Ever since it first launched, IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been too big for a single ongoing title. In what has to be one of the most impressive editorial feats of the past few years, the massive story that was being told over the course of the series was spread throughout multiple titles, weaving through the main title and then splitting off to books like the one-shot Micro-Series or minis like Casey and April - and as astounding as it was that it all held together, I'll admit that as a reader, it was a little bit of a pain to flip back and forth through at least two collections while trying to figure out a reading order.
It seems like they're going ahead and putting everything into one official second ongoing series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, which kicks off in August with an issue that features Kevin Eastman and Bill Sienkiewicz teaming up for a brand-new backup story.
Next March, IDW is launching an event called Deviations, a set of one-shots that take five of their licensed comics - Ghostbusters, Transformers, GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The X-Files - and ask what if - er, what would happen if things had worked out just a little differently? In the case of America's daring, highly trained special missions force, that means a universe where GI Joe failed, and Cobra Commander took over the world. That's the bad news. The good news is that since ruling a world terrified into submission is actually pretty boring, Cobra Commander is reassembling the team so that he has someone to fight again.
To find out more, I spoke to writer Paul Allor and artist Corey Lewis about how they approached the story and what it's like to live in a world run by Cobra - and got a look at some of Lewis's designs for a post-apocalyptic Cobra Commander and the sensational character find of 2016, Hawaiian Style Snake Eyes.
Paul Allor and Paul Tucker's Tet is a difficult book to put in a category. It's a murder mystery that spans decades, a heartbreaking romance and a story about interruptions and trying to go back to the past, all set against the background of the Vietnam War and the people who lived through it. Halfway through its four-issue run, the questions are mounting up for Lt. Eugene Smith, his former fiancee and the detective who helped him investigate a murder on the eve of the 1968 Tet Offensive, and the revelations are just about to start.
To find out more, I spoke to Allor about his approach to the story, the difficulty of blending so many genres, and how he and Tucker set out to tell "an anti-white-savior story."
The week's over! You did it, and did it in magnificent style. But while you've been off working and living and doing all those things that humans do, what have you missed in the world of comics? With Weekender, ComicsAlliance is here to give you a heads-up on some of the stories that you might have overlooked, and to showcase some great writing on comics for you to enjoy over toasted croque-monsieur this weekend.
The week's over! You did it, and did it in sensational style. But while you've been off working and living and doing all those things that humans do, what have you missed in the world of comics? With Weekender, ComicsAlliance is here to give you a heads-up on some of the stories that you might have overlooked, and to showcase some great writing on comics for you to enjoy over pancakes this weekend.
The thing about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that once you have, you know, teenage mutant ninja turtles, there's no real reason to not just go all out and start making mutants out of everything. This, at least, is the premise of Mutanimals, a team of animal-human hybrids made with the same mutagen that gave us Leo, Mikey, Donnie and Raph, just without the guidance of Splinter --- and listen, I'm as surprised as you are that that sentence actually makes perfect sense.
The current version of the Mutanimals were gathered together by Old Hob, the gun-toting one-eyed cat seen above, to form an army to fight Shredder and the Foot Clan, and next week, they're taking the spotlight in their own limited series from Paul Allor and Andy Kuhn, and it all starts with Pigeon Pete having a pretty terrible day.
When Paul Allor's "secret history of Cobra" story was first announced by G.I. Joe comics publisher IDW, I immediately took notice. The idea of a long history for Cobra that would see ninja and pirate versions of Cobra Commander was something so amazing that I was shocked it had never been done before. It turned out, however, that this long history was only a part of what Allor would get to do, moving from that complicated secret history into a lean, thrilling adventure for the G.I Joe team.
Now, with Allor's run alongside artists Steve Kurth, Alex Cal, S.L. Gallant, Shawn Lee, Robert Atkins and Chris Evenhuis being collected this week in a paperback called G.I. Joe: Siren Song, we spoke to Allor to find out about how much of Cobra Commander's secret history was true, why he built the story around a mother trying to save her child, and just what it was about Big Boa that needed a comeback.
This might be obvious if you caught last week's installment of Ask Chris, but I've been thinking a lot about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lately. More than usual, I mean. Because let's be real here, there's nobody who was a kid in the late '80s who doesn't think about how Raphael is cool (but rude) on a fairly regular basis...
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