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Cullen Bunn Announces RAZE, a New Dark Fantasy Universe

RAZE: Mother, Maiden, Crone

Cullen Bunn is bringing a new dark fantasy world to life in RAZE: Mother, Maiden, Crone. This is the first prose novella in a series, introducing Siris and Kast, a pair of cold-blooded adventurers seeking to profit from the impending apocalypse. The world of RAZE was created by Bunn and Shawn Lee, with Bunn writing the novellas.

Blood soaks the earth. The ground is carpeted in corpses. Carrion birds feast as power-crazed warlords indulge their bloodlust in never-ending battle.

An ancient convent watches over the ceaseless struggle. A sanctuary from war, the Convent of Sacred Visitation offers care, medicine, and healing to any who seek their aid. Within these walls, no creed nor code nor fealty is recognized.

Through the haze of battle, two strangers arrive at the convent’s gates. One is a healer. The other is a warrior. They have treachery, thievery, and murder on their minds.

But lies and betrayal and corruption are not unknown to the Sisterhood of Sacred Visitation. The secrets hidden in the depths of the convent have brought death to many who have sought to bring them into the light.

And an antediluvian evil is stirring in the realm—an ancient hunger roused by the ever-growing miasma of warfare, strife, and slaughter.

The time of the Razing has dawned.

RAZE is a dark story. While it’s a fantasy world, this isn’t one of dragons, dwarves, or elves. Instead, it’s an even dark version of the Dark Ages, a heavy metal “pre-apocalypse”. This is a world driven by hatred and war where heroes aren’t present. The series focuses on Siris and Kast, a pair of “self-destructive, pitiless, malicious monsters” who aren’t “seeking redemption… They serve their own lusts and desires and all else be damned.”

RAZE: Mother, Maiden, Crone is the first in a series of prose novellas set in the world of RAZE. It is also the first publication in the Pulp Monster line.

The novella will be available on November 27 for Kindle through Amazon.

Review: Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists #3

Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists #3 delivers some depth as we learn more about the characters and the town. It adds a lot to the story while also moving it along and a solid pace.

Story: Eric Palicki
Art: Wendell Cavalcanti
Color: Mark Dale
Letterer: Shawn Lee

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Zeus Comics
Scout Comics

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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Spoiler warning: This review contains mild spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Sometime in the future, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no more! Decimated by a third-generation foe, one turtle has survived and seeks his revenge. This is the tale of The Last Ronin, who travels a futuristic New York and stops at nothing and no one to avenge his fallen family. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is the highly-anticipated reunion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. You might have seen this reunion hinted at on Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us. I know I was excited about this book.  I have very few complaints about The Last Ronin. Let’s get the good stuff out of the way first.

It’s an exciting story, fast-paced, gritty, and heavy on the action. We don’t know yet how Splinter and the Turtles died and it’s not necessary for the first issue to show all of its cards yet. Instead, this issue focuses on our survivor and how there are not many obstacles that will stop his justice. It’s a bit difficult to get too much into who the Ninja Turtle is but I figured it out really quick and I feel like the reader will, too. And in saying that, there’s a tiny amount of hardship in talking about this book without taking away the surprise from those experiencing it. I was very happy that the one I wanted to be the surviving Turtle was the one who stars in it and it ends up feeling like the best-case scenario. And no lie: it’s great to know that Eastman and Laird were able to both come back for another TMNT project. Eastman has always been here but both creators have history, maybe had too much, but it’s good to see them going all-out with this project.

Stories like this always run the risk of being pretty much worthless and just throwing a ton of future versions of legacy characters at the hero. I don’t know what the next few issues are going to be like but I don’t see new versions of all of the big bads being represented. Visually, I think it looks great for a TMNT book. Not knocking previous artists who have worked on the various Ninja Turtles books, but Eastman and Co.’s art style fits perfectly with the story. The colors are on-point and the lettering isn’t blocking anything critical. I liked the art more than the writing, but not by much.

My negatives would be that it’s so action-packed that it almost feels like a fight for nearly the entire issue. Having read this issue twice, I’m just not sure how to feel about it. It just seems like at some point in The Last Ronin that one issue is going to have the burden of explaining a lot about what went down. Another thing is that there’s a feeling that I’ve seen this play out before in other books. It doesn’t reek of 100% originality. The Last Ronin really feels like the Turtles are back to their original inspirations and it has a bit of a Dark Knight Returns feel to it. I’m actually trying hard to be overly critical because of how I felt about this. Maybe I’m being nit-picky.

Point blank reaction: I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I’ve started reading through IDW Publishing’s TMNT books and while I haven’t read it all, The Last Ronin reads like one hell of a sendoff. I do wonder how hard this will be to actually get. Word is the print run was cut short and some shops think their full orders won’t be filled. There are also around 70 variants out there for this book. This is definitely a read but I think it’s good enough to purchase. I feel like a lifetime of enjoying the various incarnations of the TMNT, whether it’s been comics, cartoons, or movies, has prepared me for this moment where they are down to one against all the evil in the world. Maybe it’s cliche but The Last Ronin is an absolute blast.

Story:  Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Script: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman
Layouts: Kevin Eastman Pencils/inks: Esau
Escorza, Isaac Escorza Page 39 art: Ben Bishop
Colors: Luis Antonio Delgado Color Assistance: Samuel Plata Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow Additional Editorial coordination: R.G. Llarena
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is Over 130,000 Copies Ordered and Gets a Second Printing

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, a comic book miniseries three decades in the making from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird has shattered expectations and is seeing pre-orders of over 130,000 copies for the first issue. It comes to comic shops on October 28th, 2020.

IDW has immediately commissioned a TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 “Thank You” Variant Edition to be provided to all retailers who placed orders for the First Printing via Diamond Comic Distributors. The rare black-and-white cover edition will feature a foil logo cover enhancement sure to make it a hot collectible. Full details on the “Thank You” edition will be provided to retailers through distributor communications.

IDW has also committed to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Second Printing featuring a re-colored variant of the artwork by Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, and Isaac Escorza. Slated for release on December 2nd, the Second Printing is now listed via Diamond for retailer pre-order (Item Code: SEP208135, UPC 82771401991900112).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin takes place in a future New York City far different from the one we know today, where a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. An epic five-part miniseries, The Last Ronin is based on an unpublished 1987 story concept by Eastman and Laird, with script by Waltz, layouts by Eastman, pencils and inks by Esau and Isaac Escorza, colors by Luis Antonio Delgado, letters by Shawn Lee, and edits by Bobby Curnow. Each issue is oversized at 7” x 11” and 48 pages in length

Review: Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists #2

Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists #2 takes us more into the mysterious town and the secrets it hides. The series feels like “Walking Tall” meets “The Lost Boys.”

Story: Eric Palicki
Art: Wendell Cavalcanti
Color: Mark Dale
Letterer: Shawn Lee

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Zeus Comics
Scout Comics

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Find Out Why Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists this August

Drifter Lucas Lewis arrives in Atlantis County, Oregon expecting little more than a hot meal and a soft bed for the night. Instead, he finds a town in thrall to a corrupt sheriff who’s used the very real threat of vampires lurking in the nearby wilderness to consolidate his power and control the population. Determined to rid Atlantis of both its power-mad sheriff and the monsters in the forest, but nothing is ever at it seems and neither is Lucas. Join Lucas in his quest to return law and order and return Atlantis to the hands of its townsfolk.

Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists is out this August from writer/creator Eric Palicki, artist Wendell Cavalcanti, colorist Mark Dale, letterer Shawn Lee, and covers by Caspar Wijngaard, and publisher Scout Comics.

Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists

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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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

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