Chuck Dixon & Robert Atkins Talk G.I.Joe Part 1

by Jay Cochran
October 14, 2008
G.I.Joe returns to comic book shelves later this month with G.I.Joe #0, which previews the upcoming titles IDW will be launching in 2009. We had a chance to talk with writer Chuck Dixon and artist Robert Atkins about their upcoming singularly titled G.I.JOE book, scheduled for release in January.

Part one of this interview features our conversation with Chuck Dixon. Head over to ComicNewsi.com to check it out.



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CaptainTriumph - 2008-10-16 @ 10:04 am

Wow. I guess there has been alot of deaths....

pesatyel - 2008-10-16 @ 3:39 am
As true as it is that soldiers die regardless of skill or importance, I think that for the sake of good storytelling, people can't just randomly be done in. I like the idea that character deaths will ultimately be relevant, instead of just unecessary 'shock' gestures.

Tom

See that's where I disagree. You see it as a "shock value" move. I don't. Especially since it would be more realistic than any other style of death. As well, the story usually revolves around the "great sacrifice" of a death, and the truth is that the "random" death is something that really forces storytellers to explore characters.

I don't for one second think that is ever going to happen, but I would really like to see it.

It has. Take a look at this list:

General Flagg - Lawrence J. Flagg - #19 V1

Dr. Venom - #19 V1

Scar-Face - #19 V1

Kwinn - #19 V1

SE Family - #26 Flashback V1

Hard Master - #26 Flashback V1

Fred Broca - #32 V1

Soft Master - #43 V1

Candy Appel - #43 V1

Professor Appel - #46 V1

General Ryan - #53 V1

Admiral Dyson - #53 V1

Mangler - ? - SM #13

Serpentor ---> Resurected - #76 V1 - #22 (i think) V2

The Star Viper - SM #16

Blind Master - #91 V1

Colonel Brekhov - SM #26

Horrorshow - SM #26

Stormavik - SM #26

Schrage - SM #26

George Strawhacker - #106 V1

Breaker - Alvin R. Kibbey - #109 V1

Doc - Carl W. Greer - #109 V1

Quick Kick - MacArthur S. Ito - #109 V1

Thunder - Matt H. Breckinridge - #109 V1

Crazylegs - David O. Thomas - #109 V1

Crankcase - Elwood G. Indiana - #109 V1

Heavy Metal - Sherman R. Guderian - #109 V1

Cool Breeze - ? - #112 V1

Sneak Peak - Owen King - #113 V1

Avalanche - Ian Costello - #113 V1

Blaster - Brian R. David - #113 V1

Blocker - David B. McCarthy - #113 V1

Knockdown - Blaine M. Gonsalves - #113 V1

Maverick - Thomas P. Kiley - #113 V1

Dee-Jay - Thomas R. Rossi III - #113 V1

Cobra Commander II - #114 V1

Dr. Mindbender ---> Resurected - #114 V1

Croc Master - #114 V1

Raptor - #114 V1

Voltar - #114 V1

Captain Minh - #114 V1

Tyrone - #114 V1

Fred (Smith?Broca?) LXV and FAmily - #123-#124

Madame Umbra - #143 V1 Flashback

Darklon - #146 V1

Magda - #145 V1

White Clown - #145 V1

Metze - #151 V1

Senetor Cartwright - #13 V2

Flash - Anthony S. Gambello - #25 V2

Mainframe - Blaine L. Parker - #25 V2

Chuckles - Philip M. Provost - #25 V2

Skidmark - Cyril Colombani - #25 V2

Angle - #152 Flashback V1

Ramon Escobedo - #155 V1 Falshback

Dickie Saperstein - #155 V1 Falshback

Daemon - Jeff Lacefield - #22 V2

Seely - FL #13

Ophella Gabriel - M&A #1

Tony Cochrane - M&A #1

Jenna Cashel - M&A #1

D.J. Byrne - M&A #1

Lt. Gorky - #19 V2

Sneak Peak II - Anthony Beuke - #11 V2

Wade Collins M&A #4

Tracker-Christopher R. Groen- #37 V2

Rampart-Dwayne A. Felix - #38 V2

Glenda- Jane Mullighan- #38 V2

Hardball- Willmer S. Duggleby- #38 V2

Big Boa #38 V2

Asa Negra #38 V2

Hector Ramerez #40 V2

Scanner- Scott Sturgis - internet handle(NOIZEPOWER) #41 V2

Overlord - Mikhail Derenko -#41 V2

Dr. Mindbender - #41 V2

Reggie - #42 V2

Lady Jaye - Alison Hart-Burnett (Fairborne) - #42-43 V2

Junko Akita - M&A II #4

Sei Tin - M&A II #4

A LOT of those characters died for no reason. And that list isn't even complete (for example, Cesspool, Monkeywrench, Dr. Biggles-Jones, Overkill and Headman).

Your forgetting this is a comic book.

Tom-1 - 2008-10-16 @ 1:09 am

JAYC MAKE THESE COMICS COME OUT NOW WITH YOUR POWERS.

Tom

JayC - 2008-10-16 @ 12:37 am
I've read two previews of G.I. Joe #0 on a competing toy news site, and I think my doubts have been addressed, if they can keep the writing quality up. And the art works for me, too-- I can tell Hawk from Duke and clearly follow the story, I don't need it to look like Alex Ross or anything...

If you like 80s Marvel or run-of-the-mill Batman stories, you should like Dixon. He's consistent and competent, which is ridiculously rare in main stream comic book writers. To my knowlegde, he's never turned in anything on par with say Miller's work on Dark Knight Returns or Daredevil: Born Again, but who has these days? He's decent, and I like him.

And Duke gets plenty of exposure and sounds cool-- not much more I can ask for, really.

Newsarama who has the previews exclusivly is actually a comic book news site not a toy one

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I AM SCI-FI - 2008-10-16 @ 12:23 am
Scarlett is here as head of Intel for G.I. JOE and she and Duke have their own history. Snake Eyes is in the first arc in a way in which I dont think hes ever been portrayed. Hes more the lone wolf than ever before.

I really don't like the sound of that.

Everything else sounds fine, though.

gojira77 - 2008-10-15 @ 10:49 pm

I've read two previews of G.I. Joe #0 on a competing toy news site, and I think my doubts have been addressed, if they can keep the writing quality up. And the art works for me, too-- I can tell Hawk from Duke and clearly follow the story, I don't need it to look like Alex Ross or anything...

If you like 80s Marvel or run-of-the-mill Batman stories, you should like Dixon. He's consistent and competent, which is ridiculously rare in main stream comic book writers. To my knowlegde, he's never turned in anything on par with say Miller's work on Dark Knight Returns or Daredevil: Born Again, but who has these days? He's decent, and I like him.

And Duke gets plenty of exposure and sounds cool-- not much more I can ask for, really.

JayC - 2008-10-15 @ 5:28 pm

Part 2 with Robert Atkins is up.

(link)

Magic 8 Ball - 2008-10-15 @ 1:24 am

Chuck Dixon... well, I can save myself that money. The man hasn't written anything worth reading since...

Oh for the luvva Mike, it's Chuck 'Knightfall' Dixon! Honestly now!

Sorry to any who like him, but I have a well-entrenched opinion that he's one of the most over-rated comic writers in the business... which says quite a lot. I have tried on multiple occasions to get into the things he writes, and every time I wonder how the heck he manages to get work. Most of his stuff doesn't even show the potential to get someone hired at most publishers, let alone allow them to make a career out of it.

canprime - 2008-10-14 @ 11:03 pm
As true as it is that soldiers die regardless of skill or importance, I think that for the sake of good storytelling, people can't just randomly be done in. I like the idea that character deaths will ultimately be relevant, instead of just unecessary 'shock' gestures.

Tom

See that's where I disagree. You see it as a "shock value" move. I don't. Especially since it would be more realistic than any other style of death. As well, the story usually revolves around the "great sacrifice" of a death, and the truth is that the "random" death is something that really forces storytellers to explore characters.

I don't for one second think that is ever going to happen, but I would really like to see it.

Blackmada - 2008-10-14 @ 10:53 pm

I know I will be hearing that voice when I read any of his lines. There really needs to be something new to base his voice off of.

I think that is a problem everyone has with Cobra Commander usually. That cartoon version had such a strong personality of being a loser that it is hard to see him any other way and the voice was a part of that.

It was fun for the cartoon but he needs to be meaner and alot different from the cartoon CC we all know and love. The only sollution is if he talks more normal in the movie or Resolute so we can hear that voice instead.

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