Like most children of the 1980’s I consumed all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles related. The cartoon, the toys, the video games…pretty much anything I could get my hands on except the comic books. I was just a little too young to know that there was life before the animated kids show. When I found out that IDW acquired the comic book rights to the original Mirage Studio output I knew I had to get in there and check it out.
I started with the lavish Ultimate Edition Vol. 1 hardcover containing the first seven issues of the run plus the Micro-Series #1 – Raphael (a self-contained story that fits in between issues #3 and #4). The art is blown up and printed in its original black and white state and after each issue there is a write up by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird discussing what was going on at that point in their publishing life. Plus, there’s almost a page by page write up about the art from the issue and the layouts. It’s a hefty ticket price of $50 dollars for 8 issues, but it’s a wealth of information.
Welcome back to another installment of our ongoing series highlighting some of our favorite and most interesting comic book panels and covers throughout the history of the medium. Today we are highlighting Issue #2 of Stephen Mooney’s two fisted adventure miniseries, Half Past Danger. This may be the perfect blending of two of my favorite genres, both film noir and pulp. It’s a stunner full of elegenance and rage all wrapped into a deceptively simple image. We are eagerly awaiting the follow up to the original series but in the meantime there’s plenty here to keep us entertained.
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How can one cover have so many ridiculously awesome things on it? I stumbled across this by accident and had to ask myself what I was looking at. An Indiana Jones pulp type character, a very 1940’s looking femme fatale, a ninja, a burning Nazi flag AND Dinosaurs? What is going on here? I didn’t know a damn thing about this comic, but you better believe I bought the first issue based on that cover alone.
Half Past Danger is a 5 issue mini series being put out by IDW, written and drawn by Stephen Mooney. If this cover excites you, do yourself a favor and pick it up. You’ll be glad you did.
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My G.I. Joe knowledge and appreciation comes squarely from the 1980’s cartoon and its toy line. They were both a pivotal part of growing up for me. Once I got back into comics and found that new G.I Joe comics existed I felt I owed it to myself to check it out. I haven’t read the original Marvel stuff but I know it’s heralded as one of the best, but I wanted something current and something fresh. Watching the old cartoon now is a bit of a letdown, I wanted G.I. Joe for adults. I looked at what current publisher IDW had to offer and was confused by what seemed like endless crossovers between their 3 main books. I was just about give up when someone recommended starting with Cobra Vol. 1 by Mike Costa. They told me it was self-contained so that’s a good start. Plus, I don’t really care about G.I. Joe, I’m a Cobra man through and through.