Gary Viola

G.I. Gary Classic Toy Review- 1987 Raptor, the Cobra that’s always in Halloween Costume!

1987 is a love it or leave it year for G.I. Joe. Many fans feel it left behind the military aspect for fantasy. One of the examples commonly pointed to is the Cobra character Raptor. Being that it’s Halloween, and this guy is in a bird costume, perfect time for a review! As a figure, Raptor comes Read More

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G.I. Gary Classic Toy Review: Transformers G1 Starscream and the Seekers

In 1984, Hasbro’s “The Transformers” launched, with not only a toyline, but TV show and comic books provided by Sunbow  and Marvel. Among the initial release were three transforming robots that turned into F15 fighting jets, Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker. Using the molds from Japanese company Takara’s Diaclone line, these three are the definition of “repaints.” Read More

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G.I. Gary Shows You How: Properly Change a G.I. Joe O-Ring

If you’ve ever had the 1980s G.I. Joe figures, you’ve had an O-ring break. With the basic design established in 1982, the O-ring design lasted until 2006 in retail, making this a very common issue. With these figures as old as 35 years, the rubber deterioriates and eventually needs to be replaced. Follow along as Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews: Sons of Yellowstone Issues 1 and 2

From Helios Comics (formerly of Headshrinkers Press) Sons of Yellowstone #1 & #2 Writer: Jeff Nelson Art: Peter Cacho Letters: Nichi Scribbles Colors: Matt James While roaming the aisles of Terrificon with Mr. Ganache, we came across the Helios Comics table and John talked to them a little bit for the podcast. After the interview, Read More

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G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week – 8/31/17 *Spoilers*

Before I go into this review I want to remind readers that IDW is publishing two continuities of G.I. Joe.  There is “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” still written by Larry Hama and that is still in its own original universe. This book that I’m about to review, has no connections to it. “G.I. Joe” Read More

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G.I. Gary Reviews:”The Hard Place” #1

“The Hard Place” Issue #1 Doug Wagner: Story Nic Rummel: Art & Cover B Charlie Kirchoff: Colors Frank Cvetkovic: Letters Brian Stelfreeze: Covers A & C “Image Comics presents A 12-Gauge Production:” and with that line on the interior front cover, you know what follows will be cinematic to some degree. And the plot lives Read More

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G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week – 8/17/17

Image Comics “Curse Words” #7 Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Ryan Browne Imagine a world where a singular wizard leaves his dimension and enters ours.  Upon familiarizing himself with his new surroundings, he identifies more towards his new neighbors and rejects his former position.  Now imagine that the ruler of his dimension just got PISSED and Read More

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Gasolina #1 – G.I. Gary’s Advance Comic Review!

Skybound and Image comics “Gasolina” #1 “Bienvenido” Written by Sean Mackiewicz (Co Creator), art by Niko Walter, (Co Creator), and colors by Mat Lopes Last week I managed to score an ashcan copy of the first issue of Gasolina, an advance release!  Gasolina will premiere on September 20th, so as Pint O’ Comic’s first, I’ll be able Read More

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G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week – 8/4/17

Titan Comics “Robotech” #1 Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Marco Turini I had two reasons why I picked up this book.  Number one is that it’s “Robotech,” a favorite cartoon from my childhood and college.  But the second reason is Brian Wood.  I really enjoyed his Vertigo series “DMZ,” and Dark Horse’s “The Massive,” so when Read More

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G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week 7/28/17

“The Punisher” #14 Writer :Becky Cloonan Artist: Matt Horace This series is a recent pick up for me.  I was looking for a Marvel series that I hadn’t considered and on a whim a couple months ago picked up a couple issues and Becky’s writing has me hooked. Her Punisher stories reminds me of the days Read More

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