IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 4:11PM CDT

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From Paste magazine, we have some news about another upcoming First Strike consequence in IDW Publishing's, regarding the current GI Joe series (featuring Decepticon Skywarp as a member - the best member - of the team), and its rebranding after the crossover event: Scarlett's Strike Force! The interview can be read in full here, you can find a snippet below, and you can check out some concepts, cover art - and even interior art for upcoming First Strike tie-ins for MASK and GI Joe!

This December, Sitterson continues his mission with artist Nelson Daniel in a new series titled Scarlett’s Strike Force. Announced at Hasbro’s industry event Hascon today, Scarlett’s Strike Force will pit the titular character and her crew against the newly reemerged threat of Cobra Commander. Paste chatted briefly with Sitterson about the decision to relaunch G.I. Joe under a new title, Daniel’s contribution to the franchise and how the duo plan to produce “The Best Action Comic Ever.” We’ve also got an exclusive first look at interior art from this fall’s First Strike tie-in issues of G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., both written by Sitterson and drawn by Ilias Kyriazis, as well as concept art for Scarlett’s Strike Force from Nelson Daniel.

Paste: What prompted the name change? Is there a shift in tone or mission statement with this new iteration?

Aubrey Sitterson: In the previous Joe series—by me, Giannis Milonogiannis and Lovern Kindzierski—Scarlett was the leader of a team that included not only Joes, but the Decepticon Skywarp, and in the new series, they’ll be joined by Matt Trakker of M.A.S.K. as well as another face that might be familiar to long-time fans.

So, coming out of the First Strike event, we thought it made sense for the name of the book to speak to the nature of the team. Don’t worry though—the reception to our unique take on G.I. Joe has been amazing, so there are no plans to stop giving you the bombastic, sci-fi-action-packed character drama that you deserve!

Paste: Should we expect a team shakeup or any new faces?

Sitterson: While the focus of the book will remain on the characters you know and love—including Scarlett, Roadblock, Salvo, Quick Kick and Skywarp—one of the G.I. Joe concept’s greatest strengths is its deep roster. We’ll be pulling from it, and even introducing the classic Action Man character, The Intruder, into the Hasbro Universe. Plus, our brand-new Cobra Commander has assembled an organization including Destro, Storm Shadow, Cesspool, Croc Master, Raptor and an army of new, serpentine Vipers.


Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017
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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1910731)
Posted by Mr.MicroMaster on September 13th, 2017 @ 4:35pm CDT
Are they fighting army ants.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1910733)
Posted by CaptainMagic on September 13th, 2017 @ 4:47pm CDT
So, is it possible that with Joe Colton and Sgt. Savage showing up in Revolutionaries and Duke showing up in GI Joe that Hasbro might launch books where everyone gets their own Joe team to run their own way? And then crazy 90s Savage can turn to the audience and invite us all to "Choose Yo Joe?" Please?
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1910755)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 13th, 2017 @ 7:13pm CDT
ROM #13 iTunes Preview is up! https://t.co/i6hfIyUsaj
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1915196)
Posted by Va'al on October 7th, 2017 @ 12:04pm CDT
With IDW Publishing busy at New York Comic Con 2017, we have received their previews for next week directly, and are allowed to publish them for all to see! First up, a tangential Transformers title - through Skywarp and the involvement of the cast with First Strike and the wider Hasbro Universe: GI Joe #9!

Also included below is the ending to the M.A.S.K. series, with its tenth issue, as it leads into the First Strike event.. currently on its fifth issue out of six.

[quote]G.I. JOE #9
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
It all comes to a head for G.I. Joe! Can Roadblock and his team escape the underground in time? And is Scarlett prepared for all hell to break loose?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Don’t miss the cover by Ominous Press creator, Bart Sears, part of our Bart Sears cover month!
The pulse-pounding final issue before this month’s First Strike crossover!
Variant cover by Dylan Burnett![/quote]















[quote]M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #10
Brandon Easton (w) • Drew Moss (a) • Abel Ciccero (c)
In the final issue of M.A.S.K., Matt Trakker loses the trust of his friends and teammates, causing the group to disband. With mounting threats on the horizon, Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is no longer on the front lines, plunging them all into an uncertain future.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Don’t miss the cover by Ominous Press creator, Bart Sears, part of our Bart Sears cover month!
The jaw-dropping finale before the epic crossover First Strike!
Variant cover by Santipérez![/quote]













Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1915203)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on October 7th, 2017 @ 12:25pm CDT
FINALLY MASK IS OVER! Thank the Lord above!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1919106)
Posted by Va'al on October 31st, 2017 @ 8:26am CDT
Courtesy of IDW Publishing directly, we also have a second preview today for one of their comic books out this week, and the final issue of one of their Hasbro Universe ongoings: Rom the Spaceknight! Ending the series at issue 14, Christos Gage and Chris Ryall try tying up loose ends before the cast moves in with the Micronauts in the new series after First Strike, as reported here. Check out the preview below.

[quote]Rom #14
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • Nathan Greno (c)
“Long Roads to Ruin” finale! Is this the last issue of Rom? Yes… and no! First Strike is upon us and out of that momentous event, a new Rom will arise! But before that, the fate of the Knights of the Solstar Order!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
On the road to First Strike!
Final issue. Wait… what?! The portentous answers lay within!
Variant cover by Ray Dillon![/quote]













Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1923756)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on November 26th, 2017 @ 10:07pm CST
Kind of surprised no one reported this already. Scarlett's Strike Force is canceled with issue #3. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/11/23 ... cancelled/
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1923773)
Posted by Va'al on November 26th, 2017 @ 10:48pm CST
Daniel Adkins wrote:Kind of surprised no one reported this already. Scarlett's Strike Force is canceled with issue #3. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/11/23 ... cancelled/


I have been keeping my eye on this since the news broke, and am waiting for something to come through official channels. Like, literally anything would do. thx IDW
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1923834)
Posted by ScottyP on November 27th, 2017 @ 10:31am CST
What it looks like: IDW capitulated to an angry mob.

Realist side that I can't shut up inside my head: I'd guess with the personnel shakeups, someone looked at the financials and walked back a previous decision. Heck, it felt to me like SSF was getting more promo than Rom/Micronauts and only a smidge less than TF vs Visionaries, but I don't really want to look. I'd bet the sales of Joe vol. 5's run coupled with 1) poor early indicators of SSF orders and 2) the apparent status of SSF as an ongoing (as opposed to the other 5 issue minis about to launch), one of the folks in a new position made the call to cut losses. The timing and optics of it are especially poor, but I have a hard time ever getting too black/white on this kinda stuff.

Not saying anyone is without fault: Sitterson sent a poorly worded tweet, IDW axed an entire project and its creative team weirdly early with odd but possibly explainable timing, and no one wins.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1923901)
Posted by Va'al on November 27th, 2017 @ 7:47pm CST
ScottyP wrote:What it looks like: IDW capitulated to an angry mob.

Realist side that I can't shut up inside my head: I'd guess with the personnel shakeups, someone looked at the financials and walked back a previous decision. Heck, it felt to me like SSF was getting more promo than Rom/Micronauts and only a smidge less than TF vs Visionaries, but I don't really want to look. I'd bet the sales of Joe vol. 5's run coupled with 1) poor early indicators of SSF orders and 2) the apparent status of SSF as an ongoing (as opposed to the other 5 issue minis about to launch), one of the folks in a new position made the call to cut losses. The timing and optics of it are especially poor, but I have a hard time ever getting too black/white on this kinda stuff.

Not saying anyone is without fault: Sitterson sent a poorly worded tweet, IDW axed an entire project and its creative team weirdly early with odd but possibly explainable timing, and no one wins.


Yes. The what it looks like is the troubling part, but other information seems to confirm the rest.
Which is where some on-the-ball PRing would help ease any ill feeling towards IDW (from any party, really).
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1923913)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on November 27th, 2017 @ 9:16pm CST
People already had bad will to IDW. Lots of people stopped reading IDW over that fiasco. But it's over and dune now. Can't we just let comics be our escape and not divide ourselves over politics here, please?
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1924111)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on November 29th, 2017 @ 11:21am CST
I was honestly surprised to see they were going to attempt another GI Joe ongoing, and I am not terribly surprised this was cancelled. I don't wish ill will upon those who wanted it, but really GI Joe hasn't been working out in any real book.

I will say though, the title with the whole "IDW cancels female led book" sounds more political than this should be. GI Joe as a whole hasn't been great, don't try to make it something more than what it may be
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926258)
Posted by Va'al on December 12th, 2017 @ 1:32am CST
Courtesy of IDW Publishing, we get a preview look at a book due out this week (or perhaps the next, you never know with scheduling) which collects the three parts of the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook we've seen released so far. The collected volume includes short comics, profiles, bios, details and more about most of the major players in the current Hasbro universe, including what hadn't been revealed at the time of first publication - check out the opening pages below, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

[quote]Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook
John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Sina Grace, & Various (w) • Robert Atkins, Guido Guidi, Paolo Villanelli & Various (a) • Marcelo Borstelmann (c)
From the pages of Transformers, G.I. Joe, Rom, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Action Man, and Revolutionaries comes the ultimate guide to the heroic and villainous champions of Hasbro! The new post-Revolution universe's biggest movers and shakers from Acroyear to Zarana are all here with detailed bios and astonishing art by today's top talent! Plus, three back-up stories that expand upon the new lore of the shared universe; fantastic spreads of the bases of G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime, and the Micronauts; and if you look closely, hints of things to come!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-099-4

Bullet points:
From today’s top creative talent!
Advance solicited for December release! [/quote]















Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926259)
Posted by steve2275 on December 12th, 2017 @ 1:36am CST
i may get that trade
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926864)
Posted by Va'al on December 15th, 2017 @ 1:38pm CST
You may have been following the news accompanying the retitled GI Joe series in the current shared Hasbro Universe from IDW Publishing, and its early cancellation with issue three - you can read more about that story here, and we apologise for not covering it at the time, an official statement from IDW that will never fully come can be found in the CBR story by ways of Chris Ryall.

That said, Scarlett Strike Force #1 - the new title - does finally get a little touch of marketing, by ways of showing the usual first couple of pages on iTunes, the synopsis, and a cover - plus a fair amount of Skywarp that we were missing in the rest of the IDW Transformers titles. You can check it all out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub discussion boards, before the release of the book itself in a couple of weeks!

[quote]They’ve fought back invasions from home and afar—now, they’re back on Earth, and ready to take on the wildest, weirdest threats out there! It’s Scarlett’s G.I. Joe team, the Strike Force, against a brand-new Cobra Commander, a revitalized Cobra, and everyone else trying to conquer Earth… or destroy it! Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe, Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) is joined by superstar artist Nelson Daniel (Clue, Dungeons & Dragons) in The Best Action Comic Ever![/quote]





Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926878)
Posted by Randomhero on December 15th, 2017 @ 3:24pm CST
I really hope Skywarp migrates over to Optimus Prime after issue three since it was canceled. We really need to have some kind confrontation and resolution with Thundercracker.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926879)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on December 15th, 2017 @ 3:25pm CST
Scarlett's Strike Force getting cancelled is an utter crime.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926885)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on December 15th, 2017 @ 4:34pm CST
good riddance.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926890)
Posted by Coptur on December 15th, 2017 @ 5:09pm CST
Yep goodbye to bad rubbish
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - GI Joe Relaunching as Scarlett's Strike Force in December 2017 (1926906)
Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on December 15th, 2017 @ 9:14pm CST
I just read the whole controversy about writer Aubrey Sitterson, and why fans "Hate" him and all.
And all I can say is this, a lot of comic book writers are self-indulged morons, trust me I know, Larry Hama is one that comes to mind, he has been rude to his fans (me included), treating them like nothing more than "moronic fan boys", that should just shut up and kiss the ground that he walks on, yet no one questions him.....well I did and I got my a** served to me by Mr. Hama himself. Anyways my point is this is a stupid reason to cancel a series, but I expect nothing less from IDW since this is not the first time they made a stupid decision.
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