HASCON – Scarlett’s Strike Force Comes to the Hasbro Universe!

Today at HASCON, IDW Publishing shared details about their upcoming relaunch of their G.I. Joe comic, now titled Scarlett’s Strike Force. Via Paste Magazine, we now have additional details on the upcoming adventures of Skywarp and his teammates!

While this Joe relaunch was previously announced as G.I. Joe: Unmasked, its new title of Scarlett’s Strike Force highlights the fact that this isn’t just a Joe/M.A.S.K. team-up – Skywarp is still around, plus other Hasbro characters such as Adventure Team/Action Man baddie the Intruder will be joining the fold! And issue #1 will see them square off against the soldiers of the Army Ants toyline!
New artist Nelson Daniel is joined by returning writer Aubrey Sitterson, who gave an interview to Paste Magazine on the upcoming series:

Paste: What prompted the name change? Is there a shift in tone or mission statement with this new iteration?

Aubrey Sitterson: In the previous Joe series—by me, Giannis Milonogiannis and Lovern Kindzierski—Scarlett was the leader of a team that included not only Joes, but the Decepticon Skywarp, and in the new series, they’ll be joined by Matt Trakker of M.A.S.K. as well as another face that might be familiar to long-time fans.

So, coming out of the First Strike event, we thought it made sense for the name of the book to speak to the nature of the team. Don’t worry though—the reception to our unique take on G.I. Joe has been amazing, so there are no plans to stop giving you the bombastic, sci-fi-action-packed character drama that you deserve!

Paste: Should we expect a team shakeup or any new faces?

Sitterson: While the focus of the book will remain on the characters you know and love—including Scarlett, Roadblock, Salvo, Quick Kick and Skywarp—one of the G.I. Joe concept’s greatest strengths is its deep roster. We’ll be pulling from it, and even introducing the classic Action Man character, The Intruder, into the Hasbro Universe. Plus, our brand-new Cobra Commander has assembled an organization including Destro, Storm Shadow, Cesspool, Croc Master, Raptor and an army of new, serpentine Vipers.

Paste: What’s Nelson Daniel bringing to the table? Is he getting an opportunity to redesign any Hasbro staples or put a new spin on the Joes the way Giannis Milonogiannis did?

Sitterson: The past few years, Nelson Daniel has been one of IDW’s MVPs, with stunning runs on both Dungeons & Dragons and, most recently, Clue. Throughout, he’s displayed a flawless understanding of sequential storytelling, with stunning action sequences and pitch-perfect character acting. Now he’s getting a chance to put all of that to work in a book that, frankly, has everything. I’m talking laser guns, giant robots, kung fu, mutant ants, dinosaurs, snake-people, monster trucks and more—absolutely everything you want from an action comic.

While Nelson will be using Giannis’ designs as a starting point, expect him to reinterpret them to fit his unique style, and also give his take on other debuting characters, just as he’s already done with The Intruder and our new Vipers.

Paste: How are you continuing to stake your claim as the “Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe” in this new era? How does Scarlett’s Strike Force raise the stakes?

Sitterson: The current G.I. Joe series ends with a new Cobra Commander, and in the First Strike tie-ins, we see just how powerful this reinvigorated Cobra is. So, what are the stakes in Scarlett’s Strike Force? Absolutely everything—because that’s what Cobra wants, and Scarlett’s team is the only thing capable of stopping them. Their hunt for Cobra Commander and the fight to destroy Cobra will take them across the planet and even beyond, as they face threats that lean fully into the weird sci-fi/fantasy aspects of G.I. Joe.

G.I. Joe was The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, but we’ve made a decision to stop being so modest and start being 100% honest about what we’re doing here. Scarlett’s Strike Force isn’t just The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, it’s The Best Action Comic Ever.

Included with the interview was a selection of new artwork, including Nelson Daniel’s covers for Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 and #2 and his character designs for the Cobra Vipers and the Intruder, plus a preview of Ilias Kyriazis’s art in the G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. tie-ins to the First Strike event.


Plus, thanks to fellow Allspark reporter SoS, you can also check out video from today’s IDW Hasbro Universe panel at HASCON!


Finally, head over to the Allspark Forums’ dedicated Hasbro Universe thread to discuss the news with other fans!