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Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The T-800, last hope of his kind, has travelled back to 1984 to destroy the Cybertronians before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

Tom Waltz (Author) Kevin Eastman (Artist) Dave Wachter (Cover Artist) Michael Dialynas (Artist) Mateus Santolouco (Artist) Dan Duncan (Artist) Cory Smith (Artist)

Concluding the epic “City At War” storyline, issue #100 brings nearly eight years of action-packed continuity by TMNT co-creater Kevin Eastman and series co-writer Tom Waltz to its dramatic finale. Featuring art by Dan Duncan, Dave Wachter, Sophie Campbell, Mateus Santolouco, and more.

But that’s not all. In addition to the landmark issue, join TMNT scholar Patrick Ehlers for a review of the road to 100 issues through an in-depth look at everything that came before. This authoritative study of IDW’s TMNT continuity is the perfect companion for such a notable comic book milestone, bringing the story into sharp focus for new fans or readers that have been there since the start.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

The Last Ronin Takes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Into a Dark Future

Springing from a lost 1987 storyline by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the much-anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin will be available this summer from IDW Publishing in an epic oversized five-issue miniseries!

In a future New York City far different from the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, atmospheric inks from Andy Kuhn, and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories that fans will ever read.

In his own words, Kevin Eastman reflects on the conception of this important TMNT milestone:

About ten years ago, I re-discovered a twenty page outline for a TMNT story that Peter and I wrote together back in 1987. The story was set thirty years in the future, which (as written then) was set in 2017. Reading through it again, I drifted back to a very different time in TMNT history — back when it was all about the comics, mostly just Peter and I writing and drawing the issues, pre-everything the world would soon come to know about these characters that we’d created and called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

It has been an INCREDIBLE thirty-six year journey, thanks to the brilliant talents of so many that brought new visions and TMNT stories to life, and especially the fans who supported all of them. Nine years ago, I was invited back into the TMNT comic universe, via my friends at IDW Publishing. Aside from the original run with my friend and co-creator Peter Laird, working on the IDW TMNT universe has been the best time I have had with the Turtles for a very, VERY long time.

A little over a year ago, as the ongoing series headed towards issue one hundred, I showed a rough revised and updated version of the story outline (now set in the year 2040) to Tom Waltz, who equally fell in love with the possibilities of it. The Last Ronin is a heartfelt love poem to all the TMNT universes of the past, and offers up an intense look at one possible future — firmly based on and adapted from an original thirty-three year-old idea, from the original creators.

Trust me — Tom, Andy, and I have just started on a two-hundred page journey… and it IS going to be one HELL of a ride…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Kevin Eastman and two Retailer Incentive editions by Eastman and Mateus Santolouco. Each issue is a blockbuster 48 pages and 7.5×11 trim size!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Kevin Eastman (Author) Tom Waltz (Author) Michael Dialynas (Artist, Cover Artist) Dave Wachter (Artist) Mateus Santolouco (Author, Artist) Marcelo Costa (Colorist)

Abandon all hope… as the most infamous villain in the Turtles’ universe, Shredder, returns!

Oroku Saki’s death is just the beginning, and his journey through the depths of the underworld proves to be anything but a divine comedy. How much of Shredder’s soul will remain after he faces the horrors of helland as his twisted path leads him deeper through the underworld, will he be able to survive an onslaught of demonic forces? Or, more importantlythe truth revealed about his own soul?!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

Tom Waltz (Author) Kevin Eastman (Artist) Dave Wachter (Cover Artist) Michael Dialynas (Artist) Mateus Santolouco (Artist) Dan Duncan (Artist) Cory Smith (Artist)

Concluding the epic “City At War” storyline, issue #100 brings nearly eight years of action-packed continuity by TMNT co-creater Kevin Eastman and series co-writer Tom Waltz to its dramatic finale. Featuring art by Dan Duncan, Dave Wachter, Sophie Campbell, Mateus Santolouco, and more.

But that’s not all. In addition to the landmark issue, join TMNT scholar Patrick Ehlers for a review of the road to 100 issues through an in-depth look at everything that came before. This authoritative study of IDW’s TMNT continuity is the perfect companion for such a notable comic book milestone, bringing the story into sharp focus for new fans or readers that have been there since the start.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Road to 100 Deluxe Edition

Review: Transformers vs. Terminator #1

TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR #1

1984 was a pretty important year with so many of today’s beloved pop culture properties debuting during that year. Transformers and The Terminator were two of them and 36 years later, the two properties meet in this new miniseries. Transformers vs. Terminator #1 delivers an interesting debut that’s a twist on the classic story. Unfortunately, something falls a little short in the actual delivery.

David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, and John Barber all contribute to the story with Mariotte and Barber credited as writing it. It’s a familiar story with a warrior from the future sent back in time to prevent an apocalypse. In this case, a Terminator is sent back to protect Skynet from its enemies, Transformers. It’s a twist on the original story putting Skynet in the role of the resistance. Sarah Conner is involved still and the Terminator is the T-800 version, though the likeness to Arnold is… not close.

By trying to give us a twist on the original film, the first issue feels like a bad copy devoid of original and interesting ideas. Compare that to the recent crossover between Transformers and Ghostbusters which was packed with them. And that’s part of the problem with this debut. The entire comic feels “not close.”

There’s clunky dialogue. The sequence of events is a bit choppy. There’s just a lot there that feels off like an odd generic version of the classic. The story easily could have been the Resistance we knew taking on a Skynet/Transformers alliance but instead it delivers a “no matter who wins, we lose” storyline. There’s hints of something really cool here but as delivered it falls flat. The cool factor isn’t there, even if the concept is a childhood mash-up.

Part of the issue is the art by Alex Milne. While the Transformers look fantastic, the T-800 is bad. There’s attempts to make it look like the original film but it just doesn’t work. Add in the attempt to translate Arnold’s awkward delivery and it’s art that’s either exciting or feels like a comedic take.

Transformers vs. Terminator #1 should be an easy one to nail down. But, this debut stumbles from the beginning. From bad dialogue to at times iffy art, there’s just so many crossovers for both properties that’s better and more worth your time.

Story: David Mariotte, Tom Waltz, John Barber
Written: David Mariotte, John Barber
Art: Alex Milne Color: David Garcia Cruz: Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Turtles confront Old Hob and challenge his vision of a Mutant Town under his control and the startling secret of his new enforcers is revealed! It’s a pivotal moment for the Mutanimals, Mutant Town, and all mutantdom!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Turtles confront Old Hob and challenge his vision of a Mutant Town under his control and the startling secret of his new enforcers is revealed! It’s a pivotal moment for the Mutanimals, Mutant Town, and all mutantdom!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104
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