IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 4:30AM CDT

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If you've been following promotional material, you'll know that The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe is due for another issue this week, as IDW Publishing releases issue #4 of G.I. Joe - now featuring extra Skywarp! Check out below a full sparkling preview, and let us know if you're reading the series what you think of it so far.

G.I. JOE #4
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
Outnumbered and outgunned, the G.I. Joe field team hits the road with a captive and ranting Crystal Ball, but the Dreadnoks are hot on their heels! Meanwhile, Lady Jaye & Gung-Ho, with their cover blown, struggle to fight their way out of Athens. And a terrifying new threat rears its head in the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe! From the explosive creative team of Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet).
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points: 
Variant cover by Ben Marra!


Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU)
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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1875157)
Posted by dragons on April 18th, 2017 @ 7:40am CDT
Go joe news on transformers site did I miss something this would usually appear on hisstank not seibertron
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1875159)
Posted by Kurona on April 18th, 2017 @ 7:42am CDT
dragons wrote:Go joe news on transformers site did I miss something this would usually appear on hisstank not seibertron

Simple - Skywarp's in it.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1875162)
Posted by Big Grim on April 18th, 2017 @ 7:57am CDT
Surely we gotta have news on "The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe" right? I mean, you see G.I. Joe stuff everywhere, right?

It's gotta be the least supported Hasbro product they have. "Crown Jewel" indeed. :HEADHURTS:

The real jewels are the 10 year running comics line. You know, the ones with an award winning comic book? No? Silly me.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1875314)
Posted by ScottyP on April 18th, 2017 @ 6:06pm CDT
dragons wrote:Go joe news on transformers site did I miss something this would usually appear on hisstank not seibertron
Because Skywarp is literally a Joe. You indeed missed the following, I suppose -

The Transformers comics are now canonically taking place in the same universe as the following Hasbro franchises: G.I. Joe, Rom, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Action Man, Jem and The Holograms (The Misfits too by association), and they've hinted strongly at Visionaries and Inhumanoids joining the party by year's end.

Oh and TF: Hearts of Steel is somehow involved too.

It's a brave new world. Some of the books are good, some are terrible, but if they can get this scheduling backlog sorted it may just ramp up into one hell of a ride.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1876330)
Posted by Heckfire on April 22nd, 2017 @ 6:46am CDT
ScottyP wrote:The Transformers comics are now canonically taking place in the same universe as the following Hasbro franchises: G.I. Joe, Rom, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Action Man, Jem and The Holograms (The Misfits too by association), and they've hinted strongly at Visionaries and Inhumanoids joining the party by year's end.


Spoilers, as of G.I.Joe #4 that last one is no longer a "by the year's end" thing. Anyone else looking forward to some hot combiner-on-kaiju action..?

..and yes, I AM aware its design is based on a Fluffy from "Pyramid of Darkness" and is even called out as "Fatal Fluffy" in the back of the book...the Fluffies were also never subterranean or building-sized in the cartoon, so I'm reasonably sure Metlar's been doing some recruiting since the 80s.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878790)
Posted by Va'al on May 2nd, 2017 @ 4:06pm CDT
Coming up this week from IDW Publishing is another instalment of the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe - GI Joe #5! Given Skywarp's more significant than usual involvement, we'll also be trying to cover this issue in review form as well, so keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com once the book is out.

[quote]G.I. JOE #5
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
MONSTERS! G.I. JOE has fought Cobra, the Dreadnoks and more, but never before have they faced a threat like this: Gigantic, heaving abominations crawling up from the depths of the Earth itself. As teams of Joes struggle to respond to the unpredictable attacks, Scarlett must decide what to do with the enemy in the team's midst. Plus, the G.I. JOE leader reveals a troubling secret to her second-in-command, Roadblock.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
New storyarc!
Variant cover by Tom Neely![/quote]













Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878797)
Posted by MagicDeath on May 2nd, 2017 @ 5:15pm CDT
Well... Skywarp is still Skywarp.
Y'know, it kinda makes sense for Skywarp to be 'fighting for freedom', seeing as that was the original Deception sentiment.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878800)
Posted by Nik Hero on May 2nd, 2017 @ 5:20pm CDT
If it is the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, why don't they use a better artist?
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878809)
Posted by ricemazter on May 2nd, 2017 @ 6:37pm CDT
Nik Hero wrote:If it is the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, why don't they use a better artist?


I don't think the art is necessarily bad. It's just cartoonish, which I think works for a book where a parrot is wearing a scuba diving helmet while a giant robot fights an aquatic Minotaur.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878813)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 2nd, 2017 @ 7:26pm CDT
ricemazter wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:If it is the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, why don't they use a better artist?


I don't think the art is necessarily bad. It's just cartoonish, which I think works for a book where a parrot is wearing a scuba diving helmet while a giant robot fights an aquatic Minotaur.
Whatever the art can be called, it does no favors for Skywarp's face. :SICK:
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878822)
Posted by Lord Manhammer '74 on May 2nd, 2017 @ 9:18pm CDT
When I first read the solicits for the issue, I was hoping for the hideous monsters from beneath the Earth to be another specific Evil That Lies Within from the Hasbro pantheon ? Although I'm glad to see king sized Fluffies.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878824)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 2nd, 2017 @ 9:28pm CDT
"Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe".

Did I miss something? :???: Does it genuinely sell better than other Hasbro-based properties? My guess is no. I'm sure I'm a bit biased, but when IDW has been publishing their TF comics/G1 universe for almost 12 years now, and had two ongoing titles for nearly 5 years each.....and GI Joe has had a spotty publication history over that same time period....

When you self-promote by referring to your book as "The Crown Jewel" of the shared universe, then you're not what you claim you are. At all.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878826)
Posted by Nexus Knight on May 2nd, 2017 @ 9:38pm CDT
So why do many doubt that GI Joe is the "Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe"?

Maybe because it's because they created a superfuel that just about everyone is going af- No, no, wait, that was Shockwave that created the Ore-13, a Transformer.

Well, maybe they had a space adventure that has expanded the univ- Crap, no. The Transformers, a highly advanced race with spacefaring capabilities have been doing that for years.

Hey, maybe they inspired the creation of advanced military tech like the M.A.S.K. ve- Halt. Nope, that was mainly in response to the multiple Transformers conflicts that took place on Earth.

Wait! Maybe, just maybe, they fought Cobra in a war the killed off hundreds of millions o- Dammit, that large death count (something I wouldn't even want to advertise for the "Crown Jewel" though) was a consequence of an invasion by a Transformers faction.

Maybe it has to do with the fact G.I. Joe's book have been going non-stop with multiple books ongo- Ah, blasted it all. That would be the (wait for it) Transformers. G.I. Joe's books kept getting cancelled, while Transformers have kept going on strong.

Soooo... wait, there is absolutely no good reason for IDW to label the series as such? Well, now I get it. :HEADHURTS:

Bounti76 wrote:"Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe".

Did I miss something? :???: Does it genuinely sell better than other Hasbro-based properties? My guess is no. I'm sure I'm a bit biased, but when IDW has been publishing their TF comics/G1 universe for almost 12 years now, and had two ongoing titles for nearly 5 years each.....and GI Joe has had a spotty publication history over that same time period....

When you self-promote by referring to your book as "The Crown Jewel" of the shared universe, then you're not what you claim you are. At all.


You type so much faster than me. I didn't see your comment when I began typing.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878827)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on May 2nd, 2017 @ 9:40pm CDT
I don't know why they call it that, but I guess they just do. I swear Va'al said something about it previously, but he is off for the next several days still, so yeah. YO JOE!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878862)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 3rd, 2017 @ 2:15am CDT
In a sense, G.I. Joe is the line that started every single thing. Without it, there would never have been Transformers at all:

G.I. Joe was the basis for Takara's Henshin Cyborg, which lead to Microman. Later, Microman inspired Diaclone and the two would lead to the foundation of Transformers.

I'll let you guys figure out how the rest of the lines relate to all this. :lol:
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1878902)
Posted by President-prime on May 3rd, 2017 @ 10:24am CDT
Sorry, comic books relate to art, and this art, the self proclaimed "crown jewel of the IDW Universe," is not impressive at all. Heck, it's pretty bad, in my opinion. Very kiddish, and the monster looks like it's drawn by s kid :(. Sorry
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1879037)
Posted by Ebonyleopard on May 3rd, 2017 @ 8:42pm CDT
For the "Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe: GI Joe sure doesn't get the top notch artist. No offense to the artist team, but...Well...I've seen better in many black and white Indy comics.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1879152)
Posted by Big Grim on May 4th, 2017 @ 9:18am CDT
Oof! Sorry but that art is pretty brutally bad. Not a fan.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1882230)
Posted by Tigertrack on May 17th, 2017 @ 4:34am CDT

GI JOE #5 Review



Previous:
Seeming sorcerer supreme Crystal Ball and the always destructive Dreadnoks have been causing trouble. The Joe team has been infiltrating different cults and anarchic organizations investigating how the growing world anarchy events tie together, and if they involve dire wraiths, Rom, Cybertronians, or *GASP* the rise of Cobra again. Now the Joe team has taken Crystal Ball prisoner, but only after he seems to have magically unleashed some nasty creatures from under the Earth.

This Issue:
The Joe team, which also consists of Decepticon Seeker Skywarp, attempts to learn more about the monsters and to drive them back to where they came from before they can do some serious damage. Skywarp, luckily, is about the size of these menaces, so he’s getting more front line action. Rock ’N Roll’s guilt becomes the focus for Crystal Ball, Doc faces her heritage, and Scarlett shares a big secret with Roadblock, who shares it with someone else…

Brought to you by these hard working creative types:


The Art:
As you’ve probably noticed if you own the issue, or have taken a look at the preview, the art takes center stage here, with artist Aaron Conley along with colorist Lovern Kindzierski taking over the duties for the issue over regular Giannis Milonogiannis. Milonogiannis' style has been something for a reader to get used to, as it’s pretty different than what has been done in the past -much more stylized, but still fairly realistic.

With Conley in, we get something even more stylized, and perhaps maybe even more jolting to Joe readers. Conley’s style seems to be inspired by Christopher McCullough’s animated show, ‘The Venture Brothers’. This style may feel more jarring to some, others may welcome the change, or the reference to the show’s style. It seems very stylized and un-realistic, but GI JOE has become much less realistic and much more SCI FI as of late as it intertwines with the HASBROverse’s aliens, robots, and other properties. It’s also only a one off mission, so Giannis will be returning next issue, although Conley will still continue to do covers and other IDW series.


Didn't know Brock Sampson was on GI JOE too, did ya'?


And it's Roadblock's birthday. Time for cake!
Yay!



My take (GI JOE fan):
There’s a lot for a GI JOE fan to like. It’s nice to see some underutilized characters appearing, like Stretcher, and to see that the book’s cast will not only be the small group that we were initially introduced to. The addition of Skywarp, and the push towards much heavier sci-finess may be too much at the moment, especially with the art, but this new Joe mag is still trying to figure out where it fits within the HASBROverse -as its Crown Jewel.

There’s some heavy humanity as Doc wrestles with her and her dad’s alien history, some downright creepiness with Crystal Ball’s sorcery and interactions with Rock N’ Roll, and moral and humane lines involving prisoners. These are balanced off with some silliness as the good guys' banter- which even Skywarp seems to be learning to enjoy. With the giant inner-Earth creatures being the more violent form of Sunbow’s old favorite Fatal Fluffies (albeit much bigger), it’s overall a fun issue. The art to me betrays some of the serious feelings incumbent in the issue. Is it what Joe fans really like? I’ll have to ask some… but this Joe fan is mostly tolerating it, albeit willing to continue to give it a chance.


In the show, cute turned into...


...RWOARRRRR!!!!!!!

My take (Transformers fan):
If I were a big Skywarp fan, I know I would have to tune in much more to this book. This issue contains probably the most we’ve seen of the bot in a long time. He’s almost fully operational, but does not currently seem to be able to teleport. His addition to this team as the only Transformer, and one pushed into being an ally mostly against his will, seems awkward for him-true to his previous character. You can tell he’s not a fan of humans - still bearing the same smugness and holier-than-thou attitude toward the ‘insects’- but he seems like he ’s beginning to feel somewhat better about his predicament- less of a prisoner.

He seems to have some grudging respect for a few members of the team, and plays nicely with most of the rest. He also seems like he’d like to jet (pun intended) at the first opportunity - or does he? At this point, he does not seem to do much reflection on the past, or his relationships with the Decepticons and seems almost content in his new role.


You can tell, Skywarp does really like them. They're still alive.

One wonders if more interaction with the other Cybertronians is in his future (how can it not be?)… will he at some point have to confront Thundercracker? Will he be willing to escape if given the opportunity? Where would he turn if he did — Starscream and Cybertron?





Final:
I cringe somewhat when asked to do GI JOE-related reviews. I feel like I represent a fandom that I do not know that well anymore. I’m such a Sunbow cartoon GI JOE fan first, and that’s where most of my love for the franchise came from. I apologize if I ever misrepresent any GI JOE group. Like Transformers fans, Joe fans have their passionate and yet different kinds of fan cliques.


The right of might...wow!

I hope Joe fans are giving this comic a try. I’m fairly certain it won’t be a ‘purist’s’ (GI Joe geewunner) first choice, but it may provide enough so far to garner some interest and possible support to see in what direction it’s headed. The spread of Joe throughout the different HASBROverse books is new, and maybe exciting, with Zartan and Cobra showing up in MASK, Joes in Optimus Prime and Rom, and Revolutionaries playing around the edges of Transformers, Joe and Adventure Team history; it seems to be a fun time to be a fan of several franchises.

And, like I said above, if you’re a Skywarp fan, it looks like it’s time to start paying attention…




...they can't keep you in this comic as the only Transformer forever!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe - Preview for GI Joe #4 (#TCJHU) (1882476)
Posted by Ebonyleopard on May 17th, 2017 @ 9:04pm CDT
I'm sorry. I want to take GI Joe series, I really looking forward to it, but this is ridiculous. I know the artist are working hard on this, I truly do. Illustrating comics myself I know how much time goes into every single page. BUT, this work is not "Crown Jewel" Worthy. And until they take that moniker seriously with some serious looking art, I just can't buy this. How can they get ROM so right and JOE so wrong?

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