‘Joe on Joe’ podcast is required listening for G.I. Joe fans

'Joe on Joe' podcast is great fun.
‘Joe on Joe’ podcast is great fun.

Since I got into listening to podcasts in the past year, I’ve found some real fun gems.

One of them is the “Joe on Joe” podcast.

Hosted by a fellow named Joe Slepski, he provides fun commentary to each episode of the series. He was mostly solo at the beginning, but as the series progressed he got some pretty fun guests, including IDW G.I. Joe comics writer Aubrey Sitterson and Kevin Umbricht, who was behind the hilarious Funny or Die video, Ballad of G.I. Joe.

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G.I. Joe: Revolution #1 review: Great artwork in sci-fi heavy reboot

Cover for 'G.I. Joe: Revolution' issue No. 1.
Cover for ‘G.I. Joe: Revolution’ issue No. 1.

This isn’t exactly something I’m aiming to make a habit out of, in terms of reviewing the comics, but I wanted to check out this new ‘reboot’ of the G.I. Joe comics and figured I’d share some thoughts.
I was big into the comics as a kid. They very much shaped my love for G.I. Joe and the characters. I was a big fan of the reboot a few years ago, too. The biggest standout was the Chuckles storyline.


As the comics got a little too colorful and strayed away from the grounded military thread, I drifted off from reading them. Guessing others did, too.

But IDW (and Hasbro, quite honestly) have been making quite a thing out to this ‘one universe’ concept and their Revolution storyline (the precursor to some elaborate film franchise they’re hoping for, I understand). G.I. Joe, Transformers, a few others, they all share this one universe now.

I may or may not keep reading the new Joe comics, not 100% on that yet, but I will admit the artwork had me a little intrigued. So, I grabbed the first issue.

Right off the bat, I love the artwork. This highly stylized, gritty depiction of the characters (which felt like a grittier version of the G.I. Joe Renegades characterizations) was very cool. Rock’n’Roll, an old time favorite of mine, is especially down and dirty here. Had a real Daryl from The Walking Dead vibe. Also liked Shipwreck, although he’s only in it for a few panels.

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Debating this: Do I open my KRE-O G.I. Joe Outpost Defense set.. or not

My unopened KRE-O G.I. Joe 'Outpost Defense' set.
My unopened KRE-O G.I. Joe ‘Outpost Defense’ set.

Do I or don’t I?

I’ve been a little torn on this. Picked up this KRE-O G.I. Joe set about a year ago. It’s the “Outpost Defense” set featuring Beachhead and Storm Shadow. I think it’s pretty cool, but just am not certain if I should actually open it.

We’d been looking to move back when I first bought it. Was just a chance encounter, I found it along on a shelf at a Toys’R’Us on sale for about $7, so I grabbed it. But I hadn’t wanted to open it then because I figured best to leave it boxed so it would be easier to take in the move.

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‘G.I. Joe: Strike’ is a fun bit of Snake Eyes action on your phone

'G.I. Joe: Strike' is an action game with a lot of kick.
‘G.I. Joe: Strike’ is an action game with a lot of kick.

*UPDATE* This game is apparently no longer available. That’s too bad.

I was just browsing through the app store on my Android phone when I decided to search ‘g.i. joe’.

I was a little surprised when I came across the one and only G.I. Joe game in the app store. G.I. Joe: Strike, from Backflip Studios, is a thumb-tapping action game. You take on a barrage of red-garbed ninja as they attack you from the left and right in this 2D scroller.

You need to stay on your toes, as they come at you randomly. There are regular ninjas, and bigger ones where you have to kick them several times, or right and left.

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G.I. Joes get screwed

The screws found in the back of G.I. Joe figures often vary.
The screws found in the back of G.I. Joe figures often vary.

Just wanted to share as I found it interesting. As I’ve taken apart different G.I. Joe figures from different periods of time, and some during the same series, the screwed have slight differences.

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