This was a cool cover to do and has a little story behind it. John Barber the IDW editor working on Hasbro properties emailed me to see if I'd be at NYCC. At first I didn't think so. But a few weeks later, I let him know I was going. He then asked if I'd be able to do a NYCC exclusive cover for GI JOE #1. So if nothing else, I'm glad I was able to make it to the show as it allowed me a chance at this cover.
This issue, does have Scarlett as a main character, but I was allowed a lot of free reign on the cover. It just needed to spotlight her. So I wanted to use a cover layout I had liked and proposed years ago. I think this was one of the suggestions for GI Joe #12 in Volume 1 of the IDW series. I liked the layout, and that story actually had Scarlett in the tunnels underneath the PIT at the time.
It's a bit out of context for the sake of this issue, but we thought NYC sewers are pretty renowned (TMNT) and it worked well enough for a Scarlett centric cover. For me, I just like being able to use an old idea and see it come to fruition finally.
GIJOE #1 NYCC Exclusive cover - 694
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