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Third Time’s a Charm for Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The 80th anniversary of Batman collides with the 35th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this May as DC Publishing and IDW Publishing today announced plans for Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, a stunning six-issue conclusion to the smash-hit crossover trilogy. 

James Tynion IV reunites with artist Freddie E. Williams II and colorist Jeremy Colwell for this final chapter starring Gotham’s Dark Knight and New York’s Heroes in a Half Shell. Kevin Eastman will illustrate variant covers for the series and, as he did in collaboration with Williams II on 2017’s Kamandi Challenge, contribute interior artwork at a pivotal point in the new run.

In the first two blockbuster volumes, our heroes battled the evil of the Foot Clan in Gotham and then went head-to-head with Bane in New York. But now, in the third and biggest chapter, Krang has gotten his hands on the most dangerous technologies in the DC Universe—and no universe is safe from his wrath!

Fans of the comic series will see the Dark Knight continue to fight like never before with wall-to-wall ninja action in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIbeginning May 1, 2019.

Also announced this week by Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Nickelodeon is Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, an all-new animated movie arriving on 4K, Blu-ray and Digital later this spring, based on Tynion IV and Williams II’s first volume of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Exclusive Preview: Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #6

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #6

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Freddie E Williams II
Cover by: Freddie E Williams II
Color: Jeremy Colwell, Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Wes Abbott
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: January 2, 2019

He-Man is beset on all sides—by enemies and allies alike. If he helps Superman use the Nexus, he may save Earth from ever falling to injustice. But Skeletor has a marvelous trick up his sleeve! The battle rages, but who will prevail?

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #6 cover

Review: Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1

It’s Thursday and we’ve got a Throwback Thursday review of Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1 released in July! The second issue is out this week, so it’s a perfect time to check out this debut issue.

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1 is by Tim Seeley, Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell, and Wes Abbott.

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Preview: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5

Story: James Tynion IV Dialogue: Ryan Ferrier Art: Freddie Williams II
Color: Jeremy Colwell Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell
Variant Cover: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
Editor: Jim Chadwick Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A Venom-charged Donnie wages a brutal, one-Turtle war on the Foot Clan. Batman has to stop him and remind him of who he really is; someone who uses smarts-not brawn-to take down the bad guys. Damian and Raphael pay a visit to the Lazarus Pit to try and help a wounded Splinter. Then Batman tries to turn a former foe into an ally as part of a desperate attempt to finally end the reign of Bane.

Dark Horse and 343 Industries Explore the Origins of Atriox and the Banished

Dark Horse and 343 Industries are set to release a new anthology series based on Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries’ real-time strategy video game, introduces a new ruthless villain, Atriox. This five-chapter anthology collects stories by acclaimed comics creators Cullen Bunn, Jody Houser, John Jackson Miller, Alex Irvine, Claire Roe, Josan Gonzalez, Jonathan Wayshak, and Tristan Jones.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox finds Atriox, who is still a member of the massive alien collective known as the Covenant, leading his Brute brethren into an all-out assault on a UNSC outpost. Leader and creator of the Banished, Atriox is a fearsome warrior who rose to power by his charismatic personality and talent for shrewd strategic planning honed during his time serving as a member of the Covenant. Cullen Bunn composes this first issue, Claire Roe provides her gorgeous artistic skills to the Halo universe, Jeremy Colwell makes the illustrations pop with his gritty colors, and topping it all off is a breathtaking cover by Aleksi Briclot.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox goes on sale August 2, 2017.

Review: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

batman-tmnt-3If you’re a fan, even in passing, of either franchise, this is a crossover you have been wanting for a long  time. We’re three issues into the six issue miniseries that’s being co-published by DC and IDW now, and so the question of whether the crossover is living up to expectations can be answered with a degree of accuracy.

And it does.

As with any comic book property crossover, there seems to be at least a vague formulaic approach to the opening of the arc; Hero A meets Hero B, they fight (typically to a draw), then realize that they have a common goal, so pool resources. It’s a familiar formula because for the most part it works in allowing the reader of one property to get a bit of background on the other, and allows the fans to see the fight they wanted to see before the story proper begins.

James Tynion IV has captured the essences of the main heroic characters here with a graceful ease that allows fans, like me, who are more familiar with one publisher’s stable than the other to be able to follow and enjoy the story as it’s presented. And it’s presented very well. Perhaps one of my favourite aspects of the artwork is the hand coloured vibe that Jeremy Colwell‘s has. It feels as though he’s used coloured pencils on the pages here that gives an almost modern vintage feel to the series, which evokes memories of the last time these characters met on my bedroom floor twenty some years ago. As interesting as Colwell‘s colouring is, if Freddie Williams II‘s art wasn’t equal to the task then visually the comic would fall flat. It doesn’t. Each turtle has a distinct personality conveyed in the art, just as the innate power of the Dark Knight comes across, and the threat of Shredder.  What is happening within the story is clearly shown on the page, with none of the details being lost within panels where it would be easy to let that happen.

With the miniseries having established a simple, yet very effective reason behind the Turtles and their father needing to get home, and why they can’t stay beyond the typical “our people need us!” trope. And so, the team up proper happens and with the third issue we finally see the Heroes in a Half Shell and the Dark Knight standing on the same side.  It makes you realize just how well the characters work together, and I hope that the six issues we’re getting won’t be the only six issues we’ll get of these characters in the same comic.

It’s a glorious combination.

In all honesty, this crossover had the potential to be nothing short of a quick cash grab for both publishers, because whether you want to admit it or not people would buy it regardless of the quality of the issues (I was planning too), but when I saw that James Tynion IV was scripting the series I felt a glimmer of hope that this would be worth reading.

So far it has lived up to my hopes and dreams, which is good because I’d be buying it anyway. Like Leonardo says “this here is a…. TOTALLY AWESOME TEAM-UP!”

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Freddie E Williams II Colours: Jeremy Colwell
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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