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30 Days of Night Reading Order

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30 Days of Night Reading Order

Published by IDW in 2002, 30 Days of Night is a three-issue horror comic book series written by Steve Niles (The October Faction) and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. Multiple miniseries followed, as well as novels and movie (and audio) adaptations. It did in fact become a movie after Niles wrote the comic version of the unsuccessful film pitch he had developed.

The story is about vampires in Barrow, Alaska, a place where the sun sets for about 30 days. As most of the locals go away during that nightly time, the ones who stayed become the target of a group of vampires. The town’s only hope of survival lies in the hands of Stella and Eben, the local husband-and-wife sheriff team. They have to face the vampire elder Vicente and survive until the sun came back.

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Last Updated on October 10, 2023.

Godzilla Comics Reading Order, From Marvel to IDW and Legendary

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Like King Kong, Godzilla is a monster and an international pop culture icon. This prehistoric reptilian monster made his debut in the 1954 movie directed and co-written by Ishirō Honda. A movie franchise was developed, and the kaiju appeared soon enough in various other media. It never stopped since.

Naturally, he was featured in several mangas, but we’re here today to talk about Godzilla in American comics.

Following a deal with Toho Studios, Marvel Comics published a Godzilla Comics set in the Marvel Universe. The King of Monsters was depicted more as an anti-hero way too big for our time! It lasted two years before Marvel lost the rights to the monster. Following this loss, Marvel would find a way to continue to use Godzilla for a few years afterward by introducing a mutated version of the character who no longer looked like the Toho versions.

Years later, Dark Horse acquired the comic rights to the Godzilla franchise. The company published various comic books (one-shots, miniseries, ongoing series) based on the monster for the next 12 years.

But no one has used Godzilla as much as IDW, a company that also published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. They began publishing Godzilla comics in 2011 and still hold the license, offering a variety of stories and several continuities (the miniseries are all standalone stories).

IDW is not, right now, the only publisher putting comics with Godzilla out there. Legendary has also released several tie-in graphic novels with Godzilla, all part of their Monsterverse Universe.

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Last Updated on September 8, 2023.

Sonic the Hedgehog, the IDW Comics Reading Order

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Gotta go fast! Like with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Transformers, or the G.I. Joe franchise, IDW took over the Sonic franchise to tell new adventures with the Blue Blur. The Hedgehog was at Archie Comics for 24 years before entering a new era at IDW which passed a deal with Sega in 2017 to produce a new series of Sonic Comics. The editor even recruited lead writer Ian Flynn and artist Tyson Hesse, who both worked on Archie Comics’s Sonic the Hedgehog before.

Set in a universe similar to the game universe, after the events of Sonic Forces, the Sonic Comics follows the Blue Blur and his friends on new adventures as they race around the world to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman’s robotic forces, and more!

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Last Updated on August 29, 2023.

Ghostbusters IDW Reading Order

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Like with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and Transformers, IDW has been the house of the Ghostbusters comics for years–starting in 2008, the last miniseries was published in 2020. That’s a lot of miniseries, one-shots, ongoing series, and crossovers.

The Ghostbusters franchise started with the first movie directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It introduced us to this team of ghost hunters, professors Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler–quickly joined by Winston Zeddemore–who had to face the evil Zuul to save New York. They became heroes and came back for a second movie, and a lot more.

The Franchise gave us some pretty successful TV animated shows,  video games, books, and of course comic books. In that domain, NOW Comics and Marvel UK started publishing The Real Ghostbusters, comics based on the TV series of the same name, in the late 1980s. The Quebec-based comic company 88MPH Studios also did that in the 2000s. There even was a one-shot Manga in 2008.

And then, IDW acquired the right to publish the Ghostbusters comics and went in a different direction, forgetting the TV show to focus instead on the main continuity established by the first two movies–and the 2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

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Transformers IDW Reading Order

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Like with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Buffyverse, or the G.I. Joe franchise, IDW took over the Transformers franchise and launch its own continuity – and there are some discussions about the more legitimate continuity, but it’s not the subject of this article. We are here to talk about the third Transformers series. The first was published by Marvel (from 1984 to 1991), the second by Dreamwave Productions (from 2002 to 2004). After that, IDW took over with the third series (the Generation 1 continuity) written by Simon Furman starting with an issue #0 in October 2005 and a regular series starting in January 2006 to November 2018. The fourth series is a relaunch at IDW that started in 2019.

And so, as the official synopsis tells it, it began on Earth, 2006. The fate of the planet is already sealed, its destiny decided… by the marauding mechanical beings known as Decepticons. In their way stand an embattled crew of seven hardy Autobot warriors, sworn to prevent the impending Armageddon at any cost, and an unlikely trio of human misfits, pulled kicking and screaming into a hitherto hidden world of pain and hurt. The can of worms is open, the genie out of bottle… and nothing will ever be the same again! It begins again — here, now — the saga of the war-torn robots in disguise, the Transformers!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2022.

Usagi Yojimbo Reading Order, the comics that inspired Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles

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Now adapted on Netflix under the title “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,” Usagi Yojimbo is certainly not a new series. In fact, this creator-owned comic book series was created by Stan Sakai in 1984 – Usagi Yojimbo first appeared in Albedo Anthropomorphics #2, published by Thoughts and Images in November 1984. 

Openly inspired by Japanese cinema and real-life samurai Miyamoto Musashi, Usagi Yojimbo explores Japanese history, folklore, arts, and more. The story tells the adventures of the Miyamoto Usagi, a rōnin samurai rabbit, in Japan at the beginning of the Edo period (early 17th century) – it is an anthropomorphic comic where humans are replaced by animals – as he travels the country on shogyusha, sometimes monetizing his services as a bodyguard. 

The concept of the series, with Usagi meeting new people which each new adventure during his travels, makes reading Usagi Yojimbo easy as you don’t have to track down every book in order of publication. You can just pick a story at random. Of course, if you like what you read, you can also start from the beginning.

The publication history of Usagi Yojimbo is not clear and simple, as the series has been published by multiple publishers: Fantagraphics Books (Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1), Mirage Studios (Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2), Dark Horse Comics (Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 3), and lately IDW Publishing (Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 4). The samurai also appeared in occasional short stories published by other companies.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2023.

GI Joe Comics Reading Order, A Real American Hero!

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At the time I’m writing this article, it was recently announced that IDW will stop publishing GI Joe Comics. For now, there’s already a lot of reading to do, especially if you go back to the beginning at Marvel. As a licensed property by Hasbro, G.I. Joe comics have been released from 1967 to today (except between 1977 and 1981, and between 1997 and 2000), but it was not anything of note before the launch of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero in 1982.

“’G.I. Joe’ is the code name for America’s daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.”

Hasbro relaunched the toy line and needed some promotion to go with it (there’s an episode of The Toys that Made Us on Netflix about that). At that time, the move to go with a comic book tie-in series was not a sure thing, but Larry Hama who wrote most of the series made it a success (with art by Herb Trimpe at first). He created a solid and realistic military universe with great mythology to go with it and interesting characters.

With 155 issues and several spin-offs, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was a hit for a long time at Marvel. It ended in 1994. A second and a third series were published by Devil’s Due Productions from 2001 to 2008 (80 issues and some spin-offs), then it was revived by IDW Publishing (like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers) with issue 155 ½ written by Larry Hama who picked up the story where he had left it at Marvel. From there, a lot of GI Joe Comics was published. A Lot.

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Last Updated on September 2, 2022.

Locke and Key, a Reading Order Guide for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s series

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Welcome to Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them… and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

This is the premise of Locke and Key, the comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez published by IDW, which is also now a Netflix series. The original run of the series has been published as a set of limited series, followed since then by a series of short stories set in the past. The Locke and Key universe continue to expand, slowly, but still…

And, as a very popular comic book, there are multiple editions. Here is a guide to help you navigate all this.

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Last Updated on June 16, 2022.

The October Faction Reading Order: How to read the IDW horror comics by Steve Niles?

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The October Faction Reading Order

Published by IDW, The October Faction is a horror series written by Steve Niles (Kick-Ass, 30 Days of Night) with art by Damien Worm (Dark Souls) that was adapted for television by Netflix (but canceled after only one season).

The October Faction tells the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family, his wife Deloris, and their two children Geoff and Vivian… which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock.

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Last Updated on May 6, 2022.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW Reading Order

The story of the creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird is quite famous, not as much as the series itself. But if you don’t know, go watch the documentaries and read the books.

For now, we are here to talk about the giant fighting turtles named after Italian Renaissance artists that were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the Japanese martial art of ninjutsu. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo fought crimes from their home in the sewers of New York City and they quickly had to travel into other dimensions and to survive to other types of crazy adventures in comic book form, obviously, but also on TV and in the movies.

Published by Mirage Studios in 1984, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles helped start the Black & White revolution. But when other series disappeared, the turtles persisted. Well, publication stopped for a short period of time, but they came back, as strong as ever and they still fight the good fight in original stories published by IDW (Transformers, G.I. Joe).

When this new ongoing series started, with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and artist Dan Duncan taking charge of the creative work, it was a new beginning with rewritten origins and an ambitious mythology.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2024.