The special forces from "G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero" have historically held fast to their animated series theme song by fighting for freedom wherever there was trouble, be it in comics, on toy shelves or on television. That same fighting spirit seems to live on as IDW adapts a new generation of live-action Joes from the upcoming "G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra" to the printed page.
According to IDW, "The Rise of Cobra" comic was written with its film studio Paramount and toy home Hasbro in mind, especially with regard to its depictions of stars such as Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum and Christopher Eccleston.
The official adaptation, written by resident IDW editor Denton Tipton with art by Casey Maloney ("Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between"), is a four-issue series with a release schedule spread out over the month of July. One issue will ship each week of the month.
Since the film doesn't arrive in theatres until August 7, comic book readers have a pretty big head start on the action, meaning spoilers about the film's controversial accelerator suits and Cobra Commander's new look could be coming from both comic and film fronts.
This exclusive preview page helps shed some light on at least one of those topics, with Scarlett, Heavy Duty and Snake Eyes starring down a foe donned in their dark movie duds -- a noticeable departure from their more colorful "Real American Hero" attire.
“Every page of the upcoming series clearly reflects IDW’s commitment to bringing G.I. JOE fans the highest quality comic … and those fans will not be disappointed!” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Senior Global Publishing Manager in an official press release.
You can click on the cover images below to see larger versions of each "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" #1 cover. The first issue hits shelves during the first week of July.
What do you think Joe fans? Are you gung-ho for the new film and its comic book adaptation? Or do the differences between the source material and the movie present a heavy-duty roadblock to your sensibilities? Duke it out in the comments.