IDW Pubwatch March 2020

IDW Pubwatch January 2020

Welcome to the March IDW Pubwatch! I couldn’t be more excited to share my finds with you. It’s been a busy month at IDW and I’ve got all the top news coming out of the publishing house, as well as tons of IDW comic book reviews. Plus, I have a selection of my favourite covers from this month!

News and Announcements

Three Original Series from IDW Publishing Coming this Spring


IDW Publishing has announced the return of their Canto series, along with three new original series — Chained to the Grave, Sea of Sorrows, and Bermuda.

Chained to the Grave follows an undead man as he tries to do right by his family during a lawless time. Sea of Sorrows is set on a ship whose crew tears itself apart in the search for buried treasure. Finally, Bermuda is the story of a teenage girl living on an island in the Bermuda Triangle.

More details are available on IDW’s website.

Four-Issue My Little Pony/ Transformers Crossover Coming this May

NEWS_MLPTF IDW PublishingEquestria is about to be invaded by Decepticons. The Mane Six need to team up with the Autobots to save their land in this epic four-week crossover from IDW Publishing. Set to be published in May, the series will be written by James Asmus, Ian Flynn, and Sam Maggs, and drawn by Casey W. Coller, Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Priscilla Tramontano, and Tony Fleecs.

Rob Liefeld Reveals First Look at Snake Eyes: Deadgame #1

WEB_snakeeyes IDW PublishingVeteran comic book artist Rob Liefeld is giving G.I. Joe fans a first look at a new series focusing on the team’s most mysterious member, Snake Eyes. The series will share some secrets from Snake Eyes’ past, that may be coming back to haunt him and his team. You can see the exclusive pages on the IDW website.

Featured Comics

Why Did We Trust Him?
Shannon Wheeler (Writer and Artist)
February 6, 2020

Why Did We Trust Him Cover. IDW PublishingA series of one-page comics that makes readers question their surroundings, their beliefs, and their hopes. Wheeler is witty as well as pithy, sharing insights into human relationships, work-life balance, and the state of the world. A quick read that will have you studying every page at least twice.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of Sound TPB
Heather Breckel (Colours), Matthew K Manning (Writer), Christa Miesner (Letters), Chad Thomas (Artist)
February 6, 2020

TMNT_Rise_Soundoff_PRH. IDW Publishing

A trio of thieves called the Silent Gs has been stealing equipment but why and where will they strike next? The Turtles are on the case as April takes lessons in confidence from Master Splinter for an upcoming emceeing gig.

I had read the first issue of this book last year but hadn’t enjoyed it as much as I had wanted to. The complete story is incredibly fun, though. Quirky villains and a generally irreverent atmosphere made this book a great read. I wasn’t a huge fan of the art but even that grew on me because of the fun story.

Star Trek: Year 5 TPB
Silvia Califano (Artist), Martin Coccolo (Artist), Thomas Deer (Colours), Brandon Easton (Writer), Fran Gamboa (Colours), Jody Houser (Writer), Collin Kelly (Writer), Charlie Kirchoff (Colours), Jackson Lanzing (Writer), Stephen Thompson (Artist)
February 6, 2020

TMNT_Rise_Soundoff_PRH. IDW Publishing The crew of the Enterprise finds devastation on the Tholian planet and a lone child survivor. With no shared form of communication and a Tholian ship bent on destroying the Enterprise, Captain Kirk makes a fateful decision that could doom him and his crew.

What a fascinating opening story for this volume. I love how well the writers captured the voices of the characters and that we got to see them return to a number of their previous haunts across the galaxy.

The third story was undoubtedly my favourite, but it’s hard to pick just one when the plots are so engaging. I eagerly await the next volume.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man
Brandon Easton (Writer), Shawn Lee (Letters), Fico Ossio (Artist), Ronda Pattison (Colours)
February 13, 2020

Spiderman_ver2_01 coverA. IDW PublishingI have a soft spot for Spidey team-up stories. The banter and camaraderie between Peter, Gwen, and Miles always makes for a great read. Throw in a villain like Shocker, and you’ve got yourself a solid story. And with that cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read more.

Marvel Action: Avengers: Fear Eaters TPB
Marco Fiorito (Artist), Matthew K Manning (Writer), Christa Miesner (Letters), Protobunker (Colours)
February 13

Avengers_TPB_vol3_Cvr. IDW PublishingThe Avengers should be having a regular day but out of nowhere, Black Panther is seeing his dead father, Madame Masque is fighting A.I.M., and all hell is breaking loose. What’s going on and how can the Avengers save the day?

I really enjoyed this volume. The characterisations are really good and the relationships between the characters come through so well. The art is gorgeous, just the kind of style I love, plenty of detail and vividly coloured.

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika TPB
Shawn Lee (Letters), Jodi Nishijima (Artist), Ronda Pattinson (Writer and Colours), Brahm Revel (Writer, Artist, and Letters)
February 26, 2020

TMNT-Jennika01_cvrA. IDW PublishingThe newest Ninja Turtle, Jennika, has a dark past. A teenager led astray, left behind by ‘friends,’ sent to prison, and then turned into a mutant, Jennika hasn’t had it easy. But meeting her old friends may be the hardest task she’s ever faced.

There’s always been an underlying essence of darkness to the world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this two-story volume brings that to the fore, which makes this an expectedly depressing read. I like Jennika, though, she has a lot of personality and seems to be good at her core. But a children’s read, this is definitely not!

Best Covers

Honourable Mentions

Sonic the Hedgehog, Vol. 5: Crisis City


Thanks for joining me on this Pubwatch!

Louis Skye

Louis Skye

A writer at heart with a fondness for well-told stories, Louis Skye is always looking for a way to escape the planet, whether through comic books, films, television, books, or video games. E always has an eye out for the subversive and champions diversity in media. Louis' podcast, Stereo Geeks, is available on all major platforms. Pronouns: E/ Er/ Eir