Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens Crossover Coming Summer 2016

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 12, 2016.

During the Dark Horse panel at Emerald City Comic Con, it was announced that Dark Horse, IDW, and 2000 AD will be teaming up to create a comic book crossover mini-series this summer, titled, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. John Layman (Chew) will be writing the series, alongside artist Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), while Glenn Fabry (Preacher) will provide the covers.

Here’s a description of the crossover from Dark Horse’s official press release:

“The crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens!

Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull!

A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!”

“We open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey,” said Layman in an interview with io9. “He’s crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies—including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course. Then shit gets nuts!”

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1 will hit stands on July 27, 2016.

Source- io9

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IDW Announces Bebop And Rocksteady Destroy Everything Miniseries

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 26, 2016.

IDW Publishing has announced via AV Club, that the Shredder’s mutant henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady will be headlining their very own five-part weekly miniseries.

The miniseries titled Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything will be written by Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates. Bates will do the art for the first issue while each subsequent issue will have a different artist attached to it. Issue #2 will be drawn by Sophie Campbell and Giannis Milonogiannis, #3 by Damian Couceiro, #4 by Nick Pitarra, and #5 by Ryan Browne.

This series claims to be “the most ambitions event yet” according to the A.V. Club. The story will be filled with time travel as the duo will be touching down in a variety of time periods and interacting with their past selves, baby ninja turtles, soldiers during WWII, and even the far future, where they might or might not still exist. It promises to be a fun ride where the fate of the universe is put in the hands of none other than Bebop and Rocksteady.

TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1

Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)
After their defeat in TMNT #50, the dull-witted Bebop and Rocksteady, everyone’s favorite warthog and rhino mutants, are feeling dejected and without purpose. However, when they stumble across a time-travel scepter, they realize that their craziest, most destructive adventure awaits! Will the universe survive?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The image below makes up the covers drawn by Pitarra, of the first four issues that individually interlock together.

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Bebop And Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1 will launch in June, 2016 just in time for Bebop And Rocksteady’s cinematic debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on June 2, 2016.

Source- AV Club

REVIEW: Back to the Future #1

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on November 2, 2015.

With the thirtieth anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy and the passing of Back to the Future day (10/21/15 the date that they traveled to in Back to the Future Part II), IDW comics has decided to celebrate the occasion by releasing their newest comic series based on the beloved films.

Back to the Future #1 by IDW delivers two standalone flashback stories done by Bob Gale, the writer of the Back to the Future trilogy, and several co-writers and artists.

The first story by Gale, co-writer John Barber, and artist Brent Schoonover opens with Doc Brown and his family from the events in the Old West at the end of the third movie. While working on an invention, Doc tells his children the story of how he first met Marty McFly, a few years before the events that occurred in the first film.

The second story by Gale, co-writer Erik Burnham, and artist Dan Schoening centers around Doc Brown’s early days as a teacher trying to get invited into a top-secret think tank project during World War II despite his reputation for eccentricity.

Both stories were quite enjoyable. It was a really smart decision to get Gale to work on this series. He captures the essence of what made the movies great and manages to perfectly translate it to page along with his team of creators. It also helped that when I read the stories, I imagined the voices of Doc Brown and Marty in the dialog (and occasionally in Rick and Morty’s voices as well) which to me is always a good sign that they got the characters and story right.

Out of the two stories, I personally enjoyed the first one more because I felt that it had stronger writing and it also answered a question that I was always curious about–How did these two meet and how did they become such close friends? I’ll admit the art on this one wasn’t the best and Marty looked kinda generic and nothing liked his movie counterpart but then again, he is supposed to be a few years younger so I guess it sort of makes sense in a way. For the second story I felt the complete opposite. I personally enjoyed the art more than the story itself. Everything and everyone looks so alive and vibrant compared to the first story. The story itself was good but I felt like it just wasn’t as engaging as the first one and it didn’t feel like there was a clear resolution at the end.

VERDICT

Back to the Future #1 is an incredibly fun blast to the past that recaptures the magic of the beloved movies and the characters. While the two stories are not perfect by any means, they both deliver some interesting bits that will make you want to pick up the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend this as a must read for any fan of the franchise.

FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10

REVIEW: ONYX #1: The Space Knight Cometh

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on July 5, 2015.

There’s nothing that I love more than a good ole sci-fi story, especially one centered on a bada** looking space knight.

Onyx #1, by writer Chris Ryall and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, is the first of a four-part mini-series released by IDW Publishing. The story so far focuses on a diverse team of earth soldiers being dispatched to deal with two mysterious meteors that landed in a jungle on earth near some sort of unknown “asset” that they seem more interested in protecting than human life. One of the meteors is actually Onyx, an alien warrior hunting down a parasitic creature that’s come to earth. With a dangerous being like this now on earth, will Onyx save the human race from this threat or will she sacrifice our entire race just to destroy it for good?

Onyx appears to have taken inspiration from several different sci-fi franchises. Halo and Metroid being the two in particular that stand out the most to me with the earth space marines, alien virus assimilating organisms, laser sword, and the female warrior in the alien battle power armor.

When I saw the cover for this, I was drawn in immediately but was unfortunately left slightly disappointed.

The cast feels sort of bland so far. The military grunts have a few distinguishing characteristics between them but nothing really too special and I’ve already started guessing which of them will be killed off in future issues. Onyx herself just feels like she’s only there to mostly provide exposition in the first issue. But the worst thing about this book in my opinion, is the dialogue. It feels so clunky, stilted, and sometimes unnatural. The characters felt like they were speaking in a silver or bronze age comic. I don’t know if that was what the creators were going for, but it really didn’t work for me.

It wasn’t all bad though. The art is quite stunning. Future earth does look pretty good for what little bit of it we see and the jungle looks almost like something from an Alien movie which sets a clear tone for the story. The characters may not be all that impressive yet, but they are all visually distinguishing especially Onyx and her awesome looking armor. Even the creatures infected by the alien virus all look diverse and amazing.

VERDICT

Onyx #1 was a let down with it’s bad dialogue and bland characters. It may not be the most interesting or engaging first issue that I’ve ever read but there are still some good things about it here or there but not enough to make up for the bad. Hopefully this series will start to improve when the remaining three issues come out but so far, not a good first impression.

FINAL SCORE: 5.5 out of 10