G.I. Joe: Origins

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G.I. Joe: Origins is a 2009 comic series published by IDW Publishing. Originally conceived as a five-issue mini-series telling the story of G.I. Joe's first mission as a team, it subsequently became an ongoing series with rotating creative teams, featuring a mixture of both standalone character spotlight stories and tie-ins to the main ongoing series.

Many of the book's standalone stories were originally intended for release as one-shot comics, much like IDW's The Transformers: Spotlight, before being folded into Origins. One exception was Helix's issue, which was instead released as a G.I. Joe: Special one-shot.[1]

Origins was the only one of the line's three titles not to return after the Cobra Civil War relaunch, its place in the lineup being replaced by G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes.

G.I. Joe: Origins issues:

Overview[edit]

The book's opening five-issue storyline tells the tale of the very first G.I. Joe mission, before the group even adopted that name. Having gathered a team of seven capable soldiers, all officially deceased, General Hawk tasks his team with stopping a chaotic terrorist named the Chimera, a mission which sees them discover the facility which will one day become the Pit.

After the transition to an ongoing series, the book explores the backstory of a variety of G.I. Joe and Cobra characters in a series one-shot stories, along with a handful of longer stories, including a three-part origin story for Zartan which ties into the events of the main ongoing series, and a tale of the new character Mad Monk.

Creative team[edit]

The opening story is written by G.I. Joe veteran Larry Hama, with art from Tom Feister and Mike Hawthorne. Following this, the series features rotating creative teams. On the writing front, Hama returns for several issues, including a three-part sequel to the opening story, along with several stories from main series writer Chuck Dixon. Other writers include J.T. Krul, Marc Andreyko, Scott Beatty, Merrill Hagan, and David Lapham.

Collections[edit]

  • G.I. Joe: Origins Volume 1 (September 15, 2009) ISBN 1600104975 / ISBN 978-1600104978
  • Contains the prelude and issues #1-5.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Volume 2 (March 23, 2010) ISBN 1600106242 / ISBN 978-1600106248
  • Contains issues #6-10.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Volume 3 (August 17, 2010) ISBN 1600107087 / ISBN 978-1600107085
  • Contains issues #11-15.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Volume 4 (January 18, 2011) ISBN 1600108482 / ISBN 978-1600108488
  • Contains issues #16-19.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Volume 5 (September 20, 2011) ISBN 1613770472 / ISBN 978-1613770474
  • Contains issues #20-23.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus Volume 1 (June 17, 2014) ISBN 1613778678 / ISBN 978-1613778678
  • Contains issues #1-12.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.
  • G.I. Joe: Origins Omnibus Volume 2 (September 16, 2014) ISBN 1631401181 / ISBN 978-1631401183
  • Contains issues #13-23.
  • Bonus material includes a cover art gallery.

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