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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen (IDW Publishing) Dark Horse Books published in 2018 Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete CollectionThis collection includes every comic book crossover between Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s TMNT and Stan Sakai’s samurai Rabbit, from the 1987 Sakai drawn six-page “Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew”, to the 2017 Sakai designed “Namazu or the Big Fish Story”, a 40 page IDW-published single-shot.
The title is no longer correct, even though the book was a vital and rewarding one. IDW published a new TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo Crossover, the largest to date. It’s 144 pages, five issues. Where When. The book was written, illustrated and lettered (by Sakai) by Hi-Fi Desgin. Although they recognize Usagi in the pages of Namazu, otherwise, these Turtles could be any version.
The continuity is a little heavier on the Usagi side, with some surprising changes in the cast—read: deaths—in this, a crossover. This crossover is set in Usagi’s era, just before the 2014 miniseries. Usagi Yojimbo: SensoThe ronin is now a General, part of an army sent to eliminate Hijiki’s forces at the shogun’s request.
Local villagers tell Usagi that a kappa is threatening them as they prepare to set-up camp for the day. Usagi gets permission to hunt down the turtle monster. This is Staki’s version, which is a Japanese yokai.
Meanwhile, in the present, the four Turtles—”naked” compared to their current, Sophie Campbell-written IDW versions—are on the trail of a supervillain, a time-travelling cyborg Dr. WhereWhen from the future, who has come to his own past to conquer the world with his superior technology.
He decides that his robots will not be able to defeat the Turtles and flees even further back in time, to the 17th century feudal Japan or Usagi’s era. Because of the vagaries in time travel stories, WhereWhen arrived there before the Turtles and had plenty of time to build clockwork samurai, monsters and other futuristic creatures using the technology of the time.
After a brief cross-swords due to stories of kappa (this story takes place apparently 20 years after the previous TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo Crossover), General Usagi arrives to welcome his old friends and straighten out everything. WhereWhen, however, is not aware of their arrival until he sends waves after the Turtles at Lord Noriyuki’s camp. First an ambush of mogura ninjas (that’s mole-ninja) and then WhereWhen’s “Samuroids.”
They don’t just sit there, they storm WhereWhen’s Castle, finding clockwork monsters that are built to repel the Turtles. They are able to shut down WhereWhen’s operation and get his time-travel gadget, allowing them to return home.
Sakai, at this stage in his career is as accomplished as any other living cartoonist. He has drawn TMNT enough to be considered one of the best artists.
Each issue in the series featured a wraparound by Sakai as well as a variant cover by Kevin Eastman. These are all reprinted inside. There’s also one cover by Eastman and Peter Laird. This is a pretty significant deal, although it is only relegated to a fourth-issue variant.
Sarah Myer, a cartoonist who draws “Retailer Incentive”, has also created some variants. On one cover, the turtles are shown eating okonomiyaki and on another, David Petersen has drawn a cover that connects the two.
There are no Sophie Campbell-drawn variations. I’d love to see how her version of Usagi would look.
Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 28 (Viz Media) The boys, not Komi or the girls, are the ones who visit the sauna in this book. Tadano, Komi’s father…and his little brother. (Komi’s dad is too shy to spend time with Tadano alone, as it appears.) Komi’s father finally admits that they are going on this date to allow Tadano to bond with him. They kissed, despite the fact that Komi’s Dad pretended to be sick.
Komi and Tadano continue to think about kissing in this volume. They get very close on a study date with Komi, until her mother interrupts. Komi’s mother and father seem to be fond of Tadano. They even get dressed up and go with the kids on their study date, until Komi finally shoos them out.
This volume also includes new editions of Summer Uniform Grand Prix, Quiet while Studying in the Library and Wakai, who can’t speak to girls, is able to communicate with Manbagi via a loophole within his logic. Komi has to deal with a group friendly stalkers, who want to be friends, but have their own communication issues.
My Cute Littel Kitten Vol. 1Seven Seas Entertainment Yuna brings a kitten home to the apartment she shares with Rena, a college friend that she has known for years. Rena realizes the time is near for them to separate, and she prepares to let go of Yuna even though she’s in love with her.
What does this mean? She confesses: “You know…I am in love with you.” “I’m not saying it as a friend. I want you to kiss me, to sleep with me. It“Love is a kind of love”
Yuna surprises Rena by returning her feelings…sorta. Or at least, she wants to continue living together and seems willing to accept the situation, even if it means entering into a relationship with her longtime best friend and apartmentmate. She is frustrated in her attempts to consummate the relationship, whether it’s because Yuna was so drunk, she passed out, or because their new kitten, Chibi, causes trouble.
Rena and Ren decide to stay with each other, while they continue to make halting and often frustrating steps forward in their relationship. The following is a list of the most recent and relevant articles.Yuna’s cute little kitten is ready for a romantic relationship with Rena. Yuna struggles with whether she is good enough for Rena.
It’s a charming affair with a good amount of suspense, drama and tension, despite that the confession is so early in the proceedings.
Star Wars: Darth Vader—Black, White & Red Treasury Edition (Marvel Entertainment) Darth Vader’s character design is well suited to the limited-palette anthology series. He is all in black with a bright-red iconic weapon in his hands. This book is 8.7-inches wide by 13.25 inches tall and showcases the art of many artists, including Leonard Kirk, Klaus Janson and Peach Momoko. I have also heard of Alessandro Vitti or Daniel Warren Johnson.
The book’s four issues are divided so that each issue has a chapter with a longer storyline by Jason Aaron, drawn by Kirk, called “Hard Shutdown”. (Kirk, in only the fourth installment, is inked by Mark Morales), then two standalone shorts from other creators and so on. The collection follows the same formula, breaking down the Aaron/Kirk narrative with short stories.
Hard Shutdown introduces the son a doctor, who worked on Vader’s cyborg. He knows a code that can render the Star WarsInjecting the villain into a title state will completely immobilize him. The plan is to cut him up, sell his expensive parts and get rid of the galaxy’s worst villain at the same. Vader is unable to move, but his mind and Force powers are still active. He can control the tools used to cut him, throw the bodies of those who will be helping him, or even pull the ship out of the air.
Darth Vader is a powerful character, and the story is meant to show that. This is a common theme throughout the book. Vader uses his Force powers and laser sword to defeat all opponents.
It’s a miracle that Luke Skywalker, the kid, was able even to go toe to toe with Vader.
In addition to Aaron’s story, other notables include the bizarre imagery and sound effects of Johnson’s ‘Annihilated’, which features some particularly neat light sabers, as well as the “ZROWWW”, or “ZROWWW”, of a swinging light saber.
I was also interested by the cover gallery of variants, which included a contribution from Kevin Eastman. Kevin Eastman’s rendition of the Dark Lord of the Sith is depicted in black and white with the exception of the red of his blade, on what appears as snowy Hoth. I’m always curious to see Eastman’s signature drawing style applied to other characters. Darth Vader seems to be the most unlikely character for him to draw.
Punycorn (HarperColllins) Andi Watson’s newest work is a hilarious departure from his usual style of writing and even drawing. Even compared to his previous children’s work, this is a departure. It’s a cute little book and Watson’s usual charms are present, if you look harder than usual. More Here is a link to the article.
I spoke to Cleopatra In SpaceMike Maihack on his trilogy of Spider-Man comics for Abrams, at the occasion of the release the second. Spider-Man: Quantum Quest. You can read the conversation.Here is a link to the article.
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