It's lately been the butt of Robot Chicken
lampoons, but the jingoistic wargasm of G.I. Joe
is mounting a comeback of sorts.
Starting Friday, AdultSwim.com will air cartoon action film G.I. Joe: Resolute
, chopped up into 11 bite-size webisodes
Written by comics superstar (and Wired U.K. columnist
) Warren Ellis and directed by Joaquim dos Santos
(Justice League Unlimited
, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
, G.I. Joe: Resolute
is ditching futuristic tech like lasers in favor of more realistic action featuring knives, bullets and rocket-propelled grenades. Whatever. It makes the original series
, which itself is mostly riddled with the fumes of nostalgia, look as bad as it really was.
The 60-minute G.I. Joe: Resolute
story will air in its entirety April 25 on Adult Swim proper. Can't wait that long? Head to Canada. As with Marvel's compelling animated series Wolverine and the X-Men
and Spectacular Spider-Man
, our friendly neighbors to the north can watch G.I. Joe: Resolute
on Teletoon a day early, according to the network's communications supervisor, Kate Dickson.
Which means that, by the time it hits Adult Swim, G.I. Joe: Resolute
will almost certainly be available on torrent-tracking sites like Mininova. Does Uncle Sam hate the internet? We'll find out.
G.I. Joe: Resolute
will prime the pump for the forthcoming live-action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
, which arrives in August, a few years too late to ride the wave of American nationalism that nearly drowned the United States before President Barack Obama moved into the White House in January.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's riotous war-porn puppetry in Team America
rode that wave for all it was worth, and only walked away with about $50 million. Can Cobra
pull in more? Lock and load.