Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Crossover

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters  Comic Book Crossover Sequel
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters
Comic Book Crossover Sequel
Crossover Sequel Coming

The Pop Culture Juggernauts Re-team for a 5-Week Crossover Series This November

San Diego (July 20, 2017) — This November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters reunite for an inter-dimensional comic book adventure (and probably a large pizza!) in the upcoming weekly crossover event series from IDW Publishing.

Our story begins when an old adversary traps the Turtles in a ghost dimension, as old adversaries are wont to do. However, all hope is not lost for our Heroes in Half-Shell, as New York City’s resident experts on all things spooky quickly answer the call.

The dream writing team of Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor for Ghostbusters) are back to tackle scripting duties and will be joined by lead Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening, whose animated art style has come to define the look of the Ghostbusters comics. An array of multi-talented artists with Turtles credentials are also getting in on the mass hysteria including Pablo Tunica (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), Tadd Galusha (TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything), Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and C.P. Wilson III (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters).

“When Erik and I first broached the idea of joining the TMNT with the Ghostbusters way back when, it felt like a wonderfully impossible dream,” said co-writer Tom Waltz. “Well, that dream came true with the first volume in a big way, and now I’m absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to once again help bring my two favorite quartets together for another massive comic book crossover event! And, like the first go-around, the events in this story directly flow out of and affect the storylines in both ongoing series.”

“I had such a blast working on the first crossover with Tom, and in the years since, we’ve talked about what we might do if we ever got a crack at a sequel,” said co-writer Erik Burnham. “When the opportunity came up, we didn’t even use a single one of those plans! Instead, we grabbed villains from both universes and mixed them together to form the foundation of a fun story that furthers the ongoing stories of both the Turtles and the Ghostbusters. Even better, we get some more one-on-one scenes, allowing their complementary personalities to shine and we’re beyond excited to share!”

When last the Turtles and the original ‘Busters crossed streams in 2014, the Turtles got stuck in the Ghostbusters dimension… along with a brand-new, all-powerful, all-crazy ghost from centuries past! It was met with enthusiasm from both fans and critics with IGN declaring the mash-up of proton packs and ninjutsu “hugely entertaining.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 #1 hits stores Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus

Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus Comic Book Cover

Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus Comic Book Cover
Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus Comic Book Cover
Did you not know about these. There is a series of Evil Dead 2 spin off comics by sequential art masters Space Goat Productions. I must admit that I was ignorant of their existence until their Kickstarter for the Evil Dead 2 boardgame (review coming soon).

Space Goat’s comic series see Ash Williams pit his chain saw hand and boom stick against such foes as Dracula, Jack The Ripper, Hitler and The Martians.

The latest issue sees Ash go up against a rather festive foe, in the form of Krampus!

Not wanting to give too much away we have included a page from the comic below to give you a flavour of the issue.

Find out how and where you can buy Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus direct from Space Goat

Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus
Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Krampus

An Epic Comic Book Crossover Event

The Stars Align To Bring Star Trek And Green Lantern Together This July

San Diego, CA (April 4, 2015) – IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products and DC Entertainment announced today that they will boldly go where no one has gone before…in brightest day, in blackest night. Two iconic franchises will meet this summer in a legendary crossover event with the release of a six-part comic book miniseries, STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR. Both Star Trek and Green Lantern are known for their strong cast of interstellar characters and when they come together for the first time this July, fans new and old are sure to experience a galaxy-sized thrill.

STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR is six-part monthly mini-series and will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Angel Hernandez (INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE, ARROW). STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 will be available in stores and online in July, boasting covers from Gabriel Rodriguez, Francesco Francavilla, Elsa Charretier, and Garry Brown. Following issues will feature covers from an amazing lineup that includes Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming, and more!

“We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply…logical.”

“Green Lantern is one of the most popular, storied characters in the history of comic books and a modern DC Comics icon. An entire universe of Green Lanterns and other supporting characters have grown out from his original adventures in the 1940’s, and this series really showcases the intergalactic scope of the franchise,” said Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics.

A pop culture mainstay for almost 50 years, Star Trek’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with the new feature films in 2009 and 2013. Now all Star Trek fans can watch their favorite U.S.S. Enterprise crew members meet Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps in an adventure that spans space, time and all the colors of the spectrum. Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.

TM & © 2015 CBS Studios Inc. © 2015 Paramount Pictures Corp. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About DC Entertainment?
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

Doctor Who – Prisoners of Time. Issue 3

Doctor Who - Prisoners of Time. Issue 3
Doctor Who – Prisoners of Time. Issue 3, Written by Scott & David Tipton, art by Mike Collins. IDWv

Featuring the third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, Prisoners of time is set in the UNIT era. Amidst unusually fierce and pan-global storms, the emergency call goes out to recall The Doctor to UNIT. He and Sarah Jane arrive to find The Brigadier is acting very strangely, deploying troops all over the globe without wit or reference to others, and refusing to listen to any sort of reason. Eventually he makes one decision too far, and is able to be relieved of duty.

During restraint and treatment for apparent madness, the doctor spots the tell tale signs that the brigadier has been infected and is acting as host for an alien species. Following its expulsion from its host, The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and The Brigadier set about repelling the alien invasion force…
At the time this was a trail blazing strip, and part of what eventually became the modern Doctor Who Magazine.  As a protagonist, the 3rd Doctor is interesting in how little he uses the TARDIS to achieve access to places and solve issues.
This is issue three of the series, with more to come, and part of a slew of Doctor Who reprints that IDW is issuing in the run up to the 50th Anniversary.  Each issue contains information on this, and on the history of the strip to date. At $3.99 (UK pricing varies according to the conversion rate used by your local comic shop) for the paper issue, its a worthwhile spend; story and artwork both being of an excellent standard.
From your local comic shop, digitally, or online at IDWpublishing.com

The New Ghostbusters #2 IDW ComicBook

The New Ghostbusters #2 IDW ComicBook
The New Ghostbusters #2 IDW ComicBook
So there has been an inter dimensional accident and the ghostbusters have disappeared. But all is not lost – the state of New York has found some funds and recruited a new team, but this time they are trained and (mainly) women! Following a rather degrading costume change and photo shoot the team, consisting of Staffer Janine Meinitz, FBI Agent Melanie Ortiz, Occult bookstore manager Kylie Griffin and returning tech support Ron Alexander, set off in search of a ghost in central park…

… in the meantime, in a dimension not actually that far away, the original Ghostbusters Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon are consulting their kit, and working out if its going to be possible to ‘get home’.

A nice little B strip looks at the lives of ghosts captured and trapped in the prison dimension, plus the wordy bit makes mention of Dr Who, Sandman, and Miyazaki.

This series looks to be suitably true to the Ghostbusters we all know, and is written by Erik Burnham, with art by him and Dan Schoening, and colours by Luis Antonio

Ghostbusters #2 Is released 13th March 2013

The ghost of a notorious killer has begun to haunt New York, and The New Ghostbusters have to stop him before he can pick up where he left off! Meanwhile, the Original Ghostbusters compare notes—trying to figure out where they are, and how to get home… 

Full Colour • 32 pages • $3.99

Features all-new REAL GHOSTBUSTERS 2-page back-up stories written and drawn by Erik Burnham in every issue!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Secret History of The Foot Clan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - NOT FOR CHILDREN
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – NOT FOR CHILDREN
IDW continue on their releases, and topical is as topical does, this week its the turn of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, specifically issue 3 of The Secret History of The Foot Clan. (burnham/santolouco). In this arc we get April, lots of Ninjas and those turtles. Oh and the bad guy? The bad guy is a wolf with a tiny little problem in his genetics.

In flashback we see an ancient plot take place, with the protagonist surviving only to learn of the true nature of the betrayal. From his sister.

Cut back to the Modern Day where a similar set up involves April getting a professor out of a co-ed dorm past a similarly sized group of henchmen, the turtles turning up to break her loose right at the last minute. They get them all to The Van, where Splinter is waiting, and then drive off into the To Be Continued…

All as bloody and violent as I remember them being back in the days when they were but an Australian roleplaying game. Sadly the story itself is likewise and all but non-existent. I realise that this is always a problem when you are on issue three out of four; but no amount of blood and battles in the artwork, exciting as they are to look at, can enhance the story that is as slight as this. The issue comes with multiple variant covers, and has a mere 20 pages of story to the 32 over all, leaving me feeling quite short changed.

This comic is very definitely *not* one for the children.

2000AD – Prog 1789 Preview

2000AD Prog 1789 Cover

2000AD – Prog 1789

Published by Rebellion

Next week’s issue sees the return of Ichabod Azrael, waging his war against The Hunter across time, with some startling results in the strip. Meanwhile, Dredd and his fellow Judges count the cost of the Chaos that has consumed Mega City One as they start to rebuild society with the help of some unlikely allies. And in 1947, a new three part story, a journalist is drawn into a post World War II government conspiracy with aliens in an alternate future Britain.

With much more besides, this issue is a great jumping off point if you haven’t joined The Mighty Tharg in a while.

Available from all good comic stores and newsagents on 27 June, Prog 1789 is just ?2.35 of your Earth pounds.

Green Lantern – Cinema Release

?Green Lantern? ? Review for SciFind by Matt Dillon

Green Lantern Wondercon Quad Poster
Green Lantern Wondercon Quad Poster

Where did it all go wrong for DC? Whilst Marvel have ushered in the great modern age of the superhero movie with the likes of X-Men, Spider-Man and the recent solo outings for the Avengers cast – admittedly having stolen the perfect super-movie formula from Richard Donner’s Superman in the first place – DC’s one and only victory of recent years has been Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, and even that was a gamble. Watchmen split fans, and that was based on a comic book which invented new heroes to get around DC’s preciousness; the Wonder Woman pilot was declared a failure because fans couldn’t get over her costume; and the less said about Superman Returns the better. And yet it could be argued that they have a far richer back-catalogue of source material than their rivals, employing such powerful archetypes that it’s almost impossible to get them wrong.

Almost, however, isn’t completely, and this brings us sharply to the question of Green Lantern. One of DC’s most enduring characters, writing for Green Lantern – regardless of who is wearing the ring – is hampered only by the power of imagination.? His powers come from a ring which, through a process that owes more to science fantasy than the science fiction proffered by the comic book in recent years, makes the wearer’s will manifest, as long as they don’t mind their will being all green and glowing. Warner Brothers had already had a successful stab at the character (albeit a different incarnation) as part of the main lineup in their Justice League animated series – a series which, incidentally, also made a decent go of almost every mainstream DCU character, and plenty of the second-stringers to boot – so it seemed that the Lantern would be the perfect choice to pave the way for a new generation of DC movies that, presumably, would culminate in an ensemble flick based on the Justice League itself. Fate, as it turns out, had something else in mind.

Ryan Reynolds with Blake Lively in Green Lantern

It’s not as if the film completely misfires. The first thirty minutes or so of Green Lantern seem to follow that tried and tested super-movie formula: we meet our protagonist, his love interest, his best friend and his family in short order. The protagonist gets super powers; the protagonist discovers that he has a greater purpose, and then…? Well, we all know what’s supposed to happen next. We should get a montage of super-moments, as our hero begins fighting crime and injustice, swiftly followed by the movie’s villain revealing himself. The hero will then come up against the villain swathed in overconfidence, suffer an humiliating defeat, lose all confidence, get inspired by his mentor/father figure then fly off to save his love interest (or mentor) who, in the meantime, has found themselves kidnapped by the villain. Cue an explosive final showdown, in which the hero gets whipped to within an inch of his life before snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat with one final courageous move, and an epilogue showing the hero now fully embracing his destiny and flying off into the sunset (usually straight at the camera).

Come on, that’s how superhero movies go. That’s the way they always go. It’s soft, warm and comforting, like an old blanket, and it ensures that the audience leave the cinema on a high. We want a hero with vulnerabilities, we want a sexy love interest, and we want a supremely arch villain. We want a climax that leaves us punching the air in celebration. We want a stirring score, complete with an iconic fanfare. We want Richard Donner’s Superman, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. We want goosebumps. And if Green Lantern had managed even two thirds of these criteria you might be reading a more favourable review, but it fails to tick so many boxes that what we are left with is what The Black Dog Podcast’s Lee Medcalf describes as “a collection of trailer moments” – a series of scenes strung together which, in the context of themselves, work very well, but with none of the connective tissue required to knit them together into a coherent movie.

Green Lantern

Strike one: the film cannot decide whether it wants to tell a story on a local (Earth-based) scale or a wider-reaching galactic scale. The film’s first act ends with Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) being spirited away to Oa, the planetary headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps – galactic police on the side of justice, all of whom bear a ring exactly like Hal’s. He meets a high degree of resistance, as (in yet another tired SF cliche) humans are considered “too young” and too headstrong to be worthy of joining the Corps, and is trained by a sneering instructor and then… quits. The next thirty minutes or so leave him sulking on Earth, pouting out of a series of windows like a dumped Bella Swan, whilst his fellow Lanterns (don’t bother learning their names, they have no impact on the plot) use painfully brief scenes to discover the movie’s big bad – a giant planet-eating squid standing in for comic book villain Parallax. Does this threat immediately head for earth? No. Instead, a slap-headed John Waters lookalike gets magically infected with some Parallax DNA, contracts Elephantitis, gets a little bit telepathic and throws a strop. Cue the one and only rescue scene of the movie, in which Hal saves a helicopter that’s hovering about three feet off the ground, a really uninspiring showdown, and Hal flying off to succeed where hundreds of other, more experienced Lanterns have failed. He does eventually come into contact with ?Squilactus? aka Parallax, after returning to Earth yet again, but by this time you’ve really lost interest.

Strike two: the film can’t decide whether they want to use Mark Strong’s Sinestro as a villain or a hero (he’s fulfilled both roles in comic series, albeit mainly the former) and so present him as a fairly good guy, only to give what I’m sure they were hoping would be a fan-pleasing moment twenty seconds into the end credits. If you’ve followed the comic franchise you can probably guess what this moment is, but since this incarnation of the character has been given absolutely no reason to turn against the Green Lantern Corps – he’s consumed with saving the Corps from Parallax and that, of course, has been done – it is simply one more disconnected moment, adding absolutely nothing to the film. Certainly it is sequel bait, but the film spends no time setting it up and therefore wastes it. Sinestro’s gradual fall could have made (and should have made) a fantastic plot device for this first outing. Mark Strong is exactly the arch villain that the movie is lacking, and having him on screen in such a half-hearted manner only serves to highlight what a crime that is.

Strike three: it’s in 3D. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but cinema does NOT need 3D. Since this ridiculous gimmick re-reared its ugly head a few years ago, only one movie seems to have actually had a decent use for it, and that was Tron Legacy, which used the 3D effect as subtle marker for scenes set inside the computerised world of The Grid. In the case of Green Lantern, however, it just about manages to add some depth to the space scenes, and otherwise might as well not even be there.

To give it its due, Green Lantern does contain a handful of decent crowd-pleasing moments, but they really can’t polish up the mess underneath. If the film’s horrendous pacing issues were absent it might make a decent Sunday afternoon movie for kids, but the drawn-out soul-searching and moping is far more likely to leave them bored, and the hideous plot-mangling will irritate existing fans whilst leaving newcomers completely cold. Sorry, DC, but Marvel is still the undisputed king of the comic book movie. Better luck next time.

Royal Wedding – As a Comic Book!

The Royal Wedding in 60 pages of comic book glory.
Comic Book author Rich Johnston and comic book artist Gary Erskine, bring you the wedding of the year – with the Markosia Comics release of ?Kate & William: A Very Public Love Story? on April 2nd 2011.

She was a girl from a well-to-do background – who happened to fall in love with her best friend at University. He also happened to be the heir to the throne! And as he gave her the attention of the world’s media, she gave him the one thing he never expected a normal life. See both their stories, back to back, for the first time in comic book form. From the English writer of Flying Friar, Rich Johnston, the Scottish artist of Dan Dare, Gary Erskine and the Welsh artist on Doctor Who, Mike Collins. A Special Edition to commemorate the Royal engagement and wedding.

Also it may be of interest Rich Johnston and Gary Erskine are signing said comic at Forbidden Planet London on Saturday 2nd April from 1pm. More on the FP Signing here: http://www.forbiddenplanet.com/events/

X Men: First Class & Thor Panel at London Comic Con

X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are to appear on a panel at the next MCM Expo London Comic Con, which takes place at ExCel London on 27-29 May, show organisers have announced.

A prequel to the popular superhero franchise from Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox, X-Men: First Class focuses on the relationship between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

Miller and Stentz also collaborated on the screenplay of another soon-to-be released comic book film, Thor, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, as well as sharing writing and production credits on hit sci-fi shows such as Fringe, Andromeda and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

?We?re delighted that Ashley and Zack will be part of our X-Men: First Class panel,? said MCM Expo co-organiser Bryan Cooney. ?As London?s Comic Con we play host to tens of thousands of comic book and film fans, so to have the writers of two of the biggest superhero movies of 2011 at the show is perfect.?

?Only last week we announced much-anticipated action-adventure Green Lantern as the MCM Expo?s official title sponsor, and the addition of two such talented writers helps ensure that this May?s show will be one to remember.?

For more on X-Men: First Class, visit www.x-menfirstclassmovie.com
For more on the London MCM Expo, visit www.londonexpo.com
For tickets to the London MCM Expo, visit: www.mcmexpogroup.com/store

Brand NEW Marvel animated series Wolverine And The X-Men

2009 certainly is THE YEAR of Wolverine! and Contender Home Entertainment proudly presents the first time release of the brand NEW Marvel animated series Wolverine And The X-Men. This new series has already become a hit on CBBC and releases as the much anticipated Wolverine X-Men Origins hits theatres; promising to become the next big thing on DVD.

After a mysterious explosion devastates the X-Mansion, Professor Charles Xavier and Jean Grey go missing. Leaderless and without direction, the X-Men disband and the man known as Wolverine leaves the world behind.

One year later, the once fiercely independent Wolverine must now reunite the X-Men to prevent a horrible vision of the future where the X-Men gave up on Xavier’s mission and the world fell into chaos.

With great tragedy in their past and their future, Wolverine and the X-Men must now steer the course of history away from catastrophe. If the X-Men are to stay together as a team long enough to save the world, Wolverine will have to set aside his doubts, and the loaner will have to become a leader.
As the newest installation in the franchise, Wolverine and the X-Men continues Marvel’s tradition of epic storytelling. This new animated series focuses on the most legendary of X-Men — Wolverine — and celebrates the unique qualities of the X-Universe: the action, the iconic characters and the storylines.
The DVD contains the first six episodes from Season One of the unstoppable Wolverine And The X-Men, plus a bonus episode, Wolverine Vs. Hulk, making this an essential purchase for any cartoon or comic book fan.
Get ready for some more Marvel mania this summer with this awesome new animation that?s yours to own on DVD from 27th April.

Future Cinema Watchmen Event

Watchmen Movie Poster
Watchmen Movie Poster

Quickly some WATCHMEN news, I know a lot are excited for when Watchmen comes to the cinema in the UK next month.

Just had news of an event which will be the first chance to see this WATCHMEN adaptation ahead of its UK release.

FUTURE CINEMA presents a spectacular WATCHMEN event which will take place in London on 5th MARCH 2009.

Under the archways in London’s cavernous SeOne Club FUTURE CINEMA will blend cinema, music, live performance and thearter and transport the audience into an alternate 1950s New York, where WATCHMEN characters such as Dr Manhattan, The Comedian and Rorschach?will come to life.

From the visionary director of 300, Zack Synder, WATCHMEN depicts a complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. The ?Doomsday Clock? ? which charts the USA?s tension with the Soviet Union ? is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

The WATCHMEN graphic novel, originally published by DC Comics, rewrote the rules of the comic and established a literary precedent for the art form, becoming one of Time Magazine’s ?100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.?

The FUTURE CINEMA team of performers, installation artists and set designers will capture the true spirit of both the original graphic novel and the new blockbuster film, creating a truly interactive experience. The event also boasts a very exciting surprise performance from one of the UK?s hottest bands.

Tickets for the event go on sale from 11.55pm on WEDNESDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2009 from www.futurecinema.co.uk/watchmen. The clock is ticking?.