Holy cowabunga, Batman! It looks like the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell will be teaming up this fall in a six-issue mini-series run, announced yesterday at IDW’s San Diego Comic Con panel.
Let’s forget for a second that this is every fanboy’s fantasy. Or that it will be written by bonafide Batman writer James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, Talon) and drawn by Freddie Williams II (Robin, Flash). Or that Kevin Eastman will be doing mother effing variant covers. This is the convergence of two of the biggest and most loved fandoms ever.
This is the second DC-IDW crossover to be announced, just days after the first issue of Stark Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War launched into stores. Hint: it was great. Thanks to IDW’s wide breadth of publishing rights, new doors are opening in the crossover world. Think about what this could mean going forward. Cyborg meets Transformers? Deathstroke takes on the G.I. Joe? Jonah Hex tries to tame My Little Pony??
Lucky for us, TMNT is a franchise with a track record proving that they play well with others (Ghostbusters, X-Files), so the ninja beat em up style will be a natural fit for the two to work in tandem. Below is the official synopsis from DC of the upcoming mini-series:
In the ongoing power struggle between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, General Krang, and the Foot Clan, allegiances have shifted and the battle lines have been drawn. Krang concocts a plan to rid himself of both the Turtles and Shredder by transporting them to another dimension, where they land in the dark and dangerous streets of Gotham City. It isn’t long before they encounter Gotham’s most famous resident, Batman. The Caped Crusader may be their only hope of overcoming their enemies and getting back home. But not before they encounter a whole cast of Gotham’s most infamous rogues.
Look for the Batman/TMNT six-part series to hit stores this November.
Source: DC Comics
In an interview with IGN, Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada spilled that he has seen the new Spider-Man suit for the upcoming movie and that he loves it. “It looks awesome!” he said. “I think there are elements of it that are really going to blow people away, where they go, ‘Uh, that’s Marvel doing Spider-Man.” While he didn’t go into details about the suit, he is excited for fans to see it.
He also talked a little bit about how happy he is to see the race and gender changes Marvel has made to the characters in its comics. “I love when we do stuff like that, especially when the stories are great. I love when we twist things around and show the flexibility of our characters and how wonderful these icons are… gender switches, ethnicity changes… It’s all the beauty of the Marvel universe. To me as long as the stories are great, I’m along for the ride.” While he can’t confirm or deny any of the newer, more diverse characters getting their own movie, he says that anything is possible moving forward. If only that sentiment had followed into the upcoming Spider-Man movie, with Miles Morales in his own film.
Video and featured image by IGN.
Chewbacca’s getting his own comic?!?! How do you say “HELLS YEAH!” in Shyriiwook? Probably something close to this. Chewy has been a fan favorite ever since the original movie drop on the 70’s. His popularity has grown and sustained in the 40 years since. It comes with mild surprise, but extreme excite, that Chewy is hopping out of the co-pilot chair and taking the helm. Here’s to promises of beautiful Kashyyyk landscape panels, bowcaster action and Stormtrooper limb dismemberment!
The series will be written by Gerry Duggan (of Deadpool fame) and drawn by Phil Noto (of Black Widow fame). Black Widow doesn’t have much dialogue, so it is reassuring to know that Wookie who grunts will have a good story; Noto is a genius at telling the story through his art.
In his interview with MTV, Duggan revealed that Chewy will have a companion who speaks the native language of the planet. She will help audiences out for every ‘aaaaaaaaaaaaarggghhh’ we see. I imagine this will be similar to the current Marvel book Groot.
Chewbacca #1 will be in your local comic shop this October!
The Dark Knight Rises is arguably one of the best graphic novels of all time. Since its release, Frank Miller has revived the iconic story once in 2001 with The Dark Knight Strikes Again and he then announced the conclusion to the trilogy in April. The Dark Knight Rises: The Master Race will be out later this year in an eight issue limited series, and well-known artists Klaus Janson (The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil) and Andy Kubert (Batman and Son, Marvel 1602) will be working with Miller to bring it to life and give the game changing series an epic ending.