We’ve seen some weird mash-ups over the years, and comic books has been home to quite a few of them. I still remember reading a truly bizarre Star Trek/X-Men crossover series in my teens and wondering, “Why?” Sure, I like both Star Trek and the X-Men, but did I have any desire to see them team up? Not really. Plus, this is the sort of thing that can come off like bad fan-fiction unless handled very, very deftly. So I’m more than a little dubious about IDW’s X-Files: Conspiracy crossover event, the latest issue of which is going to have the intrepid Lone Gunmen cross paths with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Where’s Scully to debunk this stuff when you really need her?
It’s not just the Lone Gunmen and the Heroes in a Half Shell who will be thrust into each other’s worlds. The Conspiracy storyline first involved a meeting with the Ghostbusters, a crossover that I’m more okay with for reasons I can’t really articulate. Maybe just because I’d love to see X-Files-era David Duchovny and Ghostbusters-era Bill Murray attempt to out-charm and out-banter each other. Further issues will bring the Crow and, no shit, the Transformers into the proceedings. Fuck it, let’s get Howard the Duck in on this while we’re at it, I don’t think Marvel is using him right now anyway.
But hey, if you’ve been saying for years that the Lone Gunmen needed to investigate the subject of sewer-dwelling mutant martial arts enthusiasts, well, this should be right up your alley.
The Turtles are doing their best to avoid trouble in Northampton. Unfortunately, trouble finds them in the form of the Lone Gunmen! The fate of the world depends on the Gunmen getting the reclusive Turtles’ help. Add in an undead menace and things are going to get downright dangerous!
Today in Other Comics
Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
FINAL ISSUE!!! The origin of Lt. Starbuck concludes, told by #1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee! On an ice world in the middle of Cylon space, Starbuck and Apollo race to free Athena before Osiris can use her in his vendetta against Adama – but are they too late to save the colonies from Cylon invasion?
Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth #9 (IDW Publishing)
Before Godzilla was king, there was another! King Caesar makes his comic book debut in a tale set thousands of years in Earth’s past, in a battle that sets the stage for today’s world of monsters.
Jericho: Season 4 #5 (IDW Publishing)
The grand finale of Jericho Season Four changes everything! Everything hangs in the balance as Jake Green and Robert Hawkins are faced with a terrible choice, one that could change everything for the residents of JerichoÖ and the Allied States of America! Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of Jericho, brought to you by the writing staff of the acclaimed series!
RoboCop: Memento Mori (Boom! Studios)
WHY WE LOVE IT: With the release of RoboCop, a re-imagining of the all-time classic, fans of the new and old will be immersed in the action, oppression and humanity that is RoboCop. We cannot wait to be first in line for this new motion picture event! WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Four anthology-style one-shots exploring the world of the new film, brought to you by some of the freshest voices in the industry -- Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC), Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), and Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS). WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When Alex Murphy goes under the knife, his memories converge with reality. Perception is blurred and his mind tries to cope with the changes forced upon his very soul. Through a distortion of the past, his present horrors loom over him. The man within must be corrupted to make way for the future of America.
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3 (Dark Horse)
Stormtrooper Hock is exactly where he wants to be-under the command of the greatest warrior in the galaxy, Darth Vader! When a mission to assimilate some remnant Separatists becomes a military disaster, Hock has an opportunity to be something more than a soldier in the ranks to Darth Vader . . . if he’s willing to take a life-risking chance!
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi — Force War #4 (Dark Horse)
Xesh and his Rakatan master are leading their ravening army to the temple of Anil Kesh and the chasm below-hoping to find a gateway to the galaxy at the bottom! But Je’daii Shae Koda dogs Xesh’s steps, hoping to bring her lover back to the light side of the Force!
The Strain: The Fall #8 (Dark Horse)
Trapped in a tunnel below the Hudson River, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s son Zack and Dr. Nora Martinez fight for their lives against an onslaught of vampires commanded by Zack’s mother! Meanwhile, though the Master’s evil plan has almost sealed humanity’s fate, his oldest enemy, Abraham Setrakian, may have discovered the key to victory.
Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #1 (Dark Horse)
In 1984, Kyle Reese protected Sarah Connor from a cyborg that would stop at nothing to terminate her. In 1985, Skynet targets a scientist whose discoveries threaten its future, but this time there is no resistance fighter sent back to face it! With only enemies around her, what chance does Elise Fong stand against the perfect killing machine?