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Postby jamarmiller » 24 Jul 2009 13:56


Here is the GI JOE COMIC Promo Poster that was made available for comic shops to display, its the cover of issue one with some extra pretty cool writting on top.

Here is another version of the above poster ... ter2.shtml

So with-out further ado here are the reviews for the GI JOE Extreme VOLUME ONE comic (with pictures!) done by the fans, with some slight changes by me, the original link can be found here at this site ... reme0.html --- but there is no pictures its just text. So Scans of actual pages of the actual comics will only be here on this site.

VOLUME 1 Issues #2 #3 #4, I will be adding/doing shortly as straightedges reviews has been lost

But I will put all of them here in this thread for easy viewing

G.I.JOE by Dark Horse
Dark Horse Comics Vol. 1 Issue #1, December 1995
The Hour of the Iron Klaw
Writer: Mike W. Barr
Penciller: Tatsuya Ishida
Inkers: Scott Reed and Tatsuya Ishida
Cover Artist: Frank Miller

------- The Hour of the Iron Klaw begins! In a darkened room, Iron Klaw and his SKAR TROOPERS interrogate a Professor Reyland for his Ferti-gel formula. Outside, a group of soldiers has taken down the guards patrolling the sewers outside. One of the soldiers, Black Dragon, remarks that it took a whole five seconds. Their superior, Lt. Stone, questions Freight, the explosives expert, about the charges. Freight replies that they’re “cooking” and in seconds, an explosion breaks down the wall between Iron Klaw and...

G.I.Joe! The full team, including Stone, Freight, Black Dragon, plus Sgt. Savage, May Day, Metalhead, Har.poo.n and Quick Stryke, make their presence known.
Iron Klaw immediately takes the Professor and flees the scene, leaving, as Har.po.o.n notices, “only about a hundred” skull-masked troops to deal with the Joes. Stone orders Savage and Freight to help with the cannon fodder while he worries about Iron Klaw. Freight shoulder checks a troop so hard, it cracks the wall behind him. Black Dragon gives May Day the first shot, gentlemanly as can be, but May Day refuses, saying she’s no lady.

Out in the sewers, Iron Klaw is taking Professor Reyland to his craft. But two new Joes have entered the picture, and tossed a gas grenade at the baddie. Disoriented, Iron Klaw cannot stop Short-Fuse ( no connection to Short Fuze from the original GI JOE TEAM ) from snatching the Professor away, and meeting up with Tall Sally, to keep Iron Klaw away. Iron Klaw pulls a gun and takes aim, but the gun is blown from his hand by a shot he calls, Impossible”! The marksman extraordinaire, Ballistic, remarks that it’s “Not impossible, Iron Klaw - Not even real hard!” Iron Klaw slips away as the other Joes arrive on the scene.

Professor Reyland thanks the Joes for saving him, but Lt. Stone gives the credit to Metalhead, the electronics expert, for the microtransmitter he placed in the Professor’s glasses. Stone then congratulates Short Fuse and Tall Sally for their work, and welcomes the new recruits to the team. Sally finds herself in Metalhead’s arms as he comments that they’ve all earned some R&R. But Stone reminds them they have a debriefing first.

Back at the G.I.Joe base, the Joes’ Commander-In-Chief, Mr. Clancy, commends the Joes for their efforts, and tells them they’ll be staying in Europe for a while. Professor Reyland will publicly unveil the Ferti-gel at an Inter-alliance conference in Kalistan, where the Joes have been for some time, it seems. The Joes are to keep the Professor safe, when Iron Klaw surely strikes again. Clancy reveals that he’s chased the leader of the SKAR organization since the 1970’s, and that Iron Klaw is obviously being groomed as SKAR’s next leader. Clancy wants him out of action, and all of SKAR with him! Black Dragon inquires to Clancy’s age, but the man in black shuts him down. When Harp.o.on questions how security will be handled, Clancy introduces the ruler of Kalistan, and InterAlliance member Count Alaric VonRani. VonRani is a suave ofo’, and immediately makes with the gentlemanly greetings with MayDay. Sally warns her fellow female Joe about smooth European men, but MayDay hasn’t been effected. Her idea of “close and personal” is a one-on-one battle with Iron Klaw. Clancy reminds the Joes that stopping SKAR is the reason the organization was created. The Joes promise not to let him down!

At SKAR’s secret headquarters, Iron Klaw apologizes to the SKAR leader, the Dutchess of Mklavia. She shrugs off the failure as attonable, and reminds Iron Klaw how he rose to become the best of her students, by “destroying” the competition. Her plans are to gain control over her homeland, as was her royal birthright before European politics shifted to Democracy, and public rule. Iron Klaw pledges they will see her dreams come true!

Back at GIJOE headquarter, MayDay’s practicing on the shooting range. Ballistic tries to give her some pointers, but she tosses him across the room, and storms out. MayDay’s just not that type of girl. Har.poo.n remarks that Ballistic is as much “a fish out of water” with MayDay as Har.poo.n is on land. In his quarters, Short Fuse is talking with his wife over a video-phone. She tells him, “The baby moved again Benson”, to which Short Fuse admits he “can’t wait to get home!” Stone steps in and calls Short Fuse out for the, mission.

At VonRani’s formal reception, Sally is thrilled to be in such regal company, looking so pretty and important. MayDay, as usual, is not happy with the situation. Stone wonders what’s taking the Count so long, but Clancy assures him they‘re just waiting for the honor guard to announce him. Outside, Iron Klaw and his troops take out the honor guard, and take their places. Clancy calls Metalhead and tells him to bring the Count in. But Stone sees the boots on the honor guard aren’t regulation, and makes a mad dash to Count VonRani. Still in disguise, Iron Klaw snatches up the Count, and steals away during the firefight.

Sgt. Savage is caught off-guard by the unexpected battle, but Ballistic, ever the boy scout, hands him a pistol. Alone with the Count, Iron Klaw reveals his true form, and aims his gun at the Count’s head !
Back at the reception, Freight effortlessly hurls two SKAR troops above his head, slamming them together. The Joes are successful, and the SKAR forces are forced to retreat. They duck into the same alcove that Iron Klaw took the Count. Inside, they find an already dead VonRani with a bomb strapped to his chest. The bomb explodes, incinerating the remaining SKAR troops. When the Joes arrive, they find a more-or-less unscathed VonRani calling for a rescue. The Joes pull him up, happy to have him alive. But in the shadows, the steel mask of the Iron Klaw is still visible under the guise of the Count!

Commentary: Hasbro really took the time to develope some really interesting characters and the comic starts to really make use of the characters Hasbro’s worked up for them. Between Ballistic, MayDay, and Mike Richardson’s original characters Tall Sally and Short Fuse, we got a lot of characterization, and promise of a story to come. Immediately, we see the motivations of the bad guys, and a lot of back story being hinted at.

Iron Klaw and VonRani were planned from the beginning to be the same person, but while the cartoon used that mystery as the main point of contention in the first season, the comic goes back to the root of that correlation, letting us see that Iron Klaw actually *killed* the real VonRani and took his place right under the Joes’ noses. This is the first step in Iron Klaw’s break from the Duchess, which concludes in Issue #3, when he claims SKAR for himself. This is really the story at hand in the miniseries. This is the story of how the status quo we will see in the regular series came to be.

The cover by Frank Miller is still incredible to this day! This issue shipped with a four cover variant. One had the title of the book in Red, another in White, a third in Blue, and a final cover with the famous RAH Red, White, and Blue, tailstripe pattern. The art is not that bad in these issues infact its pretty good I like the art much better than the second miniseries of Extreme. Very little of the Skyreens are shown in this series , which is a great idea I hated those things and I think that is one of the things that hurt the cartoon series. In the comic we have the Skar Troopers as the main enemy and In my opinion human enimies are always preferable to ROBOT enimies. In the second season of the cartoon of extreme they drop the Skyreens like a rock thankfully for very cool black and red Beret soldiers that resemble Iron Claw instead

Here is the pencils for the above 2 page spread

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Postby Double-Tap » 24 Jul 2009 16:31

i love the frank miller cover, never picked this up when it was originally released tho.

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