Media Release — San Diego, CA (July 24, 2009) – The year of G.I. JOE continues with new G.I. JOE action from IDW. Under license from Hasbro, IDW is proud to announce more great G.I. JOE comics and new creators! Beginning this October, G.I. JOE: Origins gets an infusion of new creators, kicked off by the return of Larry Hama with issue #8. Starting in early 2010, IDW will offer Series II of its fan-favorite G.I. JOE: COBRA story line. Also in 2010, Robert Atkins returns to the G.I. JOE universe with a five-issue G.I. JOE arc.
“We’ve essentially loaded the bases this last year with our G.I. JOE books and our creators are ready to swing away with year two! We’ve learned a lot about what makes G.I. JOE tick and the stories are only getting better,” said IDW’s G.I. JOE editor, Andy Schmidt. “The fan response to all the books has been tremendous, but we’re bringing it to a whole new level this year.”
Starting with issue #8, IDW is shaking up G.I. JOE: Origins, when Larry Hama returns to write a three-issue story arc with art by Andrea Mutti. Next up, Marc Audreyko and Ben Templesmith chronicle the BARONESS’s origin in issue #11. In issue #12, Klaus Scherwinski beautifully illustrates J.T. Krul’s origin story ofBEACHHEAD, including an explanation of the character’s amnesia. RIPCORD is introduced into the comics universe in a two-part arc with issues #13 and 14, scripted by Scott Beatty with art by S L Gallant. And Merrill Hagan makes his G.I. JOE debut with Scherwinski returning on art in issue #15, featuring the first appearance of fan-favorite character SNOW JOB, as he adventures across South America . . . on skis.
Next year promises to be another great one for G.I. JOE, starting off with COBRA II, which picks up from the end of the first, much-acclaimed series. Written by Origins Issue #15, Snow Job, cover artMike Costa and Chris Gage, with art and covers by Antonio Fuso and Howard Chaykin, COBRA II delves even deeper into the COBRA organization and continues to follow Chuckles on his own personal mission. No G.I. JOE fan dare miss it!
G.I. JOE the ongoing series surges with renowned artist Robert Atkins, who launched the series for IDW and will return for five issues, beginning with #13. Written by fan-favorite and G.I. Joe-meister Chuck Dixon, these issues not only pick up the pace for the series, but will also see the demise of a well-known G.I. JOE.
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IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.
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