IDW Pubwatch November 2020

IDW Pubwatch January 2020

Welcome to the IDW Pubwatch. The world is still reeling from the pandemic but here’s something to distract you—a few exciting comics that will occupy your mind, at least for a little while. I’ve also got the latest news coming out of IDW, along with comic book reviews—including Pearl Jam: Art of Do the Evolution—and a selection of my favourite covers from the month. Wear a mask and be safe, readers.

News and Announcements

Transformers: Beast Wars Series Coming Soon


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Transformers: Beast Wars TV show, IDW will be publishing a new comic book series slated for February 2021. The series is set to be written by Erik Burnham, with art by Josh Burcham, and will be set in a future Cybertron overrun with Maximals and Predacons (like Autobots and Decepticons but with animals).

Celebrate 20 Years of From Hell


IDW has published a fully restored and coloured version of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell for its 20th anniversary. From Hell: Master Edition has been coloured by Campbell himself and is available in stores now.

NYCC and MCM Comic Con Metaverse Highlights


IDW held several panels at the virtual New York Comic Con and MCM Comic Con Metaverse 2020, during which they made numerous announcements. Some highlights include the Marvel Action: Captain Marvel series returning in 2021, and a collectible Key to Hell being produced for the upcoming Locke & Key/ Sandman crossover. You can watch the panels via their website.

IDW Announces New Variant for TMNT: The Last Ronin

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Pre-sales for TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 have surpassed 130,000 copies, prompting a second printing from IDW. To thank retailers and fans, IDW have announced a new ‘thank you’ variant version. See the full cover and details of the second print edition on their website.

Featured Comics

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1
Ian Flynn (Writer), Leonardo Ito (Colours), Jack Lawrence (Artist), Shawn Lee (Letters)
October 7, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1. IDW Publishing

Dr Eggman has made a lot of enemies, and some of them will do anything for revenge. When one of Eggman’s loyal flunkies finds himself cast aside by the man in charge, he hatches a plan to unite those enemies against both Sonic and Eggman. It’s a weird plan, admittedly.

I’m not sure where this story is going but it was quite fun to read. I’m not really familiar with these characters but they’re larger than life and over-the-top villainous. It’s all a bit camp but an enjoyable read. I’m interested to see where the story goes.

Star Wars Adventures #1
Nick Brokenshire (Writer, Artist, Colours), Charlie Kirchoff (Colours), Ilias Kyriazis (Artist), Michael Moreci (Writer), Jake M Wood (Letters)
October 7, 2020

Star Wars Adventures #1. IDW Publishing

Poe and Finn set up a Jedi obstacle course for Rey on an outer rim planet—only for the trio to be ambushed by pirates. In the second story, ‘Invasion of Echo Base,’ we relive the events of Vader’s search for Luke Skywalker on Hoth, and his failure to capture him.

I love Star Wars and the expanded comics universe brings me great joy. This particular comic though, didn’t live up to expectations. As great as it is to see Rey, Finn, and Poe together, I don’t think the writer captured their voices or interactions. And the art was not my style at all. The expressions on the characters’ faces were so pronounced, they looked distorted.

The second story really didn’t tell us anything we hadn’t already seen onscreen before. The art was much nicer though, more realistic and livelier.

I hope upcoming installments in this series are better than the opener.

Transformers/ Back to the Future #1
David Garcia Cruz (Colours), Juan Samu (Artist), Cavan Scott (Writer), Neil Uyetake (Letters)
October 7, 2020

Transformers/ Back to the Future #1. IDW Publishing

This was fun! Whoever thought putting the Transformers with Back to the Future would work? This is an unexpectedly good combo. We’ve got Starscream running Hill Valley, with Biff Tannen reporting to him. And Marty teaming up with a sentient DeLorean to save time. What more could one ask for?

Star Wars Adventures: Driving Force
Manuel Bracchi (Artist), Derek Charm (Artist), Adam Christopher (Writer), Delilah S Dawson (Writer), Ian Flynn (Writer), Shaun Harris (Writer), Matt Herms (Colours), Charlie Kirchoff (Colours), Megan Levens (Artist), Tom B Long (Letters), Margaux Saltel (Artist), Cavan Scott (Writer)
October 14, 2020

Star Wars Adventures: Driving Force. IDW Publishing

So much fun to read this anthology of stories from the galaxy far, far away. We see Poe Dameron escape some pirates, young Princess Leia and Amilyn Holdo find a secret museum, Maz Kanata plays a high stakes game of Dejarik, and much more.

The stories were short but sweet, with cute and detailed art. What more could we ask for?

Pearl Jam: Art of Do the Evolution
Brad Coombs (Writer), Terry Fitzgerald (Writer), Joe Pearson (Writer), Robbie Robbins (Artist), Eddie Vedder (Writer)
October 14, 2020

Pearl Jam: Art of Do the Evolution. IDW Publishing

If you’re a Pearl Jam fan, this behind the scenes book about their seminal song ‘Do the Evolution’, and the ground-breaking music video, is going to be a treat for you. It includes storyboards for the art of the video, detailed breakdowns of each sequence, and interviews with the band and the creators of the video. This book is definitely one for the shelves.

Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band
Thibault Balahy (Artist), Sonia Paoloni (Writer), Christina Staebler (Writer)
October 28, 2020

REDBONE. IDW Publishing. October 2020

The incredible story of Redbone, the all-Native American hit band, whose song ‘Come and Get Your Love’ was popularised again thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy.

This book is engrossing, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Redbone had incredible experiences even in their earliest days, meeting Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and more. But their experiences with racism and the activism they found themselves having to do for their people make this book a tough, albeit necessary, read.

The art is beautiful—I love the changing styles to reflect the different eras and moods. This book is beautiful to look at.

I’d been looking forward to reading Redbone and it definitely lived up to expectations. I hope we can see more Native American stories come to life in comics.

Best Covers

Honourable Mentions

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

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