Remember when Marvel passed the Superhero Registration Act?
It was after the soul was robbed from the New Warriors and Dwayne Taylor was dressing in drag as part of a reality show to earn back the wealth he lost (yes, for a time he was as rich as Batman then he was flat broke thanks to a botched research project.
The New Warriors reality show resulted in an explosion that killed hundreds and ignited politicians to lobby for a Superhero Registration Act. Captain America was against it. Iron Man was in favor of the act – and we all hated him for it. That was the beginning of Marvel’s Civil War. Heroes fighting heroes fighting politics, while worrying about plain old bad guys.
Now, GI Joe is heading down a similar route. Resurrected by IDW Publishing, GI Joe #1 will be relaunched on February 13, 2013.
GI Joe will no longer be a clandestine organization. Their secret identities have been outed to the media. Yes, even Joes have secret identities. They’ll also have to deal with Cobra. Yikes.
The new series will be written by Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules) with art by Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences). Juan Doe, Steve Kurth, Arthur Adams and Jamal Igle will provide artwork on multiple covers. Ryan Dunlavey will also pencil an additional G.I. JOE “comics history” cover.