Jason Aaron Writing TMNT For IDW, Cobra Commander Features Surprise Villain, Brainiac Takes Over DC Comics In April | Comic Book Club News For January 17, 2024

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Jason Aaron is writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for IDW. Image Comics and Skybound’s Cobra Commander #1 features a surprise villain. April’s DC Comics belong to Brainiac. All on Comic Book Club News for January 17, 2024.


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Jason Aaron writing TMNT for IDW.

Cobra Commander features a surprise villain.

April’s DC Comics belong to Brainiac.

This is Comic Book Club News for January 17, 2024.

Jason Aaron Writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For IDW:

Last week, we reported that not only had IDW reupped their deal to publish Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics for Paramount, but the current ongoing title would be ending with issue #150. And now, we know what’s next: Jason Aaron will be writing a new TMNT series starting this July.

Or, more specifically we’ll get the first taste of Aaron’s Turtles in June with a 10 page story in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Alpha #1, followed by a new, ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series kicking off in July. Of note, this series will continue the continuity of the previous series, rather than being a complete reboot of the franchise.

Said Aaron in a statement on the relaunch: “Launching a new TMNT comic series in the midst of the characters’ 40th anniversary is clearly one of those dream jobs of all comic book dream jobs. Especially for me, a kid who first fell in love with the Turtles all those years ago because of that original Mirage Studios series, buying those groundbreaking issues fresh off the rack, comics that kicked you in the face with their action-packed grit and gloriously raw attitude. I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to get to add to that esteemed legacy of comic book face-kicking, especially as part of an amazing IDW run that has expanded the world and timeline of the Turtles in such daring and exciting ways. In terms of what’s to come, the kid in me wants you to know that you can expect some good old-fashioned grit, a sprinkle of dark, new attitude and all the bone-cracking action that four mutated ninja brothers can possibly handle.”

Aaron is extremely busy lately, writing Superman for DC Comics, a secret Marvel Comics project, and now the Turtles for IDW. More on this as we head towards the relaunch in July.

Cobra Commander #1 Features The Return Of Megatron:

Image Comics and Skybound’s Energon Universe has habitually dropped big surprises in their issues. From Void Rivals #1 being a sneaky introduction of Transformers, and Transformers stealthily introducing Duke from G.I. Joe, it should be no surprise that Cobra Commander #1 followed the same path.

Spoilers past this point, but as revealed in the premiere issue by Joshua Williamson, with art by Andrea Milana, Cobra has been holding Decepticon baddie Megatron in their secret stronghold of Cobra-La, and harvesting him for parts.

While the first few issues of Daniel Warren Johnson’s Transformers have teased the location of Megatron, eventually revealing his broken body in the frozen wastes in the latest issue, it seems that Cobra Commander takes place much later in the timeline, as Megatron has been captive for a while. As the issue teases out Cobra Commander somewhat going rogue, it’s an open question if we’re heading towards a Cobra/Decepticon team-up in future series.

Whatever happens with Megatron, Cobra, and the rest of the Energon Universe, it sure is an exciting time to be alive. I am a grown adult.

House Of Brainiac Takes Over April’s DC Comics:

DC Comics has revealed a bevy of issues from their next upcoming crossover: House of Brainiac, which will kick off in April’s Action Comics, and then spill into multiple other titles.

As reported by The Beat, Brainiac will assemble an army of Czarnians, aka Lobos, and attack Earth while looking for… Something. The event will cross over between Action Comics and the main Superman title, as well as other series. Those include Green Lantern, which will feature a backup story with art by Kevin Maguire pitting Guy Gardner against Lobo; and Power Girl, which will team the title character with Crush, the daughter of Lobo.

It’ll all crest in the April 30 debuting House of Brainiac Special #1 which will tell multiple stories co-written by Mark Russell and Joshua Williamson, focusing on Lobo, Brainiac, Lois Lane, Amanda Waller, and Bibbo Bibowski.

The event will continue for two more months, so expect lots more Brainiac — and Lobo — to come.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. I’m an adult.

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