If, like us, you've spent the past weekend binging on Netflix's second season of Daredevil and reveling in all the superhero exploits, ninja action and all-around punishment, you probably still haven't had your fill. While there are great Daredevil runs from the likes of Frank Miller and Mark Waid that you could read to get more of a hornhead fix, what are you supposed to do if you've read all of them too? We've got five of the best independent comics to try next if you can't get enough of the Man Without Fear.
I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, there's a massive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sale, including all ten volumes of IDW's current TMNT series, plus the miniseries collections that go with it. It's a lot of comics, and that presents a problem of its own: With so much out there to get, which ones should you pick up?
This time, the answer's simple: You should get all of it. Seriously. It's that good.
IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic is exactly my jam. I wrote about it a few months back when I finally dived into the series, and the incredible mix of sci-fi, the supernatural, romance and, of course, teenage mutant ninja action has made it one of those comics where I almost don't want to keep reading because I know I'm going to run out and have to wait around until there's more.
This week, though, I finally got around to digging into City Fall, the big event that the series was building to since it started. I'd been saving that one for when I had some time to go through it, and I wasn't surprised at all to find out that it's great, full of well-crafted character-driven action that brought together everything that happened in the series up to that point. What did surprise me, though, is that I came away from it having actual feelings about Rocksteady and Bebop for the first time ever. Seriously.
Listen folks, I want to like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a lot. I have a huge amount of childhood nostalgia caught up in those characters, and as an adult, I can recognize TMNT as arguably the single most important independent comic book of all time, a cornerstone that paved the way for a revolution of creator-owned books that continues today. I want them to be good, but there's so much of it, spread across so much media, that it's hard to figure out what to get into if I want something that's going to live up to those high hopes.
Fortunately, Comixology celebrated the release of the latest Ninja Turtles movie with a sale on the current run of comics from IDW Publishing and gave me exactly the opportunity I was looking for. Since I had only heard good things about those comics -- and since everyone I asked about them told me to just get it all -- I took the plunge ad bought up everything they had, and I've been spending the last few days reading through. And seriously?
It is good. It's, like, X-Men in the '70s good.
As much Shakespeare as I read in high school and college, I confess I kind of though Kill Shakespeare's plot putting a "wizard-god" version of The Bard and his magical quill into conflict with his creations in a shared universe was a neat but wild spin on the poet's usual beat. Then I thought about it for about ten seconds and went, "Oh yeah, he wrote a lot of ghosts. Oh yeah, he wrote a lot of witches. Oh yeah... he wrote The friggin' Tempest." In next Wednesday's Kill Shakespeare: The Tide Of Blood #5 by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger, all kinds of supernatural elements converge in a climactic battle between, well, everyone - but especially between The Tempest's signature Sorcerer Prospero and Shakespeare himself. It's the kind of thing I imagine dudes like Harry P. and Voldemort would read to get pumped before a righteous duel.
Two heroes are down as Shredder advances his plot to take New York City in next week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23. Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman's "City Fall" storyline kicked off last month, giving fans a taste of what kind of shocking transformation may be in store for one of the Green machines, and this month artist Mateus Santolouco (along with alternate cover artists Dan Duncan, Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates, Ross Campbell and Dave Wachter) turns up the tension as a team short on allies prepares to confront multiple foes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has been collaborating with co-writer Tom Waltz and a number of artists over the course of IDW's new ongoing comic series, but he'll be taking full command of he and Peter Laird's Green Machines this Wednesday with a solo story all his own...
IDW Publishing will expand on its existing KISS comic book line this fall with a new all-ages series starring the titular rock stars as young children kicking out the jams as they foil the plans of their evil school principal...
There are places that are nice to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. There are also places that are... terrible to visit, terrible to live and completely miserable to be stranded in. For Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, their newfound Neutrino allies and the Fugitoid, Dimension X is totally that kind of place in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #18 - especially as General Krang and his army of craggy goons fire a seemingly ceaseless burst of red lasers at them, Cobra style...
Martians have been tangibly attacking everyone from Popeye to KISS to Judge Dredd of late in IDW comics of late, but this Wednesday New York's favorite paranormal exterminators must deal with a far more ethereal threat in the Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters one-shot by Erik Burnham and Jose Holder...