24: Underground #1
Story By: Ed Brisson
Art By: Michael Gaydos
Publication Date: Wed, April 23rd, 2014
The wait is over and Jack Bauer is back and better than ever from his four year hiatus in the new comic mini-series, 24: Underground. After the cliff hanger we were left with in the series eight finale in 2010, this comic picks up in Odessa, Ukraine with Borys (Jack) and his new found life working in a Russian shipyard.
Early in the comic, a young man by the name of “Roman” has a heated run-in with the Russian mafia over unsettled debts that lead to a deadly outcome. Petro is introduced and is chosen by the mafia to pay for his younger brothers debts. Little does the Russian mafia know that Petro works with Borys and is trained for situations like this. As hard as Borys tries to forget his past life, he still has the instincts of a CGI agent, and will do anything it takes to bring the bad-guy down. In order to assist with his friend and get out of this financial calamity, Borys and Petro hijack a highly profitable truck full of methylamine, used in poisonous gas and crystal meth. The CIA gets sight of the methylamine interception in Ukraine and closely analyzes the video footage of the hijacking. The closer they look, they realize it is Jack Bauer, the CGI, FBI, and CTU’s most wanted terrorist that has been on the run for four years.
This comic picks up perfectly where the show left off and in the short thirty-three pages in this graphic depiction, my body was induced with a cold sweat that reeked of anxiety and intensity that 24 is known for. This is the first issue of the series and sets up the rest of the mini-series nicely with the time absorbing life and death situations that make the audience want more. The crowd will continue to root for Jack Bauer and will keep them on the edge of their seat until the next issue is released. This series ties in where the TV show left off and will pick up on May 5th. I really enjoyed the show and am looking forward to the remaining issues of this series, and most importantly how Jack’s life will evolve in another country. I am giving 24: Underground 4 out of 5 NerdSkulls.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33
Story By: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz.
Art By: Mateus Santolouco
Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo return in this week’s IDW issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33. Returning to their humble abode in the rip roaring streets of New York City, the mutant gang is a little rusty in their tracks and looking to get some practice in before they face off with The Foot and arch-nemesis, Shredder. Meanwhile, April and Casey are hitting a rough patch with their relationship as Casey lost his hockey scholarship and hockey abilities from previous confrontation with Shredder.
Karai is introduced in this issue as Shredder leaves New York City momentarily and will be overseeing all duties for the Foot. Hun is under the wing of Shredder and, doing his best to follow his evil methodology, is on the lookout for his son (Casey) and the turtles. Hun runs into a local diner that Casey is at often and ends up causing quite an uproar with all employees and customers in attendance. Casey runs into his devilish father, Hun, and doesn’t agree with his diabolical mindset and future goals. Hun would prefer Casey give into the Foot and join their ranks, instead of facing Shredder head on again. Hun and Casey argue about the future of their family and how Shredder must be stopped, but Hun cannot afford to lose his life and rank with the Purple Dragons. Casey doesn’t agree with his father’s viewpoints and they choose to go their separate ways.
I really liked the buildup dialogue in this comic and what the future releases will bring for this cast of characters. The use of dark colors was well implemented and introducing more human characteristics to the TMNT was well done and gave a more acceptable appearance, compared to other comic depictions. I think the best part of this issue is the conflicting relationship between father and son (Hun + Casey) and how it will turn into a major blood bath in the upcoming issues. This was a diverting read and let my mind ponder the early 90’s when the cartoon was a huge success on TV and the Turtles were hitting the big screen for the first time. This series will be a great development in the summer months and will transition smoothly with Michael Bay’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film coming out August 8th, 2014. I am giving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33 3.5 out of 5 NerdSkulls.