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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers Hardcover Announced for June

Relive the gritty realism and explosive action of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—one of the greatest TMNT stories of all time—through the iconic covers that helped make it an instant classic! IDW Publishing has announced the June 2023 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers, a 200-page, full-color hardcover serving as a comprehensive showcase of each and every cover variant over the span of the series.

Featuring an all-new cover by Last Ronin series co-artist Ben Bishop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers features artwork from an all-star lineup of top-tier talent, including TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, Last Ronin co-artists Esau & Isaac Escorza and the aforementioned Ben Bishop, and comic industry superstars including Mateus Santolouco, Sophie Campbell, Freddie E. Williams II, Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland, Peach Momoko, Tyler Kirkham, John Giang, Amanda Conner, Rob Liefeld, Simon Bisley, Stan Sakai, and many more!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers
by Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop, Esau & Isaac Escorza, and more
ISBN: 978-1-68405-997-3
$34.99 US / $45.99 CAN
200-Page, Full-Color Hardcover, 7″ x 10.875
On Sale: June 13, 2023

Springing from a lost 1987 storyline by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, The Last Ronin tells the story of a sole, shrouded Turtle in a dark possible future, undertaking a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. The kinetic layouts from Eastman, atmospheric illustrations from Esau & Isaac Escorza and Ben Bishop, thrilling script from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz, and bold hues from colorist Luis Antonio Delgado instantly resonated with fans and critics alike.

Debuting in October 2020 as a quarterly periodical in a prestigious oversize format, The Last Ronin took the comic world by storm, eventually leading to over 840,000 units of the individual comic books in print, coveted New York Times best seller status with over 125,000 collections sold, and adaptations to action figures and statues. The story of The Last Ronin expands in 2023 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—Lost Years, a miniseries straddling Michelangelo’s past as a lone wanderer and the future where four new turtles will grow up in his shadow.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers

Rob Liefeld returns to the Merc with the Mouth with Deadpool: Badder Blood

This June, superstar comics talent Rob Liefeld is back with another action-packed saga starring one of his greatest creations in Deadpool: Badder Blood! A sequel to Liefeld’s hit Deadpool: Bad Blood, Deadpool: Badder Blood will be a five-issue limited series that will deliver another definitive Deadpool adventure in iconic Liefeld style!

This latest chapter will see the Merc with the Mouth team up with guest stars like Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Cable against a dangerous new villain. Deadpool’s upcoming mission will also raise the stakes of Deadpool’s intense feud with his adversary known as Thumper, revealing surprising details about the deadly killer’s origin along the way. Additionally, fans will be introduced to brand-new Liefeld created characters including KILLVILLE, ARCATA, and the mysterious warrior SHATTERSTORM!

Check out the first cover below as well as interior artwork and stay tuned for more information about what promises to be one of Marvel’s biggest launches of 2023! 

Rob Liefeld’s Ultra-Rare ‘Merc with a Mouth’ Concept Art comes to Heritage Auctions

Deadpool – also known as “The Merc with a Mouth” – was first introduced in the pages of 1990’s New Mutants No. 98 by renowned comic-book creator, writer and artist Rob Liefeld. His appearance was nothing short of a lightning strike that ignited fans’ attention and adulation like few characters ever before. Marvel Comics once said the mail they received about Deadpool was the largest response to a character in years.

Deadpool’s impact was so profound Liefeld was asked to include him in X-Force No. 1 as a trading card and full-page interior fact file, which is why the 1991 issue sold more than 5 million copies upon publication – and occasionally still sells for $100 despite the proliferation of polybagged copies. Deadpool’s popularity was so overwhelming that his scheduled return appearance was accelerated to X-Force No. 2, which sold 1.2 million copies. Liefeld focused the entire issue on his Deadpool as well as featuring him on the cover. The rest is the stuff of legend: Deadpool arrived a few months later as an action figure in the X-Force toy series, and has remained for the last three decades one of the top-selling licensed characters of all time. And that was before the movies. 

If the million-selling comics are still coveted and beloved, imagine the desire for early Deadpool original art, which is ultra-rare and highly coveted.

Look no further than Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 17-18 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, which counts among its centerpieces two pages featuring The Birth Of Deadpool from New Mutants No. 98. Both of these extraordinary scarcities – Pages 14 and 15 from that issue – come from Liefeld’s personal art collection.

These depictions of Deadpool and Cable are the first drawings of Deadpool ever created. The only illustrations prior to this are the character sheets Liefeld created before determining his final look and getting Marvel’s approval. These pages have been stowed away in his vast collection of mini-comics and are coming to auction for the first time. 

They show the process Liefeld used to conceive and flesh out Deadpool and how his creative process has always begun, from his early work on Hawk and Dove until today. Liefeld creates a mini-version of the comic book before expanding it to 11 inches by 17 inches, where he inks the final versions. He works out the storytelling, the gestures, details and rendering that are finalized on the finished boards.

Liefeld’s work on New Mutants and X-Force, done while he was still in his 20s, established him as a wunderkind in the comic-book industry. And his Deadpool has been a media powerhouse for 30 years, featured in more than a dozen best-selling Marvel video games. His appearances in cartoons are fan favorites; and his comics, especially those penned by Liefeld, are comics chart-toppers. In 2016 the long-awaited Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds launched to critical acclaim and fan adoration, breaking box office records in its debut.

The sequel, Deadpool 2, followed in 2018, adding popular Liefeld creations Cable, as portrayed by Josh Brolin, and Domino, played by Zazie Beetz. The films have become a global franchise with both films grossing a combined $1.6 billion. Deadpool 3 has been announced and set for release in 2024. The film will reunite Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine with his best frienemy Reynolds’ Deadpool.

Kurt Johnstad tapped to write Rob Liefeld and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prophet

Prophet #1

Sam Hargrave is tapped to direct and Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in Prophet, a film based on the comic book series created by Rob Liefeld. It has now been announced that Kurt Johnstad will be writing the film.

Kurt Johnstad has adapted a few comic properties for film before. He wrote the screenplays for 300 (and 300: Rise of an Empire) and Atomic Blonde. Marc Guggenheim wrote the original script for the film. It’s unknown if Johnstad’s take is a rewrite or a tweak of that.

John Prophet first debuted in July 1992 in the pages of Youngblood #2, written and drawn by Rob Liefeld. The character became an instant hit with audiences and created a demand that he star in his own showcase series featuring art by Dan Panosian from stories and layouts by Liefeld.

The general story of Prophet revolves around a man conscripted by the Germans towards the end of World War II. He’s experimented on and given superhuman strength. He’s then buried alive after a bombing trapping him. He eventually escapes to a world that has moved on.

Prophet has had an on again off again publishing history with his first running eleven issues and a second in 1995 lasting eight issues. A one-shot was released in 2000 by Awesome Comics. In 2012 a new series launched with issue #21 and ran until 2014 with Prophet #45. In January 2016 Prophet: Earth War launched and ended after six issues in November 2016. Recently, Prophet #1 Remastered was released.

The Prophet film was originally announced in October 2021.

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and Drag Icon Nina West head to D23 courtesy of Boxlunch

D23 Boxlunch

Who’s ready to celebrate the magic of D23 Expo in style? Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and Drag icon Nina West will appear for EXCLUSIVE signings at the Boxlunch booth at Disney’s Ultimate Fan Event – D23 Expo in Anaheim. These limited, free to attend signings will take place on Saturday September 10th and Sunday September 11th for badged attendees to D23 Expo.

Illustrious comic book creator and author Rob Liefeld, best known for creating Marvel’s Deadpool, Cable and X-Force will appear at the Boxlunch booth #2221 on Saturday September 10th from 2pm to 3:30pm to sign an exclusive print only available at this. Slots are limited and sign up is available for D23 badge holders here.

Drag Icon Nina West, Miss Congeniality from Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is headlining the US National Tour of Hairspray as Edna Turnblad and can be seen at D23 Expo as the Host of the D23 Mousequerade as well as the D23 Trivia show. Nina will be signing exclusive prints of the cover of her first children’s book The You Kind of Kind at the Boxlunch booth #2221 from 12:30pm to 2pm on Sunday September 11th. Slots are limited and sign up is available for D23 badge holders here.

Preview: Deadpool: Bad Blood #4

Deadpool: Bad Blood #4

(W) Rob Liefeld, Chris Sims, Chad Bowers (A/CA) Rob Liefeld
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The secret history of Thumper has been revealed! But now that Wade Wilson knows the massive masked man’s motivations – not to mention his startling true identity – what does that mean for Deadpool? Plus: Whose side is Garrison Kane on, anyway? And why is Wade suddenly trading blows – and bullets – with Domino? Isn’t she supposed to be his ally on this crazy caper? Prepare to experience the explosive finale of Rob Liefeld’s ultimate Deadpool story!

Deadpool: Bad Blood #4

Never before seen original ShadowHawk #1 with rare inks by Todd McFarlane gets the foil treatment for The Last ShadowHawk

Out of the archives comes a never-before-seen ShadowHawk #1 cover! This artwork was drawn by Jim Valentino and originally intended for the series’ launch in 1992—all before the iconic helmet cover came into play. Now, in celebration of Image‘s and ShadowHawk‘s 30th anniversary, this important piece of Image history will finally be brought to shelves and feature inks by Todd McFarlane and a special silver cold foil treatment. The Last ShadowHawk #1 1:100 copy incentive will be the first and only of Valentino’s ShadowHawk cover art ever inked by McFarlane. 

The back cover will feature the original Rob Liefeld-inked artwork that Valentino ultimately used for the first printing of Shadowhawk #1 when the series premiered in 1992.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of ShadowHawk #1 with writer/artist Philip Tan, co-writer Brian Haberlin, and inker Daniel Henriques.

In the not-too-distant future, the world will be just as it is today…only worse. Evil has permeated the very fabric of society, from the halls of government to the darkened alleyways. Will the heroes who once defended the downtrodden fail them now? Will a new generation rise, inspired by the last of the old? Who will be THE LAST SHADOWHAWK?

Last ShadowHawk #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 17.

Preview: Deadpool: Bad Blood #3

Deadpool: Bad Blood #3

(W) Rob Liefeld, Chris Sims, Chad Bowers (A/CA) Rob Liefeld
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jul 20, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Thumper was supposed to be Canada’s answer to the Winter Soldier, a programmable killing machine who can assassinate any target! There’s only one problem: On each mission, he goes rogue and hunts down Deadpool instead! That’s bad news for Canada – and even worse news for Wade Wilson, who’s no fan of the near-fatal beatings that Thumper administers every chance he gets! Now, with old pal Garrison Kane by his side, Deadpool faces the ultimate rematch against Thumper – but can he survive long enough to learn the truth about his single-minded nemesis?

Deadpool: Bad Blood #3

Marvel and Rob Liefeld Celebrate 40 Years of New Mutants

Announced earlier this week, Marvel will celebrate the 40th anniversary of New Mutants with a giant-sized issue! Crafted by current series writer Vita Ayala, New Mutants #30 will be a collection of stories commemorating classic and new characters alike and feature artwork by talents such as Alex Lins, Jason Loo, Emma Kubert, and more. In honor of the book’s milestone year, Rob Liefeld, one of the New Mutants’ most impactful creators, will return to the title with a new variant cover!

Coming on board during the final issues of the original run of New Mutants, Liefeld transformed the title with the introduction of breakout characters like Deadpool, Cable, and Domino and evolved the group of mutant teen super heroes into the mutant strike team X-Force. Liefeld’s new cover gives fans a rare look at the superstar artist’s take on iconic New Mutants characters who departed the team prior to Liefeld’s launch of X-Force.

Check out the cover below and stay tuned for more announcements about this extraordinary issue of New Mutants coming in September! 

New Mutants #30 Liefeld Variant

Celebrate 30 Years of Prophet with Prophet #1 Remastered in July

Rob Liefeld and Image Comics have teamed up to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prophet with an a remastered version of Prophet #1 drawn by an all-star roster of comic book talent from past and present. Image is pleased to reveal an extended preview from this exciting upcoming release. 

John Prophet first debuted in July 1992 in the pages of Youngblood #2, written and drawn by Rob Liefeld. The character became an instant hit with audiences and created a demand that he star in his own showcase series featuring art by Dan Panosian from stories and layouts by Liefeld. 

Prophet Remastered #1 features art by Philip Tan, Kenneth Roccafort, Clay Mann, Viktor Bogdonavic, V. Ken Marion, Marat Mychaels, Dan Fraga, Karl Altstaetter, Dan Panosian, Cory Hamscher, Thomas Hedglen, Tom Scioli, Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, Robert Willis, Raymond Leonard, Ale Garza, Ryan Kincaid, and the legendary Liefeld himself.

In October 2021 it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal will play John Prophet in a movie version of Prophet with Sam Hargrave directing and a script from Marc Guggenheim. Liefeld will serve as Executive Producer with Jeff Robinov of Studio 8. 

Prophet #1 Remastered (Diamond Code MAY220066) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 20. 

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