Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This Week in Comics – Week of January 15, 2012

Featured Release: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6


Two IDW books two weeks in a row.  Wasn’t exactly intended, but if you’re of a certain generation (a geek generation, see, like our name – I’m so f’n creative!) IDW’s relaunches of titles like G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Transformers, and Star Trek has a certain appeal.  Among these new ongoing titles was 2011’s return of our favorite heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Many fans know that the Turtles originated in a dark, gritty comic book back in May 1984 as a spoof of Marvel superhero Daredevil.  Three years later, the teenage quartet we’re more familiar with were born, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle animated series premiered in December 1987.  Coinciding with the TV series was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures that I had read as a kid which mirrored the cartoon.  However, beneath the surface, the grittier title stayed alive through the creative efforts of many different writers and artists.

Last August, the Turtles received a reboot of their own as the property was handed over to IDW.  At only Issue #6, the current story arc is retelling the origins of the Turtles – which does differ quite a bit from what most of us know (hint, hint DC).  After the brothers splitting up at the beginning of the series, Issue #5 brought them back together and gave the Turtles their distinctive colored headbands.  Old Hob and General Krang aim to remove the Turtle threat by forcing them back to the genetic lab where they were created.  Will their plan succeed (probably not), check it out to see.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 arrives on store shelves today!

Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of January 15, 2012
Presented by Comixology

(Editor’s Note:  Many local comic book shops have started selling passes for MegaCon.  Pick up yours so you won’t have to wait in the long lines at the Convention Center next month!)

  1. Batman #5 (DC)
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #678 (Marvel)
  3. Avengers #21 (Marvel)
  4. Uncanny X-Force #20 (Marvel)
  5. Invincible Iron Man #512 (Marvel)
  6. Wonder Woman #5 (DC)
  7. Nightwing #5 (DC)
  8. Green Lantern Corps #5 (DC)
  9. Ultimate Spider-Man #6 (Marvel)
  10. Daredevil #8 (Marvel)
  11. Supergirl #5 (DC)
  12. Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 (DC)
  13. Uncanny X-Men #5 (Marvel)
  14. Catwoman #5 (DC)
  15. Chew #23 (Image)
  16. New Mutants #36 (Marvel)
  17. Thunderbolts #169 (Marvel)
  18. Venom #12 (Marvel)
  19. Fables #113 (Vertigo)
  20. Birds of Prey #5 (DC)

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