At the center of IDW and Hasbro’s combined efforts is the G.I. Joecomic 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
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).
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!
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!
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.
“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.
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-Smith, Transformers: 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.
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.
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(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”!