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In 2001 Devils Due Productions (at the time publishing through Image and later on their own), acquired the license to publish GI Joe comics, and opted to continue where Larry Hama's marvel run left off (in addition to a Ultimates style reboot, and a new Transformers crossover continuity but those came later). Over their 7 year run they introduced a lot of new concepts, and characters.

Inevitably they also touched on some ground that Larry Hama later would with his own version of the post Marvel events, though in very different ways.

Sean Collins in both universes joins the GI Joe team: as Snake-eyes Ninja apprentice Kamakura in DDP, and as Throwdown in IDW, for example.

And in both universes Snake-eyes dies )

And I swear that'll be my last Joe related post for a while... probably.
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So now that we've gotten to know Snake-eyes a little better, it's time to say our farewells.



Equivalent of Four Pages from GI Joe 213: Spoilers... Obviously )

Missing Tag: Creator: S.L. Gallant
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I'll leave off the Snake-eyes retrospective for the moment with the final Marvel issue of GI Joe, and the last installment of the ARAH continuity until DDP relaunched it in 2001 until IDW continued it in 2010.


Young Sean Collins, the adopted son of a former Crimson Guard (to simplify a long story), is about to turn 17 and wants his father to sign his papers allowing him to join the army. His father convinces him to write a letter to Snake-eyes, asking for an honest perspective on what it means to be a soldier. The letter arrives on the day the GI Joe base is going to be mothballed for the foreseeable future.





What follows is break from the fantasy adventure story of GI Joe, for something a little bleaker.



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After reading Snake-eyes letter Sean decides he needs to put more thought into the matter. In one universe he will become Snake-eyes ninja apprentice, in another he will join the GI Joe team as a more conventional soldier.


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So when I originally started this spat of GI Joe scans it was with the intent of exploring the character of Snake-eyes, we went off the rails there with the Ninja Force/Transformers arc... That had a lot of Snake in it, but I just found myself naturally more attracted to Scarlett's story.

Let's get back on track shall we, here is the story of how Snake-eyes became mute.



Following the Battle of Millville, Scarlett, and Snake-eyes are ordered to report to the Pentagon for a debrief, they want to know exactly what happened to Dr. Biggles-Jones (Which implies that Larry didn't consider Simon Furman's Gen 2 issue to be in continuity? Or is this a simple mix-up?)

Riding together in the chopper brings back some painful memories for Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker, and Snake-eyes.

Read more... )
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When last we left Megatron he had captured Dr. Biggles-Jones, and Cobra Commander had been left with a fraction of the promised Cybertronian tech, but a fraction that could still be dangerous in his hands.

5 1/3 out of the 16 page main story 2 1/3 of the 7 page backup )

Missing Tags: Creator: Manny Galan, Creator: Andrew Wildman
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When last we left off Megatron had touched the Ark down in a Cobra occupied town in America so that he could give Cobra Commander some of the tech contained there in as payment for his new body... but Megatron has something else that interests him, a reason he is continuing to deal with Cobra.




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Last time Scarlett had been stabbed in the chest by Snake-eyes, and the Cobra Ninjas were, correctly, suspecting her of still working for GI Joe cause Snake-eyes never misses. But since there are more Transformers fans here than Joe fans we'll have to side skirt her story for the next couple issues (though don't worry we'll get back to her), cause here's Megatron.

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When last we left off Scarlett, and weapons designer Doctor Biggles Jones had just agreed to join Cobra.


Read more... )
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It's time to jump ahead to the very very 90sy 90s... when Snake-eyes name was plastered on the books' cover bigger than the main title and Scarlett Joined Cobra.

5 1/6th of 135, 5 1/6 of 136 )
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GI Joe #21 is arguably Larry Hama's single most influential comic, it did inspire a Marvel theme month ('Nuff Said), which came some 18 years later, and did showcase a style of purely visual storytelling which was seldom found in main stream American comics at the time.

Here's the interesting thing about this issue. It was conceived out of necessity. As the story goes, back then comic pages were mailed around a few times during the process of comic creation, and at one point an issue of GI Joe goes missing in the mail, with no time to do the whole thing over from scratch, Larry comes up with a plan to cut the letterer out of the mix, and to cut down on art production time saving themselves over a week of production. He will draw breakdowns, and Steve Leialoha will do the finishes, there will be no spoken dialogue.


The story introduced several elements that would later become major facets of the Joe universe: The Silent Castle, the Arashikage tattoo, and the Red Ninja clan.

As a story begins, Cobra Ninja Storm Shadow has captured GI Joe Agent Scarlett and Snake-eyes is on his way to extract her... not that she's going to sit around waiting for rescue.

Read more... )
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Larry Hama is killing off Snake-eyes in GI Joe A Real American Hero, and while he isn't my favorite Joe I think he deserves a send off, so I'll be posting some Snake-eyes stories over the next little while... Starting with the first time his origin was delved into in any detail, GI Joe #26.




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'I hear so many times from people, “I never would’ve thought of picking up a Transformers or G.I. Joe comic, and now this is my favorite comic.” What you said about art comics, that’s sort of the realm I live in to a degree. I do a lot of those shows, and I feel like that’s where I come from, and the response there has been incredible. It’s been embraced as an art comic, as strange as that sounds.' -- Artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

"Tom's looking to the past for some of the cues, but what he's actually building is what comics will be like in the future, not the past." -- Co-writer John Barber

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The serpent encircling the world shall ever have a guiding will.

The foes of G.I. Joe known as Cobra will always have a Commander.

They've had many in IDW's continuity, the one that's not Larry Hama picking up right where he left off. Issues #12 and #13 of its namesake ongoing (not the current one, but the one preceding it), written by Paul Allor and drawn by several artists, told stories about some of them through Cobra's newly hired PR person.

Her motive for taking on the job was quid pro quo. )
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"I never did read what was in the captions [in comic books]. People act and they talk. If it needs to be narrated, something is wrong. I try in my comics plots to make the story apparent in the pictures. Then, I add what words are needed to keep the whole shebang moving along. The less words I have to write, the better. It totally makes my teeth hurt when the artist puts me in the position of having to write dialog to explain the action." - Larry Hama

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"I believe there is something inherently fascist about super-heroes. After all, they are better than the rest of us and putting themselves above the law to do something about it. A soldier is bound by a code of conduct, international law, and hopefully, honor." - Larry Hama

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"I wanted Optimus Prime to look as alien as possible . . . Doesn't he look like the sort of creature that would occupy the netherworld between dimensions?" -- Artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

"My whole professional career has been in mainstream comics, but my background and the stuff I grew up reading and was looking at my whole life wasn’t necessarily mainstream stuff. It’s really rare that you get something that not only hits both of those points, but fulfills the promise of both of those points. You wouldn’t want to pull Chris Ware out and have him do an X-Men comic. If you want to read X-Men, that’s not the part of your brain that you’re engaging when you read Chris Ware. But this somehow hits both." -- Co-writer John Barber

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"I was terrified that I would run out of ideas by the third issue. I pretty much did. I didn’t really get rolling until I fully understood that it was all about the characters and not the plot." - Larry Hama

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I can't say I have an all from favourite writer be it in the comic medium or otherwise, but Larry Hama is certainly one of the ones who influenced me most from my childhood up till today, he's done so many great books, most famously GI Joe, though I believe his own favourite is Nth Man, and his Wolverine run is considered one of the best.


Larry Hama got his start in the comics industry as penciler, and he's done practically every other job the in the industry (he's also been an actor and is working on a crowd funded cyberpunk movie), but he moved to writing mostly because it had better pay per page, and he could produce more pages, per hour. He's very well known for his writing style; Hama always says he doesn't know what's going to happen on one page until he's finished the previous one... When people were speculating about that eye a while back, he went on record saying he wouldn't know what it was till he got there (I am not sure if he has got there yet, I'm a bit behind on my pull list).

Today for you we have: Star Wars, Bucky O'Hare, Wolverine, and a little, but not too much, GI Joe, as well as some excerpts from a very cool vampire E-Book that you should totally buy if you like vampires or urban fantasy at all. Read more... )

 

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