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G.I. Joe: Roots of Retaliation Trade
Published on Monday, June 4, 2012 by

As Magic Mike trailers are showing more Channing Tatem than G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the postponed military movie is still leaving behind a wake of scheduled release merchandise. G. I. Joe: Roots of Retaliation is a collection of Marvel G.I. Joe comics which were reportedly the basis of the upcoming, yet postponed, movie by Jon Chu.
Now, Amazon is revealing what’s inside the book. The cover is now different as well, last time it was Roadblock who was on the front cover but this new cover features General Joe Colton, switching Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson for Expendables 2 star Bruce Willis.  The release date has also been pushed back from June 27th to July 10th which is not as drastic as the 9 month movie hiatus.  The upcoming Roots of Retaliation trade is not a completely new piece.

IDW has already released a four issue miniseries exploring Roadblock, played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, working toward becoming his own kind of ninja to attack Cobra along side of Snake Eyes. That was a disappointing short run setting up the movie which did not respond well to test screenings. While fans await “reshoots” and “editing” they can enjoy the selected Marvel reprints.

The first Expendables movie only received one four part miniseries. The recent A-Team movie had two four issue miniseries. It may still be possible that IDW can crank out another miniseries for Retaliation, however, Roots of Retaliation trade is not a new character exploration.

Roots of Retaliation Chapters:

  • G. I. Joe #21 – “Silent Interlude”
    This is a seminal issue from the Marvel comics run. This issue features of course Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Commander and Scarlet.
  • G. I. Joe #22 – “Like Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust…”
    Funerals for Quinn and Gen. Flagg which is most likely important to the movie because this is the issue that introduces both Roadblock and Flint.
  • G. I. Joe #32 – “The Mountain”
    Firefly and Zartan
  • G. I. Joe #37 – “Twin Brothers”
    Flint proves that he has skills.
  • G. I. Joe #86 – “…Not Fade Away”

These stories do not work together to make a cohesive story arc. Instead they seem to be collected as character studies of prominent film characters. Crass internet judgement is disparaging this as a wallet hungry excuse to sell reprints again. Given that all of these comics are available in trade paper back, and that most are available in “best of…” collections as well, that is a valid point. However, for my geeky monopoly money, my two cents judges this to be encouraging. Given that someone involved with the movie can tie it to specific Marvel characters shows some thought of the past when putting together this movie.

This may not be the most fulfilling geek dollar usage, but it is a fun afternoon read. It is also a nice piece of combined memorabilia for the Joe collection. The interiors seem to be all Marvel wrapped in Retaliation front cover.  The page count indicates no room for supplemental material. Movie shots and file cards would have been nice and harkened back to the Joe: Annuals nicely, but do not seem to be the case in this re-branded reprint.

Book Description
The stories that inspired G.I. JOE RETALIATION! This summer’s hottest action movie draws its inspiration from the comic that thrilled a generation! Reprinted here are the famed “Silent Interlude,” plus the first appearances of Roadblock, Duke, Flint, Lady Jaye, and the original JOE himself – Joe Colton!

Larry Hama, Steve Leialoha, Marshall Rogers, Frank Springer, Mike Vosberg

Product Details

  • New Publication Date: July 10, 2012
  • Series: G. I. Joe (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772720
One Response
    • Amazon already has this trade marked down to 8 bucks. If the price dips more then I’ll order it post haste. Cheap is always good even for a repackaged reprint. I’m frugal that way.

      I wonder if the price dip is just Amazon business as usual or if it is related to the movie being postponed?

      Somehow I doubt Magic Mike is going to have a prequel comic. 

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