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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

IDW PUBLISHING ROUNDUP

IDW Publishing has provided details and imagery from three upcoming projects.

* As part of the relaunch of its G.I. Joe line, G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1 will arrive in stores March 20. The ongoing series is written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Paul Gulacy.

The book chronicles the G.I. Joe team members still operating undercover in the wake of many of their identities being exposed to the public. The first arc first arc shows how the evil Baroness ends up high and dry in the eponymous G.I. Joe book.

Here's how the series is described:

"As the raven-haired saboteur extraordinaire martials her forces and attempts to find her way back into the fold of multi-national terror organization Cobra, Scarlett must put together an elite team to covertly de-fang the storied villainess! Calling on the best covert operators the G.I. Joe team has to offer, readers will be treated to adventures starring beloved characters like Beach Head, Mainframe, Tripwire, Hard Drive, Ice Berg and Stalker."

"Special Missions was always my favorite of all the original, classic G.I. Joe comics," Dixon said. "Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe did an amazing comic as well as monthly tutorials on comic book storytelling. I'm knocked out to get a shot at this title and having Paul Gulacy work with me is one of those too-good-to-be-true scenarios!"

The first issue will feature a cover by Brandon Peterson, a wraparound cover by Jamal Igle, and a special Untold Tales of G.I. Joe cover by Jim Rugg.

* Launching in April, The Colonized is a four-issue series by writer Chris Ryall and artist Drew Moss, with covers by Dave Sim. It explores the arrival of these strangely interwoven threats in a secluded separatist town in Montana.

Here's how the book is described:

"In the Carbon Falls Collective, Huxley Robertson is dealing with the passing of his father and pushing against old guard objections as he attempts to push the separatist camp into becoming a fully sustainable green town. As if circumstances weren't volatile enough, a craft full of alien explorers inadvertently re-animates the town's dead! Throw a rogue ATF agent into the mix, on the hunt for the town's weapons cache, and let's just say this is a bad time for the otherwise sleepy Carbon Falls Collective to be cut off from the outside world."

"Exploring the idea of ultimate outsiders like aliens landing in a separatist community and then having both besieged by zombies sounded like ripe territory for commentary-free chaos and some thrilling Drew Moss artwork," said Ryall, IDW's chief creative officer/editor-in-chief. "But then when Dave Sim miraculously signed on to do covers, it made it all coalesce into something even bigger and better."

In addition to Sim's covers, each issue will also offer special subscription-only variants from artists John Byrne, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zach Howard and an artist to be named.

* IDW has revealed covers to January's first issue of Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, a prequel series to the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness movie.

Written by Mike Johnson with a story by Roberto Orci and art by David Messina, this 4-issue mini-series will bridge the gap from 2009's Star Trek and May's sequel.

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