Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Ongoing) #23 Solid 5 out 5!

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood


I have sung the praises of TMNT and IDW a lot these past few months. Honestly I want to be the one to say “This Book Sucks!”  But I can’t.

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It would be an outright lie if I told you I hated this series and there is no reason to say that. TMNT has been the most consistent story and solid read for months now. Their spin-off one shots are masterful and each color classics makes me happy that I can still say that I love being a turtle fan.

The issue in question made me grab my mouth a few times in that “OMG” type moment, something films have left me not doing in a long time. This issue continues and ties in two other one shots “Old Hob” and “the secret origins of the Foot Clan”. (Both I highly recommended)


Casey is near death and Leo kidnapped, this is how we start this issue and from here on in it goes straight into the pits of hell.  The Remaining Turtles lead by Master Splinter search for Leo as Casey fights to stay alive.

This Issue is striking and gripping and all within 32 pages. I think Marvel and DC need to read what a solid book looks like!

This is a no brainier 5/5 and a must add to your pull list.

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TMNT (Ongoing) #23
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Santolouco, Mateus
Cover Artist: Eastman, Kevin
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Publisher: IDW
Diamond Id: APR130356
Format: COMIC
Price: $3.99
UPC: 82771400271302311

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review: TMNT Color Classics Leonardo

TMNT color classics Leonardo

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood


So what are the color classics you ask? The color classics are taking Eastman and Laird’s classic comics and making them in living color. Does it hinder or does it help the comic? Personally I think it helps bring a new dimension to the comic and the colors aren’t done like its 2013,it just seems to fit nicely. As for the story, it is set on Christmas Eve and stars Leonardo who is out fighting for his life in the middle of a NYC snow storm, while the rest of the turtles are getting Christmas ready with April. It is a great contrast from the mundane silliness and the very real violence of the foot and shredder.This comic is perfectly done (of course it’s about 20 + years old already) reading these color classics makes me remember what it was like reading these comics when they first came out.

If you are a TMNT fan or a vintage comic collector this one shot is a must buy 4/5. I hope that parents who have children who enjoy the new TMNT cartoon will hopefully seek out some comics for their kids to read and this should be on the list.

Battle Beasts Series 1 Hits Toys “R” Us with New Battle Beasts Animated Short!

The Toys “R” Us-exclusive assortment of Battle Beasts Minimates has started to pop up in stores, and Diamond Select Toys is celebrating with a new stop-motion animated short film!

Featuring alternate paint schemes from the specialty assortment, as well as two different characters, fans of the existing figures will want to expand their Battle Beast collections with this new batch of Beasts from Toys “R” Us! The line-up includes:

– Vorin the Ram vs. Scorpus the Scorpion (new decos)
– Merk the Falcon vs. Spidron the Tarantula (new decos)
– Gruntos the Walrus vs. Scalpus the Snake (new decos)
– Antalor the Moose vs. Nychirix the Bat (exclusive)

Check out the animated short by Alex Kropinak featuring all of these characters below! If you like what you see, pick up the Battle Beasts comics and graphic novel from IDW Publishing!



Port Strike Delays Some December IDW Releases

Port Strike Delays Some December IDW Releases Publisher Clarifies What the Delay Means for Fans and Retailers

San Diego, CA (December 12, 2012) – In the wake of the strike that closed the L.A.-Long Beach Port last week, IDW regrets to inform fans and retailers that some of the titles scheduled for release on December 19, 2012 will not be available for purchase until January 2 or, in some cases, January 9, 2013.

Additionally, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN #1, originally scheduled for release on December 26, 2012, will be moved to January 9, 2013.

Along with the time lost by the strike at America’s largest cargo shipping complex, the impact of this delay is furthered by the holiday schedule of IDW’s global distributor. As Diamond Comic Distributors does not ship books during the last week of December, IDW will miss out on a last opportunity to get the December 19 and 26 books to retailers and fans before the New Year.

“It’s frustrating to have circumstances be out of our control,” said IDW’s CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “It’s a shame to be unable to get these books—which were completed well in advance of their ship date—in the hands of fans and retailers. Fortunately, however, we’re still left with a very strong slate of titles to finish out 2012 and lots of great books for everyone to enjoy in the New Year.”

Below is a list of the revised release dates for the titles in question.

IN-STORES 12/19 Archie: Best of Dan DeCarlo, Vol. 1 TPB Classic Popeye #5 Joe Palooka #1 Judge Dredd #2 Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland HC Killogy #2 Locke & Key: Ω #2 Magic: The Gathering – The Spell Thief #3 2nd Print Mars Attacks #6 Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #20 Sparrow Box Set Star Trek 100 Page Winter Spectacular Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 Star Trek: TNG: Hive #3 TMNT Classics, Vol. 3 TPB Top 100 Fantasy Movies Transfusion #2 Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #12 True Blood: Where Were You HC

IN-STORES 1/2 Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 14 HC Doctor Who #4 Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms HC G.I. JOE: Cobra #20 G.I. JOE/Danger Girl #5 Godzilla #8 Godzilla: Half-Century War #4 Mars Attacks Popeye One-Shot My Little Pony #1 2nd Print My Little Pony #1 Complete Box Set 2nd Print My Little Pony #2 Star Trek Ongoing #16 Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots #2 Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 2 TPB Transformers: Prime Season 2 TPB Wallace Wood: Woodwork HC

IN-STORES 1/9 Adventures of Augusta Wind #3 Classic Jurassic Park, Vol. 5 TPB Classic Popeye #6 G.I. JOE: Cobra Son of the Snake TPB Gil Kane’s Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition HC The Hollows #2 Jinnrise #1 Joe Palooka #2 Kiss #7 Li’l Abner, Vol. 5 HC Love and Capes: What to Expect #6 Mars Attacks Kiss One-Shot Popeye, Vol. 1 TPB TMNT Adventures, Vol. 3 TPB TMNT: Color Classics #7 TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 Transformers: Regeneration One #87 Transformers: Robots in Disguise #13 Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker

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Explore THE HIGH WAYS with John Byrne!

IDW Announces New Creator-Owned Series from the Comics Legend!



Continuing their ongoing partnership with legendary comics creator John Byrne, IDW Publishing is beyond pleased to announce THE HIGH WAYS, a brand-new, starbound adventure series written and drawn by Byrne!

THE HIGH WAYS follows the exploits of a spirited young man named Eddie Wallace. Hungry for the brand of wild adventure only available off-planet, Eddie joins up with a crew of a rock-hopping freighter, eager to see what lies beyond the clouds. As these things tend to go, however, everything in these early days of interstellar travel isn’t quite what it seems as intrigue and mystery abound.

“This evolved into something a bit more like Dan Dare, the British sci-fi strip so beloved from my childhood and early teens. I liked the idea of playing in that “old time sci-fi” kind of milieu, where all the adventures took place within the Solar System, and where life — even intelligent, humanoid life — was to be found everywhere,” said Byrne before adding an extra tidbit for his fans. “I decided this takes place in the Next Men “universe” –though in the altered timeline our heroes created when they wiped out Project Next Men. The time is eighty or ninety years in the Future, roughly, and a central character of the first arc is Eddie Wallace, who appeared briefly in the previous series.”

Another in a long line of fruitful partnerships with the iconoclastic Byrne, IDW is immensely proud of THE HIGH WAYS’ high adventure and exciting future series yet to come!

“I’ve found John Byrne’s boundless creativity, wealth of ideas and his ability to consistently deliver high-quality comics on time to be pretty much unmatched over the course of our six-plus years of working together,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and I’m happy to continue that with The High Ways. 2013 is going to be a big year for John Byrne and IDW, with John prepping two new series to roll out later in ’13 as well.”

THE HIGH WAYS #1 (of 4) (FC, 32 pages, $3.99) in stores 1/16/13.

Comics Corner #17

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week features a little bit of everything for the big cross-over events with Avengers vs. X-Men #9 and Ultimate Spider-Man #13, super heroics in Peter Parker, Spider Man #156.1, World Finest #4 and Earth2 #4. And finally we stray away from the world of the superhero with Sweet Tooth #36, Mondo #3 and Double Jumpers #2! There’s only one way to find out who made to the Top of the Stack and it’s here, inside the Comics Corner!

Comics Corner #16

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week is filled with plenty of surprises from the Top of the Stack all the way down to an impromptu rant on the new Star Wars comic from Dark Horse! In between we talk a look at Amazing Spider-Man #690, Aquaman #11, The Flash #11 as well as a pair of Star Wars titles in Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4 and Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1. And don’t forget about Super Dinosaur #12 and Venom #21. Who climbed to the Top of the Stack and what do you think about this new Star Wars series? Is it the beginning of the great Expanded Universe reboot? It all awaits you in this week’s Comics Corner!

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This week’s Comics Corner featuring plenty of superheroes from both DC and Marvel.  There’s Amazing Spider-Man #688 and since one Spider-Man is never enough there’s also Spider-Men #2.  From the New 52 we’ve got Justice League #10 and Justice League member titles with Flash #10 and Aquaman #10.  The project gets a whole lot more entertaining in Manhattan Projects #4 and we finish up with some sci-fi goodness from Star Trek #10 and Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #3.  Tune in to find out which of these comics made all the way to the Top of the Stack!

Comics Corner #11

Welcome to the Comics Corner!  There’s a long list of comics to get through this week and the debut of a new segment: ‘Good, but not good enough’!  What comics are on the chopping block this week and what comics continue to impress?  The world didn’t end with new Watchmen material last week but can it survive the collision of the Traditional and Ultimate Marvel Universes?  And what is the deep, dark secret of the Wayne family?  Find the answers to these burning questions, as well as the reveal of the comic at the Top of the Stack, in this week’s Comics Corner!