man #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital needs. There’s around 160 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of what you can get here or the individual issues by the publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Abrams Comicarts

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

HarperCollins

Hermes Press

Heroic Publishing

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

NBM

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

SelfMadeHero

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Top Shelf Productions

Valiant

Vault Comics

Virus

Zenescope


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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone reading? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for stores to open here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Book Riot – 8 Perfect YA Comics for New Comics Readers – What comics would you suggest?

ICv2 – Despite Decline in Direct Market Sales, IDW Publishing Reports Break-Even Quarter – That’s good news.

Reviews

CBR – Detective Comics #1027
The Beat – The Witches of Brooklyn

Detective Comics #1027

Preview: Star Trek: Year Five #14

Star Trek: Year Five #14

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Stephen Thompson
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

As Captain Kirk prepares for a gauntlet of combat against his Klingon persecutors, Dr. McCoy attempts to expose a disturbing secret that stretches to the highest levels of Starfleet Medical, even if it costs him his career. Fan-favorite Star Trek artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Green Lantern, Star Trek: Picard Countdown) joins showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly for the amazing conclusion of “Guide of Fire”!

Star Trek: Year Five #14
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