Nearly two years after canceling Scarlett's Strike Force before final order cutoff for its first issue in apparent capitulation to an organized campaign against writer Aubrey Sitterson after prohibiting Sitterson from even promoting the comic, IDW is trying again with a new G.I. Joe series by Paul Allor and Chris Evenhuis. The press release is written from the perspective of Cobra, but from it we are able to glean that the series will simply be called G.I. Joe and that it will be set in a world where Cobra is in charge and the Joes, particularly Duke and Scarlett, are fugitives. The new series, or mini-series, or one-shot, or whatever it is, launches in September.
Presumably, Larry Hama's GI Joe: A Real American Hero will continue alongside this (and forever) lest we be forced to form an insurgency of our own. Yo Joe!
Check out the press release and cover below:
IDW Insurgents Print New G.I. Joe Comic Book in Defiance of Cobra's Absolute Control
In the Wake of Cobra's Total Victory, G.I. Joe Malcontents Recruit Citizens as Spies to Sow Chaos
SAN DIEGO, CA (June 17, 2019) – Loyal citizens of Cobra, take heed: our glorious Commander has warned that IDW Publishing, the outlawed propagandist organization, will launch a new campaign of disinformation in September, peddling a wave of new anarchist pamphlets simply entitled G.I. Joe!
Inspired by fugitives including Conrad S. Hauser (Code Name: DUKE) and Shana M. O'Hara (Code Name: SCARLETT), the insurrectionist duo of writer Paul Allor and artist Chris Evenhuis seek to poison the hearts and souls of our populace – brainwashing individuals into committing acts of espionage and sabotage.
Make no mistake: There will be dire consequences for the weak-minded fools who fall under G.I. Joe's sway and disobey the Cobra World Order!
Our vigilant Tele-Vipers have intercepted two communications from the revolutionary named Paul Allor:
"This story is inspired both by modern warfare – where non-state actors fight vastly overpowered militaries to a perpetual standstill – and World War II, where Great Britain's SOE recruited civilians behind enemy lines."
"Old-school G.I. Joe fans will absolutely love it and find it true to everything G.I. Joe stands for, and new folks will be attracted to a deeply character-driven tale of hope and humanity, and about the power of resilience in an increasingly unraveling world."
Citizens, you are reminded: Cobra demands total loyalty and allegiance. Independent thought and personal freedoms must be sacrificed to preserve the magnificent society granted to you through Cobra's magnanimous graces.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COBRA OPERATIVES: Our intelligence officers indicate that copies of the subversive G.I. Joe comic book may be dispersed at local comic shops beginning in September. It is your duty to seek out cover variants from Chris Evenhuis, Dustin Weaver, and Eleanora Carlini, and collect these copies to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. OBEY COBRA!