‘World War Z’ Author Max Brooks To Pen ‘G.I. Joe’ Comic… But Will There Be Zombies?

Next month’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” movie premier may have some fans awaiting with cautious optimism given its deviations from its source material, but there’s one development in Joe canon that should have “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” fans interested — a new comic book series penned by Max Brooks.

IDW has announced that former “Saturday Night Live” scribe and author of zombie survival tome “World War Z” is writing an upcoming five-issue “G.I. Joe” miniseries due out next year.

“Both Chris Ryall (IDW Editor-in-chief) and I read ’World War Z’ and we knew we had to try to get Max to write something for us. What we didn’t know is that Max is a huge ’G.I. Joe’ fan and had expressed interest in writhing ’G.I. Joe’ to (’COBRA’ writer) Christos Gage,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s ’G.I. Joe’ editor. “Synchronicity ensued and ’G.I. Joe’ has never looked or read so well! We’re very pleased to add Max’s vision to the ’G.I. Joe’ canon.”

Brooks isn’t quite a first-timer in the comics game, the Emmy Awarding-winning writer’s zombie survival manual sees a comics adaptation through Random House with “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” this October. This miniseries does mark his first partnership with a major comics publisher to write a complete miniseries based on an established franchise, however.

“I’m thrilled to be working on an icon of my youth, and after this, my next project will be Different Strokes 2.5,” said Brooks in a press release. We’re pretty sure at least one part of that statement was a joke, the only question is, which one?

What do you think Joe fans? Excited to see Brooks fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble? Get your opine on in the comments.