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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

It’s been some time since I’ve read IDW Publishing‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I enjoyed what I’ve read in the past but there’s a lot of comics to read. I missed the recent event which seems to have shaken up a lot of things. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 felt like a good point to see what I’ve been missing. It’s a new start for the series signifying a new story arc. It’s also a decent place for new readers to check out and see what they’ve been missing.

The war is over and there’s been casualties in a few ways. Splinter is dead, thousands have evolved into mutanimals, and the Turtles are secluded, shaken from the experience.

Written by Sophie Campbell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is a solid jumping-on point for new readers. And it’s intriguing enough it might entice them to see what they’ve been missing. The comic shows the aftermath of the seismic events. Parts of New York City have been walled off creating a ghetto for those transformed into mutant/human hybrids. Poverty and threats pervade the territory leaving its citizens scared and hungry. It’s a setting we’ve seen by Campbell delivers enough character depth to get us to feel sympathy for those impacted. It also resonates with issues today and those who are walled off from our society.

The loss resonates throughout the comic. The Turtles are broken and much of the issue is told from Donatello’s perspective. We’re delivered an update as to where things stand making it easy for new readers to catch up.

The art by Campbell is great. With colors by Ronda Pattison and lettering by Shawn Lee, the juxtaposition of where various individuals stand is clear. From the farmhouse of the Turtles to the run down neighborhoods of those walled in, the different situations is hammered through the visuals. The design for those transformed is great too with animal/human hybrids that look as natural as the Turtles themselves. Each has its own personality in design and look.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is a solid hopping on point and sets up where the series is going for long-time readers. It’s easy to catch up and understand where things stand and there’s more than enough to get you to want to see what you’ve missed.

Story: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell Art: Sophie Campbell
Color: Ronda Pattison Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Pandemica #1

Pandemica #1

Diseases are breaking out all around the world in Pandemica #1. What’s strange is, the diseases seem to be racist and geared towards specific ethnic groups. Writer Jonathan Maberry uses the concept of designer disease to create a story of conspiracy and action.

The comic brings the band together. As the story unfolds we’re introduced to the individuals who will help unravel this mystery as well as provided hints as to who’s behind it. In that way, things are pretty standard. But, it’s the concept that’s truly interesting.

The concept of modifying a disease to infect one particular group isn’t the thing of science fiction and knowing that makes the comic all the more frightening. It’s a concept that hasn’t been used much in stories and something that deserves more attention.

Maberry peppers this science fiction with enough hints as to the real world to make the first issue all too real at times. Breakouts in immigration detention centers, actual conflicts, and a villain that probably falls in the white supremacist category add to the “realness” of it all.

The art by Alex Sanchez is good. There are interesting design and characters and what especially stands out is a break from a “standard” comic character design. Character’s faces and noses are at times rough and misshapen a little. They’re varied and with some being a more standard comic “beautiful” style one has to think this is deliberate. The color by Jay Fotos is drab adding to the melancholy feel of the comic. This isn’t so much an action comic as horror with a political spin. The art and color choice emphasize that.

The concept of the series is what stands out. Pandemica #1 is a standard gathering of the team. At times the storytelling is a bit choppy too. But, between the concept and the characters, there’s more than enough to return and check out more.

Story: Jonathan Maberry Art: Alex Sanchez
Color: Jay Fotos Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

John Lees, Ryan Lee, Doug Garbank, and Shawn Lee Roam America in Mountainhead

Mountainhead

IDW Publishing has announced Mountainhead, a five-issue comic book miniseries from writer John Lees and artist Ryan Lee, featuring colors from Doug Garbark and letters from Shawn Lee. The comic series debuts this August.

In Mountainhead, Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah roam America in a nomadic existence, convinced that they are being pursued by sinister government forces. Living off the grid, burgling houses to survive, they are unwittingly on a collision course… with the bloodied survivor of a climbing expedition gone horribly wrong. What transpires next is a psychological thriller guaranteed to quicken the pulse! “Don’t slow down. Don’t get comfortable. Don’t think you’re safe. Be ready to run.

Preview: The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2

Created by: Steve Niles, Damien Worm
Story: Steve Niles
Art: Damien Worm
Cover A: Damien Worm
Cover B: Damien Worm
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Editor: David Mariotte

The town of Gristlewood is under attack from the most powerful being it has ever seen. Vivian and Geoff take the lead in fighting the evil, but can they even begin to match its power? Or will this be the end of the October Faction?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train #4

Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train #4

Story: Bob Gale, John Barber
Script: John Barber
Art: Megan Levens
Color: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover A: Megan Levens, Charlie Kirchoff
Cover B: Philip Murphy
Incentive Cover: Alan Robinson, Charlie Kirchoff
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Editorial Assistant: Chase Marotz

Doc and the Brown family venture ever deeper into the 1939 World’s Fair as a case of mistaken identity puts Jules and Verne in the crosshairs of German spies!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Rom & The Micronauts #4 (of 5)

Rom & The Micronauts #4 (of 5)

Story: Christos Gage
Art: Paolo Villanelli
Color: Alessandra Alexakis
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: E.J. Su
Cover B: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover RI: Robert Csiki
Editor: David Mariotte

Asymmetric Warfare! Newly emerged from Microspace, Rom and the Micronauts seek out Baron Karza and his Dire Wraith allies. But it may be too late to save Earth from being consumed by a dark god from beyond our dimension!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #81

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #81

Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: Dave Wachter
Cover B: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
Retailer Incentive Cover: Mark Torres
Wasatch Comic Con Cover: Kevin Eastman
Conque Variant Cover: Humberto Ramos
Editor: Bobby Curnow

“Kingdom of the Rats,” Part 1. New York City is in ruins after the Triceraton Invasion. Various groups jockey for control in the power vacuum. But there is one who doesn’t care about power, only chaos… the Rat King! Will the TMNT be able to stop him from doing the unspeakable?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: ROM: Tales of the Solstar Order #1 Special Edition

ROM: Tales of the Solstar Order #1 Special Edition

Plot and Script: Chris Ryall & Christos Gage
Art: Guy Dorian Sr
Ink: Sal Buscema
Color: Alessandra Alexakis
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Original Series Editor: Carlos Guzman, David Mariotte
Editor: Chris Ryall

“Battle Scars!” This special re-presentation of Rom comic co-creator Sal Buscema’s storied return to the character is presented in a single issue for the first time, along with bonus art, an interview with Buscema, and other cool extras!

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80

Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Art: Brahm Revel
Color: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: Damian Couceiro
Cover B: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
Retailer Incentive Cover: Tadd Galusha
Frankies Comics Cover: Francesco Mattina
Planet Awesome Cover: Eddie Nunez
Planet Awesome Cover: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
KRS Comics Cover: Ken Lashley
Comics & Ponies Cover: Kevin Eastman
Editor: Bobby Curnow

“Invasion of the Triceratons,” Part 5 of 5. Lines have been crossed, and New York teeters on the brink of complete destruction! When the times comes, will the Turtles be able to defeat the enemy they dread to fight?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers vs. Visionaries #4

Transformers vs. Visionaries #4

Story: Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Fico Ossio
Color: David Garcia Cruz
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: Fico Ossio
Cover B: Luca Pizzari
Cover RI: Brendan Cahill, Lauren Bennett
Editors: Sarah Gaydos, David Mariotte

Leoric and Ironhide only have hours left to save Cybertron from destruction, while Virulina tries to harness the life energy of Leoric’s captured friends to accelerate the end. Now Leoric must somehow detonate the counter-wave bomb and rescue his people. And the clock is ticking.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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