Nerdlocker Comic Book Reviews – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Secret Avengers and More!

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TMNT New Animated Adventures #1
Writer: Byerly, Kenny
Artist: Brizuela, Dario
Cover Artist: Brizuela, Dario
On Sale Date: July 10, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing

This first issue of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic that’s based on the new Nickelodeon cartoon series is off to a good start. Writer Kenny Byerly did a great introductory in showing each character’s quirkiness. It was a good representation on the beloved turtles that was very reminiscent to the old 80’s series that I grew up watching.

Brizuela’s artwork really brought a perfect feel to it as if it was an episodic extension of the cartoon series. There is a terrific amount of action which builds the story that is primarily focused on the hijinks of April O’Neal; it builds upon her character as well as the relationship between her and the turtles.

And that’s not all, for it being more geared toward a younger demographic, the comic has a smart overall tone that even adults will enjoy. The way April’s ingenuity and quick thinking will relate to the older crowd while the story and action that both turtles and April are in which will have both young and old readers glued to the comic.

I really think no matter what age you are, you can easily pick up the first issue and get into the fun that this comic brings. I’m giving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures a 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls!

 

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Secret Avengers #6
Writer: Spencer, Nick
Artist: Ross, Luke
Cover Artist: Coker, Tomm
On Sale Date: July 3, 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics

From the moment I opened the pages of issue six, the biggest deterrence I had was the opening dialogue. Granted it was from our favorite dead/undead guy Agent Coulson, but for it being the Secret Avengers, a group who does the missions that are so black op’s under the dire circumstances, it seemed out of place. It’s hard to be so secretive when a bunch of agents fill the streets. So much for being secret!

Though the next panels that had all the Iron Patriot suits were neat and reminiscent of Iron Man 3, the conversation that Maria Hill had throughout the book kind of dragged. But I get it, writer Nick Spencer is trying to emphasize the bureaucracy and realism that a person like her in charge would have, but come on, it’s an Avengers book!

The good thing is that Butch Guice did a great job with the art work and overall presentation between the interactions with Mockingbird and Task Master. The main cover was a bit deceitful as it led the impression that Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye were going to be a driving factor of the book when clearly it wasn’t. It would have been nice to focus the entire cover on the characters that is centered on it, but the overall content was good.

The end result with what Mockingbird and Task Master do that ties into what Colonel Rhodes was attempting to establish for the small part that he had was a good ending that made me really curious about the next issue. Particularly with what Maria Hill has in store that I’m sure will drive the next few issues into overdrive as it will surely be the major shift into the series!

I’m sure readers will like myself will enjoy the book, due to the simple fact that this is setting up to be an interesting storyline.

I’m giving Secret Avengers #6, a 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

 

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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1
Writer: Chris Mowry and Matt Frank
Artist: Matt Frank
Cover Artist: Matt Frank
On Sale Date: June 28, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing

The first issue of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth was more of a where about’s to the giant monsters as they all are scattered around the earth, while different branches of the government, research facilities and even extraterrestrials attempt to track them down.

We see monsters from the likes of Mortha, Rodan and of course our green scaled reptile made famous by Ishirō Honda in the 1954 movie, but we are also told that there could be even more creatures that the world doesn’t know about. We even get to see two of the monsters fight against each other as Gigan makes his way through Kumonga’s territorial section of the Grand Canyon.

Though most of the characters are just quick interactions of military in search of Godzilla, we meet Lucy. A Megazoology conference attendee who doesn’t seem to have any luck. It doesn’t help when the conference is in the path of destruction as one of the gigantic monsters makes land fall on the island of Hawaii.

Matt Frank’s artwork is good as his body of work is more on the creature features as he has done illustration on Godzilla and Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops in the past. Towards the end of the issue we get a look at a monster that looks more like the 1998 movie reincarnated catastrophe version of Godzilla starring Mathew Broderick.

As much as I want to talk about Chris Mowry’s writing, I can’t really say much about it, as I feel the characters haven’t had enough time to really define what they bring to the overall story. The comic is more focused on the monsters, as it should be. It’s Godzilla for crying out loud!

For fans of creature features like Godzilla, I say take a look at it, we take a look at iconic characters as they resurface for an all out war. Until the second issue arrives is when I can give my real opinion on it, but till then, enjoy what you have presented to you.

I’m giving Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, a 2 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

 

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Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villains Micro-Series – Old Hob #3 of 4
Writer: Jason Ciaramella
Artist: Tyler Walpole
On Sale Date: June 19, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing
In the 3rd issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles micro-series. The tale of character Old Hob was spoken from the words of Hob himself. From his meager upbringing as a spoiled house cat, his unfortunate disownment, to his ill fated encounter with 4 turtles swimming in a pool of mutagenic ooze and their varmint protector who injured Hob.

Just like the well known story of the Ninja Turtles, Hob himself was genetically transformed by the ooze to become a human sized creature with strength and size. He explains his immediate encounter by Baxter Stockmen who tested and enhanced his abilities.

Jason Ciaramella’s take on the Hob was a culture shock to the character, which I liked, the story of how he fought for survival, and his quest for power. The basis on Hobs was due to the anger he had for Splinter and the turtles, and the family bond they have, unlike the abandonment that Hob’s had.

Walpole’s artwork showed a gritty look to the issue. Other than a few splashes of green and red to show major parts of Hobs interactions with both the turtles and Stockman, the whole issue itself was dark and grey which gave accent to show Hob’s struggle, whether the looks of the characters, to the backgrounds, and the overall action sequences.

Both Ciaramella and Wachter’s give Hob’s tale a general underdog story. His thirst for power shows his determination to rise above the obstacles and hurtles that are brought before him. And just like the stories of cats landing on their feet when they fall is exactly what Hobs does.

Thought this was my first introduction to the Hob character, I enjoyed this story and character due to the way it was presented, for those not familiar with the character, it’s a good representation to show a new/old player into the Turtles franchise depending what your take is on him. I’m giving Teenage

Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villains Micro-Series – Old Hob #3 of 4 and 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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