DYING IS EASY #3 review

Dying Is Easy (IDW Publishing)

DYING IS EASY #3 review

Dying is Easy #3 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Syd Homes, having just Indiana Jones’d his way out of certain death, finds himself once again up the creek without a paddle. The Ross Brothers, suspects number one and two respectively in the death of joke stealer and general thief Carl Dixon, have just found themselves an alibi—which means Syd’s back on the Most Wanted list. Good thing he’s totally cool under pressure, because getting out of this jam may or may not involve posing as a stuntman… Well, as they say—life is short, comedy is hard, and dying is really f*cking easy!

Dying is Easy is written by Joe Hill, drawn by Martin Simmonds, coloured by Dee Cuniffe and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Review

Firstly, I have to state that I love Joe Hill’s comic book work. Locke and Key is nothing short of genius and is one of my favourite comic runs of all time. That being said, Dying is Easy is not your typical Joe Hill style of book. Dying is Easy follows Syd Homes, a disgraced former detective turned stand-up comedian, who is on the run from the police for the murder of a joke stealing comedian – a crime he didn’t commit. The Joe Hill hallmarks are there; a compelling story and interesting and layered characters, but this book is at its heart a comedy, underlined with a murder mystery plot – a contrast to Hill’s usual horror work.

The book is genuinely funny, from the first panel to the last. There is a running joke throughout the issue with the women all seeming to have an affection for Alan Rickman, a joke laid out in the first page by once character and paid off later by another. The laughs from the dialogue come thick and fast throughout the issue, a testament to Hill’s versatility as a writer. In this issue, Hill mixes the comedy with the plot to successfully move the story forward, something that the second issue lacked and suffered from.

There is a visual gag which begun in issue two and is continued here, where Syd continuously finds himself in ridiculous footwear. The first action sequence is of Syd hanging on to a speeding car wearing bright blue roller skates, which he uses to skate along the side of an oncoming speeding lorry. The chase ends and Syd is confronted by a gun wielding police man, who he speeds past and knocks over, skating away from the carnage. The visual is both ludicrous and hilarious, and Symmond’s rough, sketchy art style combined with Cunniffe’s surreal and bold colours work heighten the absurdity.

While the art and colours work well to highlight the tone of the book, the style can make it quite hard to follow visually. Once or twice I found myself lost in a sequence, and often characters can look completely different from one panel to the next. This isn’t a major fault of the art, and it could even have been done on purpose to mirror the chaos of the plot, but I found it jarring at times. That being said, there is an excellent sequence with each wide panel depicting the different levels of a building. The visual storytelling in this scene and the next are outstanding, and are a testament to the unique storytelling style that the comic book medium is capable of. And oh my, what a dazzling last page!

Verdict

This issue is a significant improvement on the previous, the plot is progressing and I’m fully on-board for the outrageous comedic ride! The questionable art choices do not take away from some really striking visuals and storytelling.


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MMPR/TMNT (BOOM! Studios)

POWER RANGERS/TMNT crossover reveal new looks!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has almost finished. The epic crossover has reached its penultimate issue.

This 5-issue run sees the Power Rangers meet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Rangers find out that Tommy has joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan. Reeling from this betrayal, the Power Rangers must somehow find a way to work with the Ninja Turtles to defeat the true villains and save the world from total destruction!

It has truly been an exciting run and a definite highlight. If you haven’t picked up the other 3 issues, I highly recommend doing so!

The official Power Rangers Instagram page revealed some incredible artwork today ready for the release of the 4th issue.

What a treat!

How cool! This issue will see the Turtles become Power Rangers… Power Turtles. Raphael will become the Red Ranger, Michelangelo will become the Yellow Ranger, Leonardo will turn into the Blue Ranger, and Donatello will become the Black Ranger. What’s more, April O’Neil will become the Pink Ranger.

I cannot wait for this issue! It is going to be fantastic! The 4th issue will be available in March. Keep your eyes peeled.

Are you excited for this new take on our favourite heroes? Let us know in the comments below! For more on this awesome series you can read up on Neil’s coverage on the Green Ranger Shredder!


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Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars (IDW Publishing)

STAR WARS ADVENTURES: THE CLONE WARS break out weekly in April 2020

With Star Wars: The Clone Wars returning for a final season in February on Disney+ it was only a matter of time before the adventures of Obi-Wan and Anakin returned to the pages of IDW Publishing’s comics.

The publisher has now announced a new miniseries to debut in April and you can get a preview, including a look at some cool new artwork, in the press release below.


IDW Publishing’s Five-Part Comic Book Event 
Shares Battle Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

SAN DIEGO, CA (January 23, 2020) – While the galaxy may be divided, fans certainly won’t be when IDW Publishing (OTCQX: IDWM) launches a new campaign in the conflict between Republic and Separatists with the all-new Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales comic book miniseries!

While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clone troopers are pinned down for the duration, swapping war stories that feature favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

Shipping weekly throughout April, the Clone Wars comic book event is written by Michael Moreci and feature a framing sequence in each issue by Star Wars Adventures mainstay Derek Charm. Similar to the popular Tales from Vader’s Castleand Return to Vader’s Castle five-week events, every issue of Clone Wars will spotlight a different artist on interiors: Arianna Florean (issue #1), Megan Levens(#2), Valentina Pinto (#3), Davide Tinto (#4), and Philip Murphy (#5).

“The Clone Wars era is probably my favorite in all of Star Wars. It has it all – big adventure, sweeping romance, Force mythology, Jedi powers, and, of course, the awesome clones,” says Moreci. “This event series is going to bring together all the best, evergreen parts of Star Wars and weave a story that longtime fans (like myself) and new, younger readers (like my own kids) will definitely love.”

“This era of Star Wars feels so expansive and open as far as storytelling possibilities, so I’m really excited to be able to spend a good amount of time in it,” says Charm. “I’m really looking forward to finally working with Michael Moreci, as well! We’ve sort of been orbiting each other in the monthly Star Wars Adventures book for a while, but this will be our first time working together. We’ve talked about some of the things he has planned for this series, and it’s going to be pretty great.”

“Ever since it was first mentioned in A New Hope, the Clone Wars have ignited the imaginations of Star Wars fans,” says Star Wars Adventures editor Denton J. Tipton. “We are honored and excited to build upon that mythos on the shoulders of giants like Genndy Tartakovsky and Dave Filoni.” 

Each issue of Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales will feature covers by Derek Charm, including spot-color retailer incentive covers. An additional Retailer Incentive variant for issue #1 will be available featuring the artwork of Michael Avon Oeming (PowersThe Mice Templar).

For information on how to acquire copies of Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates.  © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW Publishing)

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2011-) #101 review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Welcome to the new world of TMNT! After the cataclysmic events of TMNT #100, the Turtles find New York City drastically changed—new factions and enemies are on the rise, and allies are in short supply. The Turtles discover that in order to survive they will need to work together like never before!

Review

Regular GYCO readers will know that I used to review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics religiously. I’ve followed this recent run all the way back to its first issue and have stuck with it through the good times and the bad.

I stopped reviewing the series around issue #50 when I felt that is was going in narrative circles. Setting up huge events and climactic battles which would lead in to a relative period of calm and then repeat. For the next fifty issues Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done just that. Following Splinter’s time leading The Foot and circling a potential return for Shredder.

But finally, with its landmark 100th issue, the series has done something different. Writers Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell and Tom Waltz took a brave step and implemented some misdirection to pull off a huge coup. Now with both Shredder and Splinter dead, the series finds itself in issue #101 treading a new path.

A new status quo has been set and finally it’s taking us somewhere we’ve never been before with the series. There’s now five turtles thanks to the addition of Jennika (not Venus de Milo like the TV series) and the landscape of New York has forever been changed by events of the previous arc.

We’re now in a kind of post-apocalyptic version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. One where humans are outnumbered, at least in certain parts of the city. Thousands more people are having to adjust to mutant life and the prejudices that come along with it.

This first issue of the latest arc finds the series at its most politically aware, constructing walls to barricade mutants in to sections of the city where families are ripped apart based on whether they were infected by mutagen or not. It all stands are a perfect analogy for societal issues in contemporary America and praise to the writers for going head first into some tricky territory.

The titular Turtles are consequential in this story. This issue is very much about giving the audience an understanding of the new landscape of the book. There’s some small tidbits of information about how the four leads are coping with the loss of Master Spliter, spoiler alert… not well.

Raphael has the most exposure here as he’s still within the limits of the mutant city. Acting as a vigilante as only he could in this situation.

The others are now living in the countryside attempting to move on with their lives. This issue sets the groundwork for a lot of soul searching and potential character development as it makes it very clear that the deaths of the 100th issue have not, and most likely will not, be undone.

This is easily the most excited I’ve been to read a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book in a long, long time…

Verdict

Coming out of its landmark 100th issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a new creative vigour and a new outlook on life. An intriguing start to a new chapter for the Heroes in a Half Shell.

7/10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is written by Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell and Tom Waltz with art also by Campbell.


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Detective Comics #1000 (DC Comics)

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 tops 2019 comic book sales

Diamond Comic Distributors has released its annual list of the best selling comics books and graphic novels and there’s plenty of good news for many of the top publishers in the industry.

DC Comics takes the top spot in the individual sales chart as Detective Comics landmark 1000th issue becomes the top selling issue of 2019. The top ten issues is dominated by number ones with Marvel taking the lions share of spots on the chart. Here’s the top 10:

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99DC
2SPAWN #300$7.99IMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99DC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99MARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99MARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS

Over in the graphic novel top 10, it’s DC Comics who takes the crown again as Watchmen tops the chart with the most recent incarnation of its trade paperback. DC holds five of the top 10 slots with Image Comics and Dark Horse holding the rest of the chart.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99DC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99DC

Did you pick up any of the issues and TPB’s which make up these top 10’s? We’d love to hear your favourite comics from the year so let us know in the comments section below!


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Star Trek: Year Five (IDW Publishing)

IDW releases STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE #9 preview

IDW Publishing has released a new sneaky peek at the upcoming ninth issue of their Star Trek: Year Five series. After their close call with the Tholian Assembly, the crew of the Enterprise escorts Ayal back to their home planet, only to find a society teetering on the brink of catastrophe.

The issue beams down to a comic shop near you from today and here’s a look at the cover artwork. You can read the full preview here.


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Star Trek: Picard - Countdown (IDW Publishing)

STAR TREK: PICARD – COUNTDOWN (2019) #1 review

You can pickup your copy of Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #1 now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

You’ve seen the trailer… now, witness the events leading to CBS All Access’s Picard. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. The Countdown starts here!

Review

Easily the most anticipated TV event of 2020, Star Trek: Picard is getting the comic book treatment in order to catch the audience up on what’s been going on since we last saw the character.

IDW has been doing some excellent work with the Trek universe of late so I was excited to see how they would handle the legend of Jean-Luc Picard and his transition in to a more contemporary Trek world.

Over the decades Picard has been tied very closely to two major alien species within the universe. First and foremost: the Borg and secondly the Romulans. When we last saw the Captain (now Admiral) in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis he was staring down the barrel of a Romulan disaster in the form of his own clone, Shinzon (played by a young Tom Hardy).

In 2009’s Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams, we know that Romulus was destroyed and this is what sent Nero (Eric Bana) back in time and created what we now know as the Kelvin Timeline.

Where we find Picard at the beginning of this issue, Romulus is facing a similar apocalyptic event. Picard and the crew of the USS Verity are helping to evacuate populated words in the sector in order to ensure the future of the species.

There’s a handy cameo from Geordie LaForge to remind readers of The Next Generation, something which the TV series is set to steer away from. The idea of cameos from former characters is much less intrusive in the comic, it could be argued this is loosely cannon but also with only a fraction of the potential TV audience reading it doesn’t have as larger impact on the narrative.

It feels very much in the vein of how each of the Star Trek TV series would pass the baton to the next during their pilot episode. This is particularly poignant when the next scene introduces us to Lieutenant Commander Raffi Musiker. If that name sounds familiar to you that is because Raffi will appear in the TV series, played by Michelle Hurd.

When we attended the Star Trek Universe panel at NYCC earlier in the year the cast and crew kept quiet on Raffi’s relationship to Picard. But here we learn that she is his first officer on the Verity.

This level of detail, informing the reader about characters we have yet to meet in live-action, is peppered throughout the issue and is excellently done. There’s nothing heavy-handed about the storytelling which is impressive for a TV series tie-in book.

Instead Countdown is as measured as its lead character. Story beats are well planned and the caper unfolds at a very pleasing pace without reliance on legacy characters for shocking plot twists or unnecessary exposition.

Kristen Beyer and Mike Johnson brilliantly set up an intriguing story with a palpable understanding for the fact this is only a three-issue mini series. It’s not overly complex but conversely isn’t too simple to hold the readers attention.

Angel Hernandez’s artwork also perfectly toes the line between attempting to recreate actors likenesses and evoking the personality of the character through more unique visuals. There’s a strong likeness for Patrick Stewart and other characters, particularly LaForge are easily recognisable.

Scenes in space are typically murky and the ship designs will be familiar to fans of the franchise. The alien worlds glimpsed in this issue are immersive and representative of what fans of IDW’s Star Trek books will come to have expected.

Verdict

Countdown #1 is as measured as its lead character: distinguished, refined and entertaining to end.

8/10

Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #1 is written by Kirsten Beyer & Mike Johnson with art by Angel Hernandez, colours by Joana Lafuente and letters by Neil Uyetake. Cover art is by Michael Pangrazio.

Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #1 cover art by Michael Pangrazio

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IDW has revealed the cover for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 100th issue

This month will see the release of the huge 100th issue of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. It’s all been building to this moment as the Heroes in a Half-Shell has faced down Shredder, inter-dimensional war with the Krang’s and losing their own father to his work with The Foot.

The publisher has debuted this first look at the cover artwork which comes from the original TMNT creative team of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman!

A synopsis for the landmark issue reads:

Things have never been worse for the TMNT and their allies, but there’s still one desperate gambit to try if the family can come together in time. Will it be worth the cost? Over eight years of TMNT storytelling have led to this game-changing moment! There are shocking twists and developments galore that will have fans talking for months to come…including a monumental story arc conclusion that will leave you gasping for breath! Don’t miss it!

The 100th issue of TMNT hits comic book stores on December 11, 2019.


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IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing announced signing schedule, panels and exclusives for New York COMIC CON

A Rare and Exclusive Appearance by Comics Legend John Byrne, 
Locke & Key Creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, 
Care Bears Costumed Characters, and Many More 
Comic and Entertainment Icons Delight Fans at IDW Booth #1844


SAN DIEGO, CA (September 25, 2019) – Next week, IDW Publishing will continue to celebrate its 20th anniversary at New York Comic-Con with a stellar lineup of creators, panels, and convention exclusives, featuring a rare appearance by comics legend John Byrne

Other fan-favorite talents to grace IDW Booth #1844 are Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel RodríguezRagnarök and Star Wars Artist’s Edition creator Walter SimonsonWellington creators Aaron Mahnke and Delilah S. DawsonRick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons writer Jim Zub, international model and Amber Blake writer Jade Lagardère, a special appearance by the Care Bears for photo ops on Sunday at 1:00pm, and many, many more! 

Our complete list of booth guests, panels, and show exclusives can be found below. Be sure to visit Booth #1844 for IDW’s coolest Comic-Con signings and swag, including your chance to score a prize pack of convention exclusives – details below! 


BOOTH #1844 SIGNING SCHEDULE

Thursday October 3rd

1:00 – 2:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

1:00 – 2:00 Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons – Jim Zub
(*Convention exclusives available!)

2:00 – 3:00 Star Wars Adventures – Delilah S. Dawson, Chris “Doc” Wyatt, Derek Charm, Michael Moreci, Tony Fleecs 
(*Convention exclusives available!)

3:00 – 4:00 Gears of War: Hivebusters – Alan Quah

3:00 – 4:00 Transformers/Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham, Keith Dallas

4:00 – 5:00 Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodríguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)


5:00 – 6:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek: Year Five – Jackson Lanzing, Colin Kelly 

6:00 – 7:00 Road of Bones – Rich Douek, Justin Birch, Alex Cormack
(*Convention exclusives available!)

Friday October 4th

10:00 ­– 11:00 Wellington ­– Aaron Mahnke, Delilah S. Dawson
(*Get a free preview ashcan!)

11:00 – 12:00 Ragnarök, Star Wars Artist’s Edition ­– Walter Simonson
(*Convention exclusives available!)

12:00 – 1:00 Amber Blake – Jade Lagardère
(*Convention exclusives available!)

1:00 – 2:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

2:00 – 3:00 Roy G. Krenkel: Father of Heroic Fantasy –Barry Klugerman, AndrewSteven Damsits
(*Book debut!)

2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard, Andy Price, Thom Zahler, Agnes Garbowska

2:00 – 3:00 Care Bears – Nadia Shammas, Agnes Garbowska
(*Convention exclusives available!)

3:00 – 4:00 Canto – David M. Booher, Drew Zucker
(*Convention exclusives available!)

3:00 – 4:00 Beauty of Horror – Alan Robert

4:00 – 5:00 Locke & Key – Gabriel Rodríguez
(*Convention exclusives available!)

4:00 – 5:00 Transformers – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith

5:00 – 6:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

5:00 – 6:00 Ragnarök, Star Wars Artist’s Edition ­– Walter Simonson

(*Convention exclusives available!)
6:00 – 7:00 Marvel Action – Sweeney Boo (Captain Marvel), Juan Samu (Black Panther), Marcio Fiorito (Avengers)


Saturday October 5th  

10:00 – 11:00 They Called Us Enemy – Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott

11:00 – 12:00 GLOW – Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights), Tini Howard (Euthanauts)
(*Convention exclusives available!)
(*Cosmoknights Book debut!)


12:00 – 1:00 Ragnarök, Star Wars Artist’s Edition ­– Walter Simonson
(*Convention exclusives available!)

12:00 – 1:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michael Dialynas

12:00 – 1:00 Ghost Tree – Bobby Curnow, Ian Herring

1:00 – 2:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

2:00 – 3:00 Amber Blake – Jade Lagardère
(*Convention exclusives available!)

2:00 – 3:00 Crazy is the New Normal – Tom Tomorrow

3:00 – 4:00 Ragnarök, Star Wars Artist’s Edition ­– Walter Simonson
(*Convention exclusives available!)

3:00 – 4:00 John Byrne Marvel Classics Artist’s Edition – John Byrne
(*Convention exclusives available!)

4:00 ­– 5:00 Wellington ­– Aaron Mahnke, Delilah S. Dawson
(*Get a free preview ashcan!)

4:00 – 5:30 Locke & Key – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)(*Convention exclusives available!)
6:00 – 7:00 Sons of Chaos – Chris Jaymes

6:00 – 7:00 Mountainhead – John Lees, Ryan Lee, Shawn Lee
(*Convention exclusives available!)



Sunday October 6th   

11:00 – 12:00 Magic: The Gathering – Vita Ayala

11:30 – 12:30 Locke & Key – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)(*Convention exclusives available!)
1:00 – 2:00 Care Bears – Nadia Shammas
(*Convention exclusives available!)
1:00 – 2:00 Sonic the Hedgehog – Caleb Goellner

2:00 – 3:00 Star Wars Adventures – Cavan Scott, Chris Fenoglio, Tony Fleecs

2:00 – 3:00 Canto – David M. Booher, Drew Zucker
(*Convention exclusives available!)

3:00 – 4:00 DuckTales – Joe Caramagna


Don’t miss IDW’s panels, either!

IDW PANELS

IDW Publishing: Graphic Novels – An Inside Look, Thursday, 10/3/19, 2:45p.m. – 3:45p.m., Room: 1A02

Graphic Novels are breaking barriers at every turn, from exciting new licensed initiatives to long form original content. IDW Publishing is uniquely poised to explore these publishing opportunities thanks to our incredible partnerships and creator relationships. Join Justin Eisinger, IDW Editorial Director Graphic Novels & Collections, and co-author of They Called Us Enemy, for a far-ranging discussion on the many upcoming book projects IDW has in the works for audiences of all types. Special Guests to be announced. 


IDW Publishing: 20 Years & Beyond! – Friday, 10/4/19, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 1A02

Revealing behind-the-scenes secrets of your favorite IDW comics—Locke and Key, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more! Be the first to know about upcoming projects by the most exciting creators around! Ask the questions you’d only dreamed of asking to Editor-In-Chief John Barber and a host of fan-favorite writers and artists—plus some who soon will be!

Innovation in the Indie Comics Industry (featuring David Hedgecock from IDW) — Friday, 10/4/19, 7:45p.m. – 8:45p.m., Room: 1A18

The candid discussion will cover how they are partnering with top creators and artists, exploring genres and increasing diversity, securing new distribution platforms, cultivating IP, updated marketing tactics as well as exclusive news about new projects from each studio. 


IDW Publishing: Artist’s Editions & More! — Saturday, 10/5/19, 3:45p.m. – 4:45p.m., Room: 1B03

IDW’s award-winning Artist’s Edition series has spawned a cottage industry of oversized art books, but Editor Scott Dunbier will give you the lowdown on why you should accept no imitations! And, besides info on future Artist’s Editions, we’ll take a look at other beautiful art books in your future. Join Scott, along with IDW guru-in-residence Dirk Wood, plus a special guest or two, for an hour of great art, crazy anecdotes, and maybe even an announcement or two!


SyFy Presents Wynonna Earp — Saturday, 10/5/2019, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom

Ahead of the fourth season of show creator Emily Andras and cast members Melanie Scrofano, Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrell will look back at their favorite moments from the series. The Western horror series follows the title character as she returns to her hometown, Purgatory, to take on her destined role as demon protector


IDW: Kids’ Comics!, Sunday, 10/6/19, 10:45a.m. – 11:45a.m., Room: 1B03 Ever wonder what it takes to make an all-ages comic? Ever want to try your hand at making your own? What better way to learn, than from the publishers of My Little Pony, Care Bears, Goosebumps, TMNT, and so much more! Join IDW Publishing, and a bunch of special-guest kids’ comics creators for a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite comics are made! It’s sure to be a morning full of fun activities, secret surprises, and much, much more! And bonus: a free comic for every kid in attendance! 


IDW CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES

Only available for pick-up at IDW’s NYCC booth #1844 throughout the convention!

COMICS

Canto #1, Con variant
New cover by Chris Ables
$10 each, Limited to 500 copies

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1, RE-A cover
New cover featuring a Johnny Lawrence photo
$10 each, Limited to 500 copies

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1, RE-B cover
New cover featuring a Danny LaRusso photo
$10 each, Limited to 500 copies

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #266, Con variants
Toy packaging cover of Snake-Eyes, 5 different designs
$25 each, Limited to 100 copies each, per day of the convention (*Limit 5 of each design per person)
Each day, we will release 100 copies of one of the different Silent Master variants featuring the various toy packaging artwork of everyone’s favorite ninja, Snake Eyes! Come back each day to build the set!

Mountainhead #1, Con variant
New cover by Ryan Lee
$10 each, Limited to 250 copies 

Napoleon Dynamite #1, Con variant
Photo cover from the movie
$10 each, Limited to 500 copies

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons v2 #1
Blank sketch variant cover
$10 each, Limited to 600 copies at the show

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons v2 #1, Con variant
New cover that connects with corresponding book from Oni Press
$10 each, Limited to 600 copies at the show

Road of Bones #3, Con variant
New cover by Alex Cormack
$10 each, Limited to 250 copies

Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle #1, Con variant
New B&W inked art cover by Derek Charm
$10 each, Limited to 500 copies

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97, Con variant
New B&W cover by Kevin Eastman, featuring Jennika!
$20 each, Limited to 500 copies


BUNDLES

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #266 Bundle, 5 comics in 1 bundle
Various artists & Toy Packaging art

$150 each, Limited to 50 bundles
Instead of coming each day to pick up the ultra-rare Silent Master Variant comic for that day, get all 5 regular Silent Master Variant comics (featuring various Snake Eyes Toy Packaging art)! 

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #266 Bundle, 5 comics in 1 bundle + BONUS!
Various artists & Toy Packaging art

$200 each, Limited to 50 bundles
Instead of coming each day to pick up the ultra-rare Silent Master Variant comic for that day, get all 5 regular Silent Master Variant exclusive comics (featuring various Snake Eyes Toy Packaging art) and get a BONUS 6th cover of Snake Eyes that is ONLY available in this bundle, making this a bundle you MUST own at the convention!



COLLECTIONS

Amber Blake Trade Paperback
New York Comic-Con exclusive cover by Catherine Nodet
$25, Limited to 400
Pick up the limited-edition Amber Blake trade paperback with a convention exclusive cover, available to be signed by writer Jade Lagardère at IDW Booth #1844 on Friday, October 4th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

John Byrne Marvel Classics Artifact Edition
Convention exclusive cover by John Byrne
$200 each, Limited to 100 copies
This is your chance to own a gem by John Byrne, one of the true superstars of Marvel Comics! We present John Byrne at his finest 

Roy G. Krenkel: Father of Heroic Fantasy – A Centennial Celebration
Convention debut
$60 each, Limited to 50 copies
Pick up Roy Krenkel’s New York Comic-Con debut book, Father of Heroic Fantasy – A Centennial Celebration. This is a new art book on the legendary fantasy artist—featuring many pieces never before published, from the archives of the Krenkel Estate!




MERCHANDISE

Wynonna Earp Bandana
Logo art, Convention edition
$10 each, Limited to 260
Own a special Wynonna Earp Bandana, exclusively available at IDW convention appearances!


SDCC / LIMITED HOLDOVERS

Care Bears #1, Con variant
Virgin Art Cover by Agnes Garbowska
$5 each, Limited to 100 copies

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Bundle, 4 different one-shots
Covers by Dan Schoening
$40 each, Limited to 50 packs
Pick up all 4 of our Ghostbusters 35th anniversary one-shot comics, each with a new “Movie Poster” themed cover by Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening!

Locke & Key Bundle
Convention bundle with cover by Gabriel Rodríguez
$40 each, Limited to 18

Locke & Key: Nailed It one-shot, Con variant
Cover by Gabriel Rodríguez
$5 each, Limited to 100 copies


Locke & Key: Nailed It one-shot, Deluxe Con variant
Virgin Art premium cover by Gabriel Rodríguez
$10 each, Limited to 80 copies

Sonic: Tangle & Whisper #1, Con variant
Cover by Evan Stanley
$10 each, Limited to 100 copies

Star Trek: Year Five #1, Con variant
Negative Painted Cover by Greg Hildebrandt
$10 each, Limited to 200 copies

Star Wars Adventures #23, Con variant
Virgin Art Cover by Tony Fleecs
$10 each, Limited to 50 copies

They Called Us Enemy Hardcover Edition
Cover by Harmony Becker $30 each, 30 copies at the show
Get the hardcover version of George Takei’s gripping memoir, They Called Us Enemy, detailing his childhood where his family was sent to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. 



They Called Us Enemy Signed and Numbered Hardcover Edition
Cover by Harmony Becker
$75 each, 60 copies at the showGet a special signed and numbered hardcover version of George Takei’s gripping memoir, They Called us Enemy, detailing his childhood where his family was sent to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. This Signed and Numbered edition comes with a bound-in signature plate signed by the entire creative team, including George Takei!

Transformers/Ghostbusters #1
, Con variantCover by Dan Schoening
$10 each, Limited to 100 copies

Usagi Yojimbo & 
Ragnarök 2-pack, Connecting Virgin VariantsCovers by Walter Simonson & Stan Sakai
$20 per pack, Limited to 200 packsHere’s your chance to own 2 limited edition variant comic books featuring a spectacular jam image of creators Stan Sakai and Walter Simonson drawing each other’s signature characters, all colored by Laura Martin! These 2 virgin comic books have color artwork on the front, and the inked version on the back! Grab them both!

Wraith #7
, Con variantPhoto cover from NOS4A2 TV show$10 each, 100 copies at the show

Zombicide TMNT Pack #1
, Con variant plus free Trade PaperbackDesigned by CMON Games$25 each, 48 copies at the showIt’s an outbreak of high-flying, Zombie-killing, ninja action as the TMNT invade CMON’s hit board game, Zombicide! This convention exclusive pack #1 contains 4 characters from TMNT done in the iconic Zombicide style: Shredder, Krang, Donnie, and Leo!

Zombicide TMNT Pack #2
, Con variantDesigned by CMON Games$25 each, 48 copies at the showIt’s an outbreak of high-flying, Zombie-killing, ninja action as the TMNT invade CMON’s hit board game, Zombicide! This convention exclusive pack #2 contains 4 characters from TMNT done in the iconic Zombicide style: Bebop, Rocksteady, Mikey, and Raph! 


PROMO ITEMS AND GIVEAWAY PRIZE

Prize Pack
Scan your badge at IDW Booth #1844 for a chance to win a special prize pack with variant cover comics (NYCC convention exclusives) and a signed copy of They Called Us Enemy Hardcover Edition!

Cobra Kai
 poster
Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides
 poster
Dying is Easy
 / Wellington ashcan
Marvel Action: Captain Marvel
 poster
Star Wars Adventures
 double-sided poster
Star Wars Adventures
 Free Comic Book Day button
Star Wars Adventures
 Free Comic Book Day comic
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
 poster


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TMNT #51

'TMNT' #51 cover by Ken Garing
‘TMNT’ #51 cover by Ken Garing

  • Story by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz
  • Script by Tom Waltz
  • Art by Ken Garing
  • Colours by Ronda Pattison
  • Cover by Ken Garing

A new age begins for the TMNT. The epic events of TMNT #50 have created new opportunity… and dangers. Will the family stay united in the face of a devastating new foe?

Pickup your copy of ‘TMNT’ #51 at Comixology now!

Coming off the back of massive changes to the franchise in issue #50 ‘TMNT’ is venturing in to new territory with #51.

Donatello is back. Splinter is leading the Foot. Michelangelo is out on his own. Ken Garing has stepped in as the new artist for the series.

Picking up the dangling plot threads left by the previous arc, or in fact the previous four years of story Eastman, Curnow and Waltz are looking at a brand new landscape for ‘TMNT’. I’ve said in previous reviews that bringing Mateus Santolouco onboard as writer completely rejuvenated the look of the series and now with the Turtles and Splinter in bed with the Foot Clan the writers are trying to do the same with the non-visual aspects of ‘TMNT’.

The decision to permanently (or temporarily) remove Shredder from the storyline was a great idea to allow the story to open itself up to new ideas but to take it one step further and give control of the Foot Clan to the Turtles themselves was utter genius. I don’t know if this storyline has happened in past iterations of ‘TMNT’ but for this current series it’s a bold and brilliant move.

‘TMNT’ #51 is but the humble beginnings of this new storyline so serves to lay the groundwork for what is to come. This issue also reintroduces April to the series after her departure to appear in her own mini-series with boyfriend Casey.

There’s a new gang on the streets of New York calling themselves The Street Phantoms so we’re now set to deal with a new villain over the next few months although we know very little about them at this stage. Their first fight with the turtles serves as an introduction to the new status quo with Leonardo calling in backup in the form of a swarm of Foot soldiers.

Much of the rest of the story is taken up by a heated exchange between Michelangelo and Raphael which in storylines past would easily have been the reversed with Raph normally the one to storm off and leave the team and also Donatello and Harold Lillja conversing about the tech used by the new street gang.

It’s a quiet issue by comparison with recent editions but it’s welcomed given how fast paced ‘TMNT’ can sometimes be.

New artist Ken Garing brings an interesting new style to the book. It broadly reflects some of the older versions of the ‘TMNT’ comic paying a great homage to the past but in an interesting new slant on the character designs many of the close-up shots are reminiscent of the original ‘TMNT’ movies, the facial designs of each of the turtles is very close to the animatronic masks worn by the original actors. It was a little jarring the first time I saw it but given time to go over this issue it actually works. What ‘TMNT’ needed coming off the back of Santolouco was an artist not afraid to take things in a new direction and judging by his first issue Garing is capable of doing just that.

Not an overly exciting issue but a good jumping off point for new readers and an interesting beginning to a new chapter of ‘TMNT’.

3 stars

 

 

3 stars