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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For February 10 2016

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Prime 1 Studio Takes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Back to the ’90s

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Prime 1 Studio

After grabbing the license to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 2014 film, most of us expected Prime 1 Studio to stick with the modern incarnations seen in Paramount's live-action update on the '80s cartoon. Given how Prime has worked with the company on the Transformers side of things, that line of thinking made some sense. Then this past weekend at Wonder Festival Winter, Prime 1 Studio shattered expectations completely. Not only is the company continuing to put out more Turtles goods, but soon the fan-favorite iterations from the 1990 feature film will find their way from the sewers into collections around the world.

The four-statue set features the Ninja Turtles as they were in the landmark action movie of 1990. Unlike the computer-generated Turtles that populate the current films, these statues will be based on the actual costumes worn by actors playing Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo. I haven't been this excited about a TMNT collectible since Good Smile's James Jean statue series, but these new statues speak to me on a whole different level. And that level is my childhood.

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Luna Attempts Career Advancement in Outer Space In ‘Luna The Vampire’ #2 [Preview]

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So here's what you need to know about Yasmin Sheikh's Luna the Vampire: She's a vampire who lives in outer space --- technically in Monster Space --- and she flies around in a spaceship shaped like a coffin. That's it.

Okay, so maybe that's more like all I needed to know, because coffin-shaped spaceships are, as it turns out, exactly my jam. Really though, that's only one panel in the upcoming second issue, in which Luna heads to her soul-crushing retail job. The good news is that there might be a promotion in her future, but the bad news? There are, of course, hijinx. Check out an exclusive preview below!

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IDW Launches A Kickstarter For The ‘TMNT: Shadows Of The Past’ Board Game

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There were a lot of great announcements that came out of last year's San Diego Comic-Con, but the one that I was most excited about by far actually wasn't a comic this time. Instead, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a board game from IDW designed by Kevin Wilson, with contributions from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz and editor Bobby Curnow. And ever since that announcement, I've been wondering when we'd get to see more.

Today, IDW Games launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the game, with the finished product scheduled to deliver in July of this year --- and with 22 days left, they're already halfway to their initial $250,000 goal.

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Pizzazz Is The Hero Of Her Own Story: Kelly Thompson Talks ‘Dark Jem’

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Jem and the Holograms has been one of the best comics on the stands ever since its debut, and one of the things that really makes it work is how it expands on the original cartoon in ways that make perfect sense. Jerrica's stage fright, Stormer and Kimber's super-cute relationship, and the recasting of Rio as a music reporter put off by Jem's standoffish nature, have all helped to build Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell and Emma Vieceli's story into a great, fleshed-out world.

Now, with "Dark Jem" kicking off this week, they're turning that world upside-down. The Misfits have lost a lead singer, the Holograms are going dark, and something's wrong with Synergy. To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke with Thompson about the direction for the next arc, the challenge of making Pizzazz and the Misfits sympathetic, and why the current arc has an awful lot to do with The Karate Kid.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For January 27 2016

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, IDW, Image, Valiant

Platinum’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Looks Radical

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Platinum Games

The worst-kept video game secret of 2016 has finally been officially announced. Platinum Games and Activision are teaming with Nickelodeon for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game, and one with a distinct co-op bent, too. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will see the fab four tackle perennial villains Shredder and his Foot Clan across the city they all call home. Unlike Platinum's previous '80s cartoon-turned-action game Transformers Devastation, TMNT: MiM won't have an art style that's ripped straight from the animation archives. Instead, it looks like Platinum is following the art style of IDW Publishing's current TMNT artist, Mateus Santolouco.

Platinum's got a strong history of developing exciting action games, though there have been a few misses in the company's expanding catalog. After the success of Transformers Devastation, it's easy to get caught up in hoping TMNT will be just as solid. The gameplay shown off in the trailer looks good in motion, but without being able to play it ourselves. Let's not get hung up on the possibilities of disappointment just yet though because this game is going to have Armaggon, and that's just cool enough for us right now.

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Mezco Makes it So for Sulu in the Star Trek One:12 Collective

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Mezco

While the world waits for more on Mezco's One:12 Collective superheroes, the company is steadily dropping new Star Trek characters to hold the fort. Not that we're complaining. For too long Star Trek's original cast has been relegated to some fairly unremarkable figures. The One:12 Collective has been a solid gold hit for Mezco since it started last year, and its latest additions should keep it trending upwards.

Joining Spock this year will be Hikaru Sulu, the fencing expert and senior helmsman of the original USS Enterprise. Since debuting in the '60s, Sulu went on to become an accomplished member of Starfleet in his own right, eventually captaining the USS Excelsior. As great as it was to see Sulu get proper accolades, he's most fondly remembered for his appearances on the original show, where George Takei made the Japanese physicist such an icon of science fiction. It's also the version Mezco is hoping to celebrate with its upcoming figure.

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The X-Files Cold Cases #9: ‘The Dismemberance of Things Past’

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From 1995 to 1998, Topps Comics published a comics tie-in to The X-Files that featured original stories and, among other artists, some of Charlie Adlard‘s earliest US art. With Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully about to return to television, we at ComicsAlliance are revisiting this classic series, and highlighting some of the best stories it had to tell.

For this final post in this series, I'm looking back at my favorite X-Files comic from the entire run --- for how well it's written and drawn, and for how deep and primal a fear it touches within me.

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Jim Zub And Nelson Daniel Take Minsc (And Boo) To Ravenloft In ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ #1

Dungeons & Dragons #1, IDW

For those of you who aren't quite up to speed on the specifics of D&D settings and characters, here's what you need to know: Ravenloft, originally published in 1990, is a realm of gothic horror, a misty, vaguely Bavarian dimension ruled over by the Draculesque Strahd von Zarovich. Minsc, who first appeared in 1998's Baldur's Gate video game, is a good-hearted berserker with a pet miniature giant space hamster named Boo.

When IDW relaunches Dungeons & Dragons this April, Jim Zub and Nelson Daniel are slamming those two concepts into each other, and hijinx, one assumes, will ensue. To set the stage, I spoke to Zub --- who returns to Minsc's adventures after last year's Legends of Baldur's Gate --- about what this spooky new setting means for the character and his adventures!

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