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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 9

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 9

Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Stan Sakai, Rich Douek, Erik Burnham, Bobby Curnow (w) • Mateus Santolouco, Stan Sakai, Dave Wachter, Pablo Tunica, Aaron Conley, Sophie Campbell (a) • Dan Duncan (c)

Agent Bishop’s long-gestating hunt for mutants begins in earnest and no one is safe! The Mutanimals are the first targets, but the Turtles’ turn will come soon enough, and they’ll be hounded like never before. Alopex and Nobody are looking for a little rest and relaxation but get more than they ask for when they become the unwilling guests of a never-ending party thrown by the hedonistic Toad Baron! Plus, Karai has always embodied the Foot Clan. With the Clan under the control of Splinter, what path will she take during her travels in Japan? Danger and intrigue await her, Koya, and Bludgeon!

Collects issues #67-72 of the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe issues #9-15, and the TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo crossover.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 336 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-501-2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 9

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 8

Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver (w) • Bill Sienkiewicz, Damien Couceiro (a) • Dan Duncan (c)

Bebop and Rocksteady stumble across a time-travel scepter, kickstarting the craziest, most destructive adventure yet! Then, when a mysterious new mutant targets Baxter Stockman, it will be up to the TMNT to reluctantly save him, but little does anyone know that a larger trap is being laid by a new arch-foe. Plus, Donatello reboots a new and improved Metalhead only to find that the robot no longer functions entirely as designed. Collects the Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything mini-series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe issues #1-8, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues#65-66.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 344 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-370-4

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco, Dave Wachter, Michael Dialynas (a) • Dan Duncan (c)

A new age begins for the Turtles as the epic events of the past have created new opportunities for the future—but new dangers as well. While the Turtles adjust to a world leading the Foot Clan post-Shredder, they return to the Technodrome to monitor the revival of the Utroms on Burnow Island and are surprised to meet a new mutant—Leatherhead! Plus, Kitsune still poses a threat, and a new group, the Street Phantoms, enters the fray! Collects issues #51–64 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 320 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-282-0

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3

Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Jason Ciaramella, Brian Lynch, Erik Burnham, Mike Costa, Ben Epstein, Dustin Weaver, Paul Allor (w) • Kevin Eastman, Mateus Santolouco, Dave Wachter, Sophie Campbell, Cory Smith, Mike Henderson, Ben Bates, Dan Duncan (a) • Dan Duncan (c)

Violence and carnage rage across the city as Shredder’s master plan unfolds. When tragedy strikes the Turtles, the brothers will have to hold the line against an attack from within, but with allegiances shifting they must formulate a plan to fight back against their deadliest enemy. Volume 3 collects issues #21–28 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series and the Old Hob, Alopex, Karai, Hun, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Shredder Micro-Series one-shots, plus the 2012 Annual.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 428 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-691-1

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Collection

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Collection

Joshua Williamson, Erik Burnham, Jason Ciaramella, Brian Lynch, Mike Costa, Ben Epstein, Dustin Weaver, Paul Allor (w) • Mike Henderson, Andy Kuhn, Dave Wachter, Sophie Campbell, Cory Smith, Dustin Weaver, Dan Duncan (a) • Valerio Schitti (c)

The spotlight shines on the Turtles’ fiercest enemies in this collection with stories about Alopex, Baxter Stockman, Bebop and Rocksteady, Hun, Karai, Krang, Old Hob, and Shredder.

HC • FC • $34.99 • 204 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-636-2

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Eastman and Laird Return to TMNT!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary this year and the festivities are ramping up! This May, co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird karate-kick into high gear with a very special 30th Anniversary issue at IDW.  Featuring a brand-new cover created by the original team, this issue marks the first time in over 20 years the pair has worked together on the property.

The 30th Anniversary Special will be a cavalcade of all-new short stories by the top talent that has built the rich TMNT world over the past 30 years. Each story is inspired by a different era of TMNT’s rich history, and features the unique look, feel and voice of that time period. From Dean Clarrain, Chris Allan, Gary Carlson, Frank Fosco, and Jim Lawson to IDW’s own Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan, the creators showcased in this 48-page full-color special issue spin fantastic TMNT tales from the sewers to the stars!

Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases.  The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business—with DVDs, video games, toys and more–that has generated billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debut on Nickelodeon in 2012 and ranked as the number-one new boy series for the year in the United States.  In Aug. 2014, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films’ CGI/live-action hybrid will hit theaters.

Mars Attacks IDW Limited!

IDW Limited announced plans for interstellar domination today, beginning with the Mars Attacks: Attack from Space Limited-Edition Hardcover. The book collects the first five issues of the popular IDW comic series. Drawing on the rich card-based history by Topps, each of these highly collectible and rare books will be paired with hand-drawn sketch cards from a wide variety of artists, ranging from fine-art gallery painters to comic-book and trading-card artists. All of the sketch cards are official Mars Attacks sketch cards provided by Topps, and foil stamped exclusively for this limited-edition release.

Working closely with Topps, IDW Limited has selected a wide variety of top creative talent to provide original, hand-illustrated as well as hand-painted sketch-card art for this special edition. Ranging in diverse style and background, the group assembled for this book is unrivaled in experience and talent. From series artist John McCrea to alternative gallery painter Apricot Mantle to popular trading-card artist Nar!, each participant brings a unique view and twist to the Mars Attacks universe.

The roster of artists selected for the first volume includes:

Jason Adams
Ted Dastick
Alex Deligiannis
Charles Hall
Dan Duncan
Dan Harding
Gary Kezele
Miran Kim
Apricot Mantle
Chris Mason
John McCrea
Nar!
Sean Pence
Tim Proctor
Eric Talbot
Chris Uminga
George Webber
Jeff Zapata

The book will be released in both Red and Blue Label offerings, with each edition being signed by the creative team of John Layman and John McCrea, housed in a custom-built tray case and paired with hand-drawn cards. Red Label books (250 total) will include one sketch card, while each Blue Label edition (50 total) will be packaged with a four-card puzzle-set.

Available for pre-order now, get your copy immediately earthlings!

MARS ATTACKS: ATTACK FROM SPACE DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00; BLUE-$400; 124 pages; 11” x 7.3”; hardcover)

Review: Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors CoverIn order to set himself up with a cushy job post graduation, Heller Wilson takes on a subject for his PhD thesis at the behest of his advisor. This leads him to meet with Dr. Spencer Brownfield, a disgraced Columbia professor who spent his career researching Complex Theory, the idea that one can use mathematics to predict large-scale outcomes caused by minute changes in environment. At first, Dr. Brownfield seems crazy, but Heller soon discovers that the doctor’s research might be the only thing keeping New York City from destroying itself from the inside out!

I love math. I also like systems. So, when I first heard the pitch of writer Charles Soule‘s new release from Archaia, my ears perked up. The story takes a very complex idea and boils it down in an easy to understand story. Strange Attractors to me is the flip side of those whimsical tales where stories interconnect and coincidences lead to some great thing. Usually those moments are chalked up to fate or luck, but in this story by Soule, we learn maybe things are a bit more manipulated than we think?

To hear Soule talk, not just about the concept of this story but his love of New York City, you get sucked in. You can tell there’s a special place for the Big Apple in his heart, but at the same time, he’s amazed it works at all. He stands in awe of what’s described as “the greatest city on the planet.” This tale gets you to think about the concept of how that city can even function at the level it does. What does it take to take a complex organism like New York City to work? No matter where we live, we’ve experienced the chaos and spiraling breakdowns as simple as a light being out or maybe an accident forcing us to take a different route. Now think of that on the level of a small place lived in by millions. This story takes that concept, and the complex systems and math that underlies it all, and lays it out to a tale of a new age magician. One that doesn’t do tricks as we think of them, but instead is able to manipulate the surroundings around him to end up with a desired result.

We’ve all heard of the Butterfly Effect, think of that, but with acts that go on around us every single day. It’s a magical story with an underlying dread about it as well as the build up to avoid catastrophe draws nearer. The story got me to pause and think about what it takes for my world to function and function smoothly, and it’s amazing that it functions at all, and that’s part of the point of the book. We take for granted all that we do every day, and few stop to realize the complex systems that have to run perfectly for us to not notice even the hint of issues. It also gets you to wonder what chain reactions you might have caused yourself. It has you think and ask yourself why a city like New York was able to recover from 9/11 so quickly while New Orleans struggles to this day post Katrina. What factors go into making that sort of function happen?

The book combines mysticism with mathematics with a dash of Wildstorm’s Ex Machina thrown in. The energy exudes the pages with art by Greg Scott. As things ramp up and processes break down, his art reflects the build up and dread partially through the brilliant use of color.

Strange Attractors is Soule’s love letter to New York, and through this he shows us some of its magic.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Greg Scott Cover: Dan Duncan
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Strange Attractors

STRANGE ATTRACTORS

Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 128 pages
Format: hardcover, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Sci-Fi
Ship Date: May 15 in comic shops, May 28 wherever books are sold
Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)
Written by Charles Soule
Illustrated by Greg Scott
Cover by Dan Duncan

In order to set himself up with a cushy job post graduation, Heller Wilson takes on a subject for his PhD thesis at the behest of his advisor. This leads him to meet with Dr. Spencer Brownfield, a disgraced Columbia professor who spent his career researching Complex Theory, the idea that one can use mathematics to predict large-scale outcomes caused by minute changes in environment. At first, Dr. Brownfield seems crazy, but Heller soon discovers that the doctor’s research might be the only thing keeping New York City from destroying itself from the inside out! Includes a bonus section of complexity maps created by Robert Saywitz.

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IDW Publishing launches their new division: IDW Limited

IDW Publishing has announced the launch of IDW Limited, a new division that will specialize in producing high-end, collectible editions of their wide catalog of books. Catering to the loyal and committed fans, IDW Limited books will feature unique elements like original sketches and creator signatures on luxuriously designed packaging not available anywhere else. These top-of-the-line rarities will aim to enhance and expand existing books, providing beautiful reading and collecting experiences fans will be proud to display on their shelves.

The first book offered from IDW Limited will be the four-issue collection of IDW’s best-selling new series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1, Change Is Constant. The Deluxe Limited Edition will be released in three tiers, each with extremely low quantities available exclusively through the IDW limited website. Fans can expect original signatures from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, series artist Dan Duncan, and series writer Tom Waltz, as well as unique sketch art from Dan Duncan packaged with each book in a specially hand-constructed, deluxe case.

IDW Limited books are offered in multiple tiers so that fans can select the degree of collectability that is important to them. Each print run is hand-numbered and strictly limited. All three tiers include a signature plate signed by the book’s creators. In addition to signatures, collectors can expect the following:

  • Red Label Edition is limited to 175 copies, features a custom cover, is housed in a limited edition slipcase and paired with an artist’s portfolio containing a unique, spot-color sketch of one of the Ninja Turtles done by series artist Dan Duncan.
  • Black Label Edition is limited to 25 copies featuring the IDW Limited custom cover and is housed in a hand-built traycase, along with an artist’s portfolio containing a multi-color illustration of two classic TMNT characters by series artist Dan Duncan.
  • Blue Label Edition, the rarest tier being offered, is limited to only 10 copies!  For this special version, series artist Dan Duncan will be creating full-color illustrations of the entire Turtle team in action. Each book is packaged with the IDW Limited cover inside a hand-built tray case.

In addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans can also expect a complete line of limited edition books and merchandise of their favorite titles including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Alan Robert’s Crawl To Me and menton3’s Monocyte this fall, and many more to follow.

TMNT: CHANGE IS CONSTANT DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00/BLACK-$250.00/BLUE-$350.00; 192 pages; 9” x 12”; hardcover) is now available for pre-order.

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