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IDW G.I. Joe: Special Missions 6 Page Pre-View

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USA Today has has posted up a 6-page pre-view of the upcoming IDW GIJOE Special Missions with Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Paul Gulacy. There is a short interview where we find out some details about the new book.

The Baroness is the main baddie in the first arc, with the Dreadnoks appearing in the second.

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DESTRO:
G.I. Joe returns to the big screen next year, yet it's only on the comic-book page where you'll see the special missions.

Written by current G.I. Joe scribe Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Paul Gulacy (Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu), G.I. Joe: Special Missions debuts March 20 as part of IDW's relaunch of the franchise.

The book also has roots in the original comic, as it's inspired by the original model of Larry Hama's Marvel Comics spinoff of the same name back in the 1980s: a revolving team of specialists comprising only those who could get a particular job done.

The new Special Missions also acts as a sister book to Fred Van Lente's retooled G.I. Joe flagship series that begins in February. While the Joe team goes very public in that, Dixon takes his squad, led by intelligence experts Scarlett and Mainframe, underground and off the grid.

"It's going to be as close to reality as we like to get with the G.I. Joes," says Dixon, who also writes the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow comic. "This is your straight-up, espionage, military-adventure, hunter/killer-team kind of book.

"Although the Dreadnoks do show up in the second arc, so I can't say we're not going to deal with some of the screwier elements of G.I. Joe."

Gulacy admits that he actually was "all geeked up" to do Special Missions like the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, "which always reminded me to some degree of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the big screen. I'm thinking jet packs, crazy guns and aircraft, and all that."

However, Dixon spoke with Gulacy over the phone about the new realistic approach when developing the series. He was fine with that, too, the artist says. "The grittier, the better."

Dixon and Gulacy's first mission spins out of the current story line, where leather-clad femme fatale The Baroness is on the outs with Cobra after losing $40 billion of the evil organization's funds thanks to a sunken ship.

She figures the best way to make amends is to go get the money on the floor of the Atlantic, but the Joe team is on its way to find it before she does. Add in horrible weather and Cobra Commander sending his own squad into the fray to get his cash back, and "it's a perfect storm of violence, basically," Dixon says.

Because he was working with Gulacy again, "I went right for the Thunderball," says Dixon, who promises lots of undersea action with divers by the artist. (They had previously teamed on the 1987 Eclipse miniseries Valkyrie.) "There's a visceral feel to his work, just a coolness factor."

Scarlett heads up the first mission, which includes a Joe roster of Army Ranger Beach Head, demolitions guy Tripwire, computer specialist Hard Drive, Navy SEAL Torpedo and Coast Guard captain Cutter. Mainframe takes charge in the second arc, which will feature machine gunner Roadblock (who is being played by Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie in March) and Native American tracker Spirit.

So far, Gulacy likes them all. "The trouble is learning who's who," says the artist, who has a shoe box full of G.I. Joe action figures he picked up more than 15 years ago.

"Chuck keeps them all distinguishable. It's pretty complicated. It reminds me of working on Star Wars, which is quite the challenge knowing the characters, the gear, the hardware and the personalities."

There are a lot of Joes, but don't expect scads of character development although the series starts with a romance between Scarlett and Mainframe that will probably get rocky sharing command of an elite unit within an elite unit.

Dixon's Special Mission is "all plot," he says. "It's their mission do they succeed or fail? And anybody who's been reading the Joe that I've been writing knows they fail probably more times than they succeed.

"The arcs are meant to be read as standalone thrillers as opposed to the more ongoing, serial stories the other books have."

While fans won't see large-scale military operations like in recent story line, they are getting the Dreadnoks in the second arc, according to Dixon.

The Cobra-affiliated outcast biker gang led by villainous master of disguise Zartan will be a slightly updated version of Hama's from his original G.I. Joe series, which introduced Buzzer, Ripper, Torch and others prior to their debuts as action figures on toy shelves.

"They're closer to the Doomsday Preppers zanies on TV. They're out there in their own little community in the middle of the Australian outback," says Dixon, who's mixing in a little Sons of Anarchy and Mad Max, too. "They take themselves way too seriously."

One character who is staying off the table is Snake Eyes, the silent ninja warrior who's been an iconic part of the Joe roster since Hama began his original run in 1982.

In fact, there's a Snake Eyes moratorium in not only Special Missions but also Van Lente's G.I. Joe series and Mike Costa's G.I. Joe: Cobra Files, launching in April.

"The thing with Snake Eyes and with ninjas overall is less is more," Dixon explains. "It's always cool to have Snake Eyes out of the picture for a while, and then his return is always huge and dramatic. And not in a contrived way.

"Him coming back is always a moment, like in Fantastic Four when Doctor Doom shows up. It's like, OK, now it's a party."


The Baroness GIJOE Special Missions #1

Dixon, Gulacy enlist for 'G.I. Joe: Special Missions'
revsears:
Scarlet and Mainframe? IDW continues to tale stories in such away to baffle me and seemingly intentionally be unrecognizable as Joe. That said, the lack of Snake-Eyes is nice but it's one pro among countless cons.
Troops of Doom:
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Originally Posted by DESTRO View Post
"It's going to be as close to reality as we like to get with the G.I. Joes," says Dixon, who also writes the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow comic. "This is your straight-up, espionage, military-adventure, hunter/killer-team kind of book.
Very good news.
angelofdeath69:
Dixon is more than capable of writing really good action comics, his SE title is proof of that.

And so far i like the teams involved, Scarlett and Mainframe are a good team but no romantic involment please.

I'm in on this title.
KINGOFNOD5:
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Originally Posted by revsears View Post
Scarlet and Mainframe? IDW continues to tale stories in such away to baffle me and seemingly intentionally be unrecognizable as Joe. That said, the lack of Snake-Eyes is nice but it's one pro among countless cons.
How? Mainframe has proven himself to be one of the Chief butt-kickers of the IDW Joe line, better than Snake-eyes or Duke always taking the lead.

Can't wait to see this.
Megastar:
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Originally Posted by KINGOFNOD5 View Post
How? Mainframe has proven himself to be one of the Chief butt-kickers of the IDW Joe line, better than Snake-eyes or Duke always taking the lead.

Can't wait to see this.
I'm cool with Mainframe stepping up to the plate, but I want my Snake-Eyes\Scarlett\Duke love triangle and specking of love I wonder if Destro well play a role in the Baroness getting back in Cobra Commanders good graces plan?
necro:
looks pretty sweet!
TARGETSIX:
Paul Gulacy is one of my favorite artist of all time. His work on Master of Kung Fu (1970's) is classic.
Rainbow Viper:
Baroness on the cover with a gun? we've NEVER had one of those before! and I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait to see how this Scarlett/Mainframe romance pans out!
Steevy Maximus:
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Originally Posted by revsears View Post
Scarlet and Mainframe? IDW continues to tale stories in such away to baffle me and seemingly intentionally be unrecognizable as Joe.
Why? Because they aren't using the same damn Hawk, Duke, and Flint command structure?

I'm not overly familiar with IDW Joe, but I would assume Mainframe was chosen because of his position within THIS version of Joe. Just because he was a c-lister in prior series doesn't mean they haven't take his (much more relevant today) specialties and run with the idea.

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, but I want my Snake-Eyes\Scarlett\Duke love triangle
And as far as I know, the only major media that even touched that was Resolute (and MAYBE DDP, not exceptionally familiar with that run)
Rainbow Viper:
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Originally Posted by Steevy Maximus View Post

I'm not overly familiar with IDW Joe, but I would assume Mainframe was chosen because of his position within THIS version of Joe. Just because he was a c-lister in prior series doesn't mean they haven't take his (much more relevant today) specialties and run with the idea.
actually I don't think it's anything that deep at all. Mainframe was chosen simply because Dixon already started this flirty romance thing between him and Scarlett. In order for him to follow that up he puts him in the cast. I think it's great though that he will be getting more time to shine I just thing this romance thing is a snoozer and needs to go away. it's just not needed.
GAAWAY:
Man, I have got to be the biggest Master of Kung - Fu geek on the Tank! Just to see what Gulacy has in store for the Joes art wise has me geeked. I just hope the story measures up to the art. Bring it on!
DESTRO:
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Originally Posted by GAAWAY View Post
Man, I have got to be the biggest Master of Kung - Fu geek on the Tank! Just to see what Gulacy has in store for the Joes art wise has me geeked. I just hope the story measures up to the art. Bring it on!

That art is nice.
Bleak5170:
I don't think I could possibly be less interested in this book. And with the exception of ARAH and SE&SS, it seems as though IDW is content to let lesser artists work on G.I. Joe.
necro:
"lesser artists????"
necro:
Didn't read the initial first post. I just saw the art and am glad to see there will be some awesome old-school chops working on the the title. I can't say I am crazy to hear about the romance thing, especially since, in my world SE and Scarlett are the only 2 for each other. But then again, I havent followed the Dixon GI Joe title at all.
Griff:
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Originally Posted by KINGOFNOD5 View Post
How? Mainframe has proven himself to be one of the Chief butt-kickers of the IDW Joe line, better than Snake-eyes or Duke always taking the lead.

Can't wait to see this.
Really the only butt being kicked is that of decent and comprehensible story telling thats not all over the board. And not so great artwork. I had really wanted to like the IDW stuff but after reading several issues of the various comics I am just not feelin the new stories.
necro:
so funny to me that no one digs the artists that actually have real talent. with the way comics are colored today a really great inker (in the old-school sense, i guess since digital coloring has changed the entire look and feel of comics) is very under appreciated
Troynos:
Paul Gulacy a lesser artist?

That's funny....


I know that everyone's tastes are different, everyone likes different styles, but even if don't like his particular work, there's no way Gulacy can be classified as a lesser artist.
Bleak5170:
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Originally Posted by Troynos View Post
Paul Gulacy a lesser artist?

That's funny....


I know that everyone's tastes are different, everyone likes different styles, but even if don't like his particular work, there's no way Gulacy can be classified as a lesser artist.
Okay poor choice of words by me. I just don't like his style. He's got a real independent comics style of art which I don't think is suited for mainstream books. It just looks really dated by today's standards. Not my cup of tea at all.
M_renegade:
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Originally Posted by Bleak5170 View Post
Okay poor choice of words by me. I just don't like his style. He's got a real independent comics style of art which I don't think is suited for mainstream books. It just looks really dated by today's standards. Not my cup of tea at all.
I have to agree here.
Looking at those pages, i thought the same, the style has a certain independant style.
But that's mostly because Paul Gulacy has a particular cinematographic/dramatic style, much like Jim Steranko or P. Craig Russell (i'm old school or what?? ).
He's not the standard comic guy, he puts lots of thought and tries to create certain atmosphere. While not the most realistic style, you won't forget his big eyed exotic women , the heavy shadows, and careful thought of combat scenes.

I see "Dixon/Gulacy" and some classic drawings with badass script, and I'm really interested.
I see a bunch of Image Joe-superheros, and ran away.

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so funny to me that no one digs the artists that actually have real talent. with the way comics are colored today a really great inker (in the old-school sense, i guess since digital coloring has changed the entire look and feel of comics) is very under appreciated
No shit.
Look at the pages and you can see this guy draws everything, there'sno trick or photoshop, pure heart, sweat and talent on his work.
You can't say the same for... well, much of the other Joe art :S
necro:
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Originally Posted by M_renegade View Post
I have to agree here.
Looking at those pages, i thought the same, the style has a certain independant style.
But that's mostly because Paul Gulacy has a particular cinematographic/dramatic style, much like Jim Steranko or P. Craig Russell (i'm old school or what?? ).
He's not the standard comic guy, he puts lots of thought and tries to create certain atmosphere. While not the most realistic style, you won't forget his big eyed exotic women , the heavy shadows, and careful thought of combat scenes.

I see "Dixon/Gulacy" and some classic drawings with badass script, and I'm really interested.
I see a bunch of Image Joe-superheros, and ran away.



No shit.
Look at the pages and you can see this guy draws everything, there'sno trick or photoshop, pure heart, sweat and talent on his work.
You can't say the same for... well, much of the other Joe art :S
Finally...someone who "gets" me.
revsears:
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Originally Posted by KINGOFNOD5 View Post
How? Mainframe has proven himself to be one of the Chief butt-kickers of the IDW Joe line, better than Snake-eyes or Duke always taking the lead.

Can't wait to see this.
Why couldn't someone more familiar be written as that leader?
revsears:
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Originally Posted by Steevy Maximus View Post
Why? Because they aren't using the same damn Hawk, Duke, and Flint command structure?

I'm not overly familiar with IDW Joe, but I would assume Mainframe was chosen because of his position within THIS version of Joe. Just because he was a c-lister in prior series doesn't mean they haven't take his (much more relevant today) specialties and run with the idea.


And as far as I know, the only major media that even touched that was Resolute (and MAYBE DDP, not exceptionally familiar with that run)
Not exactly. I was fine with DDP's use of Rey or Colton. They were a progression and involved some change, but still other characters were recognizable in their designs and behavior (well not flint after LJ , but that's another topic, and Casey was bad for Joe)

IDW didn't start with something familiar and take us new places, they started with a confusing mess and continue to random elements to the ever churning blender. Scarlet was never a strong leader, but as been one, above Duke, in IDW sense day one correct? As far as Scarlet being an item with someone? it's either Duke or Snake-eyes (only once a bit of both) and once a bit with Ripcord. Change in doses is not only acceptable but great, but somethings are risky to touch and when they have changed so much already, and so fast, taking away anchor points make it less and less like Joe.
necro:
i wonder if there will be different leaders in different arcs....special ops teams dont always have to have the same leader...
TheSav1979:
I don't like the sound of this at all.

Focused on plot with little character development? Wonderful... Why even be GI Joe then? Part of what makes Joes so special IS the colourful characters and I find military situations when all the talk has to be 'tech and situational-talk' incredibly boring.

That's where Larry Hama excelled was in blending the two elements. Tom Clancy-like writing is boring and might as well not be GI Joe.
RPD:
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He's got a real independent comics style of art which I don't think is suited for mainstream books.
I don't really consider Joe a mainstream book, anyway...
Mr Hebime:
I got all of IDW's original Special Missions rereleases and am looking forward to this newest incarnation as long as it keeps faithful to the original version. A no nonsense, kick butt, "government don't acknowledge you if you get caught" action type format. And the Baroness looks hot on the cover
Superjoe74:
I have not read any Joe titles since the Marvel run but, I may start again. I liked the original Special Missions and this new series sounds as though it will be full of action, espionage and intrigue. Sounds like a good mix. I may buy a few issues to see how it develops and I may read up on some back issues as well.
hotmitts:
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Originally Posted by TARGETSIX View Post
Paul Gulacy is one of my favorite artist of all time. His work on Master of Kung Fu (1970's) is classic.
Too right. He's up there with Steranko.
cardensb:
What I was liked about the original Special Missions comics was that we got more obscure characters like Alpine and Airtight. This looks like the same cast as the main line - Tripwire, Scarlett, Beach, Mainframe against Baroness. Yawn.
Renegade:
Really looking forward to it, Dixon is at his best when he focuses action and is more plot driven.
Life4Dreadnok:
I appreciated the original Special Mission books because it was grittier than the main RAH book, and it had primarilly one issue stories. The main book had the long drawn out story arcs. Now the main book/s are already gritty, and it appears this version of Special Mission will have long drawn out story arcs. So I'm not sure why this is needed. I will of course check it out regardless.
Super Beast:
I really like the Mains/Red relationship. Its been a long time coming.

Also, Tripwire is my favorite character.

Never thought I'd say that. F***ing ever! But he and Beachhead are an amazing team.

I really hate Scarlett as a leader. And really the women Joes in IDW all together for some reason...I don't know why...
Stormgard:
The original Special Missions did shine with that four issue story arc that started out in China and ended up with a Tomahawk extraction. I'd like to see a series of gritty but cerebral action stories that are closer in plot to a decent war movie than a FPS game. I'm looking forward to this!
 

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