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G.I. Joe is an upcoming comic book series set to be published on September 2019 by IDW Publishing, being written by Paul Allor and drawn by Chris Evenhuis. Based upon the G.I. Joe franchise by Donald Levine and Hasbro, the comic book will be a reboot of the previous comic book series that used to take place in the IDW-Hasbro Universe.

Development

The new G.I. Joe series was announced on June 2019, with writer Paul Allor and artist Chris Evenhuis as the creative team. Allor stated the 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".[1]

Premise

The story follows G.I. Joe, an insurgent movement lead by Duke and Scarlett, fighting against the totalitarian regime of Cobra. However, the Joes' current status as fugitives (because of Cobra's propaganda) makes it difficult to succeed.[2]

Plot

"Life During Wartime" (#1)

The United States of America have been at war with Cobra, a terrorist organisation who launched a coup d'état against the country. To combat this threat, a clandestine group known as G.I. Joe was established. Meanwhile, Rithy "Tiger" Khay is a contraband smuggler who tries to support his legitimate delivery business. He is desperate for his life to change after his Cambodian parents were massacred in Indianapolis, and his boyfriend disappeared. One day, Tiger witnesses the murder of Duke at the hands of Major Bludd. Tiger finds Duke's USB flash drive inside a dumpster, but Scarlett takes it back, insisting that Tiger let it go. Refusing to do so, Tiger then drops a molotov cocktail at a Cobra building, unaware he almost sabotaged a mission, leading him to being forcefully taken to G.I. Joe's secret headquarters. Despite most of the Joes' opposition, Scarlett offers Tiger a place in their team. General Hawk then announced they were forced to surrender against Cobra.

"The Beginner's Guide to Surrender" (#2)

Tiger attempts to adapt himself as part of G.I. Joe, but Scarlett is driven by grief over Duke's death, causing her to become more aggressive to Tiger during the training sessions. Duke's corpse is analyzed by Doctor Mindbender, who criticizes Major Bludd for shooting him in the head. As a last resort, Hawk decides to secretly make a deal with Destro to win the war.

"Breakfast in America" (#3)

On Millville, Missouri, Roadbloack leads a mission to carry explosives against one of Cobra's headquarters. After an altercation with Lightfoot, the team manage to blow up the main bridge to prevent COBRA from trafficking more weapons, but it also alerts Baroness to report to the COBRA Commander about the situation.

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