Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers & Dick Tracy: Forever

Some thoughts on three of this weeks comics from IDW Publishing – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94, Transformers #6 and Dick Tracy: Forever #2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94

‘City at War, Part 2.’ As battle lines are drawn in the criminal underworld of New York City, Old Hob takes his mission to the next level, and he’ll have unexpected help from one of the TMNT!

Tom Waltz – Writer
Dave Wachter – Artist, Cover Artist
Kevin Eastman – Variant Cover Artist
Andy Kuhn – Variant Cover Artist

Metalhead and Bishop’s association seems to be kicking off here, and Metalhead seems to be taking charge. I’m not sure if that is because Bishop is letting him though – we shall see.
Meanwhile Jenny is in some serious trouble, and there may be a difficult way to save her – there is some good snark from Harold there, but he could have chosen a better time!
Hob’s team up is pretty obvious, but it will be interesting to see where this part of the war will go. Meanwhile, Splinter is also attempting to take back some control.
It’s all simmering nicely, and it will be interesting to see what else is added!

Transformers #6

All your favorite Transformers characters as you’ve never seen them before! Optimus takes the spotlight! Even a bot as wise as a leader of the Autobots needs guidance now and again, so Optimus turns to Codexa-a Cybertronian who has grown into the very planet itself. Will she help Optimus settle his problems with Megatron or will she lead them both to ruin?

Brian Ruckley – Writer
Jack Lawrence – Artist
Bethany McGuire-Smith – Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Jeffrey Veregge – Variant Cover Artist

This was an amazing issue. Light on action, and really it only has Megatron & Orion Pax. With some commentary from Codex. It features a lot on the relationship between the two. How they were friends and how they seemed to have drifted apart. It is really well told, and adds a lot to the war we know is to come.
I’m interested in the references to the previous war, hopefully we will learn more about that!

Dick Tracy: Forever #2

Dick Tracy is Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at law and order are met with crime and chaos, in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era or incarnation. Join Eisner Award-winning creator Michael Avon Oeming on a startling case through time and space! Each issue has an exciting new take on one of the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time!

Michael Avon Oeming – Writer, Artist, Cover Artist, Variant Cover Artist

The first story gives us two criminals exchanging stories of Dick Tracy and his ‘damned watch’ while in jail. It’s a good short story, which adds to the mythos of Tracy and also adds some fun characters – I especially like English Bob, but I may be biased!
The second story is more action, with spies, Nazis, more weird villains and some unexpected help. I found it a littel disjointed at the beginning, but ones you get into it’s all go!

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