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With a tentative release date in October 2021, Snake Eyes–G.I. Joe Origins is a reboot of the Hasbro G.I. Joe movie series (including 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation), intended to be part of a shared universe of features based on Hasbro properties including a host of familiar characters and toys, all coming to the big screen: G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, ROM: Spaceknight, and Micronauts.  Snake Eyes–G.I. Joe: Origins will star Henry Golding (The Gentlemen) as Snake Eyes, Andrew Koji (Fast & Furious 6) as Storm Shadow, Samara Weaving (Ready Or Not) as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó (The Broken Crown) as Baroness, and Iko Uwais (Wu Assassins) as Hard Master.  While we’re waiting for the next movie, a new one-shot story from IDW Publishing called G.I. Joe: Castle Fall continues with characters drawn to conjure the casting of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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Well-timed to get G.I. Joe fans psyched for the release next month of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the big screen sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, IDW Publishing teams up with Hasbro tomorrow to begin a new G.I. Joe monthly comic book series.  And we’ve got a high-res 9-page preview right here for borg.com readers.

Although this isn’t billed as a tie-in comic book series, Issue #1 begins with all the right players: G.I. Joe leader Joe Colton (who we’ll see played by Bruce Willis in the forthcoming movie), team leader Captain Duke Hauser (played in the movie series by Channing Tatum), the no-nonsense Roadblock (played in the movie by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), and a classic favorite surprise villain.   Regardless of whether or not there is overlap with the movie, writer Fred Van Lente and artist Steve Kurth give fans just what you’d hope for, a modern, something-for-everyone entry point to the world of Joe, whether or not your initial encounter with G.I. Joe was via the 12-inch Action Men in the 1960s, the Adventure Team in the 1970s, the small-sized action figures in the 1980s, or the various animated series and comic books series over the past 50 years.

GIJoe Issue 1 IDW Publishing alternate cover

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With the holidays here and several other big budget films showing trailers with holiday films, the trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation came in under the radar.  C’mon, marketing folks for Hasbro!  This trailer is great!  You should be promoting this movie more!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our speculation over Willis being cast for this film back in August.  We’re pretty happy it wasn’t just a rumor.  This trailer has a lot going for it.  Check out those aerial fight scenes!

From the cool techno-funk thumping theme to the lead role with Dwayne Johnson, who we’ve loved in every film we’ve seen since he exited the wrestling gig years ago (like Walking Tall with Johnny Knoxville (Dukes of Hazzard, Men in Black II) and Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey, Dark Angel) to Scorpion King to Get Smart with Anne Hathaway)…

…to the elimination of and rounding up of G.I. Joes by the government, to Cobra taking over the White House…

…to Bruce Willis showing up as the original G.I. Joe Joe Colton…

…to a face off between Snake Eyes and, is that the return of Storm Shadow, who seemed to have been killed off in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra?

If you had the small sized action figures or watched the animated series you’ll know those guys.

Who didn’t play with their G.I. Joes on a big G.I. Joe tank?

What more could you want?

We can’t wait for this one (as you’ll know if you read yesterday’s rundown of 2012 flicks).

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is scheduled to hit theaters on June 29, 2012.