Heroes & Villains: ‘TMNT’ #100, Joe Hill’s ‘Dying is Easy’ #1

It’s a double dose of IDW comic in this week Heroes & Villains column! At the risk of sounding like an IDW plant or shill, they’ve consistently been one of my favourite publishers over the last several years ever since they absolutely nailed the Transformers comics they’ve produced. Admittedly, it took me a couple years to catch on but once I did…I found the Transformers comics I’d always wanted.

Now, on to the new stuff!

100-cover-collageTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100
Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman (W)
Dave Wachter & Mateus Santolouco (A)

Of all the things I was super into as a kid, I’m super glad that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have endured. I’m also astounded that with every generational refresh the franchise gets the Turtles to continue to thrive. To try and pin down their appeal to both kids and adults is impossible, you just have to accept that they’re here and are always going to be.

On stands NOW is the landmark 100th issue of IDW’s TMNT book. Questions are answered! Answers are questioned! Nothing will ever be the same after this issue! In brief, it’s the perfect 100th issue in every sense. Plus, it’s got everything a Turtles fan could ask for but it doesn’t feel like fan service.

I grew up on the Mirage TMNT books, having discovered them at my local comic shop after I bypassed the more cartoon-like Archie Comics take on the characters. I was overjoyed when the first TMNT movie followed the source material over the cartoon and I was totally that kid at recess that tired to explain that the movie was correct and the cartoon had gotten it “wrong.” Kevin Eastman has been heavily involved in the creation of the IDW book which has been consistently great and it really feels like a book that’s bridging the gap between the Mirage comics days and the cartoons that so many of us grew up on.

Possibly my favourite part of this book is the cover that Eastman and TMNT co-creator Peter Laird collaborated on which was their first work together in quite some time. Great stuff!

A review copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 was provided by the mean, green, mutant team at IDW and will be available for purchase TODAY at IDW Publishing and wherever print and digital comics are sold. Or, support your local comic shops using www.comicshoplocator.com.

Cover.jpgDying Is Easy #1
Joe Hill (W)
Martin Simmonds (A)

It felt like there hadn’t been any Joe Hill comics in a while but then within weeks of each other we get a new Locke & Key one-shot and this book, Dying is Easy. It’s no secret that a lot of Hill’s work has trafficked in the supernatural horror genre (which I’ve dug) but I’m interested to see what his take on the hard-boiled detective genre is going to be like.

Syd “Shit-Talk” Homes is an ex-cop and current stand up comedian who, as luck would have it, gets involved with a murder investigation. The humour in the book is super dark which I appreciated and Simmonds’ artwork is fantastic. The art is akin to the neon-soaked colour palette of a Nicolas Winding Refn film mixed with Ben Templesmith’s work on the Image Comics series Fell. In brief, it’s a cool looking book.

Dying is Easy has a strong first issue for a five-issue limited series and it’s one of those books with a character that I could see the creative team dipping back into from time to time (fingers crossed).

A review copy of Dying is Easy was provided by the fine folks at IDW and will be available for purchase at IDW Publishing RIGHT NOW and wherever print and digital comics are sold. Or, support your local comic shops using www.comicshoplocator.com.


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