Those who read my debut crime thriller Forgiving Solomon Long may remember that my detective Charlie Pasch -- a vocal reader of comics -- was a big fan of writer Larry Hama's work as writer on the comic book Batman.
However, in comics circles Hama is by far most famous for his legendary run on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero -- which Marvel Comics published for 155 issues from 1982-94.
Now, some 16 years later, Hama returns for a special issue on Free Comic Book Day (May 1). Here's the kicker: The special promotional issue is numbered #155-1/2 ... which leads to an all-new ongoing series written by Hama, but from a different publisher, IDW ... which will start the brand-new series numbering with #156.
"It's like coming home again," Hama tells USA TODAY. "It's comfortable and it's like, hey, I know these guys. I don't have to do tons of research and read tons of back issues."
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