Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld has been tapped to write and illustrate a new G.I. Joe comic book series that centers around a certain silent ninja commando. Snake Eyes: Deadgame arrives early next year from IDW Publishing.
"Two words: 'bucket list,'" Liefeld said of his involvement in the series. "One more word: 'icon.' Snake Eyes is Wolverine, Deadpool and Spider-Man rolled into one amazing character for an entire generation of fans that thrilled to his adventures in comics and cartoons and hung on his every toy release!"
Snake Eyes made his debut as a part of Hasbro and Marvel Comics' G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line in the 1980s. The character has since gone on to appear in numerous comic books, cartoons and films.
Liefeld explains that the character was a childhood favorite of his, which is unsurprising, given the fact that he would go on to create a sword-wielding assassin of his very own. Granted, there is one major difference between Deadpool and Snake Eyes: Snake Eyes doesn't speak, whereas Deadpool doesn't shut up. That said, even Shazam! star Zachary Levi -- an avid Deadpool fan -- has noted the characters' similarities.
"My parents drove me all over the county to get me G.I. Joe action figures as a kid," Liefeld shared. "These were my first and most favorite toys. Working with Hasbro and all my friends at IDW has been a blast so far. I can’t wait to get this work out into the public! If you enjoyed my recent Marvel work, this will match or exceed it!"
Of course, Liefeld his referring to the recently-concluded Major X, his first Marvel comic book in some time.
"The high-octane, adrenaline-fueled action and adventure Rob brings to every comic his creates is a perfect fit for Snake Eyes, and we're all as excited as you are to see him really cut loose on the pages of this very special G.I. Joe series," said IDW president Chris Ryall.
Written and Illustrated by Rob Liefeld, Snake Eyes: Deadgame launches in early 2020 from IDW Publishing. A specific release date has yet to be announced.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)