View Full Version : The Forever Wars - Coming from Mirage in 2005!!

09-16-2004, 12:48 PM
Long time no see, Turtle Fans. I've been swamped with the summer, but now I'm back with some big news from the land of the green teens. The long unpublished but long hyped saga for Archie Comics that never saw print will finally see the light of day in 2005. A 96 page graphic novel will be produced that will feature the long abandoned storyline that was reported to originally be planned as a massive 5 Issue Finale. This is great news for fans of the classic Archie series, and we here at the Technodrome hope everything goes smoothly.
Response to my email!!!

Hey Aaron. You'll be happy to hear that Dean Clarrain and Chris Allan will be tackling The Forever War as a stand-alone 96-page (more or less) graphic novel to be published by Mirage sometime in 2005!

Stephen Murphy
Creative Director, Mirage Licensing
Managing Editor, Mirage Publishing

And it seems that Chris Allen has someone who's been sending him some some of the excited fan reactions from this announcement. Judging by this lil comic (http://www.ak-studios.com/chrissite/images/comics/journal/07_04/071404.gif) that our own Machias Banshee has been able to dig up.

You can also see some of the inked pencils for the original Archie covers for these stories that never came out over at his gallery. Thanks to Machias also for the link to his gallery.


[Thanks to CrippledNitemare and Machias Banshee for the news]

09-16-2004, 01:41 PM
Hey, Splinter,

This news is BEYOND great! THIS is AWESOME!!! I have been waiting for them to finish "The FOREVER WAR" like, well, FOREVER! LOL THANK you SO much for bringing us TMNT fans this great news!

LOL You can be sure that I will be ordering MY copy just as soon as I get my mitts on a Previews when it issue with this comes out! I am ready, and THIS wrap-up was LONG overdue.

Again, thank you for this exciting, wonderful news Honorable Sensei. *bows to the Honored Splinter, Great Sensei and Bringer of Excellent News*

EDIT: Just checked out Chris's page and the black-and-white, unpublished covers for "THE FOREVER WAR", and they are SWEET! I hope they publish them, and maybe colored versions of them, in the graphic novel/TPB. THAT would be even sweeter. IMHO.

09-16-2004, 02:55 PM
this has been the best news to me for some time! thanks so much splinter for posting that!
Thta book is so mine when it comes out...we can finally feel as if the archie series was completed after all these years...man I love mirage so mich for this....hell the only thing that could be better would be if they just brought the archie series back.
and called it like alternate tmnt or something!
hehe A guy can dream can he?
man I am so excited.
-Vaughn Michael

09-16-2004, 07:06 PM
I wasn't really a huge fan of the Archie Series but i guess it's better than nothing so I'll buy it! :)

09-16-2004, 08:33 PM
Hey all, glad I could be of assistance in getting this huge scoop for the fandom... I'm probably the most excited of everyone to hear this news, as I'm a huge fan of the old TMNT Adventures series.

Let's hear it for Mirage!!

09-19-2004, 12:45 PM
i loved the archie comic....cause it was the tmnt comic i read as a kid and massive tmnt fan....when i heard that there was an arc that was un released i wrote dan about it....asked why Mirage doesn't do a comic for kids....rerelease the comics for kids.....and prehaps release this 5 issue arc....prehaps i wasn't alone in my request....

09-21-2004, 06:28 AM
-->> .. i thought this was particularly intresting ..

09-21-2004, 11:28 AM
Yeah, I wish Furrlough (and whoever publishes it) HAD gone through with a Ninjara series. It would've been interesting to ssee what happened to her after she and Raph broke up.

11-02-2004, 11:00 PM
Well this info was posted a little over a month ago, but it's news to me. I am so excited to hear this! The Archie series is my favorite incarnation of TMNT, sure at first it was more cheesy and for kids, but when it got nto the later issues (30 or so on) the storylines were great. I mean we finally got to see Sarnath in that comic, and countless others. It would be great if this sold well enough for them to bring Adventures back, but I doubt that will ever happen. Has there been any word on when this will be released yet? I am so psyched to finally have the ending to this series. Thanks so much for this news. Take care!

11-02-2004, 11:05 PM
Well I'll be damned. Who would have thought the Archie series would ever be seen again. Sweetness indeed.

11-02-2004, 11:07 PM
It's alive...it's alive....welconme bcak drome...i missed u....
*hugs drome and Krang*
now about the forever war...can't wait...will look i the graphic novels section of B&n and other book stores till i find it...when it comes out...

11-02-2004, 11:54 PM
It would have been nice if it were coming out sooner, say November of this year. It'd make a great Christmas pressie. :)

11-03-2004, 12:55 PM
It would have been nice if it were coming out sooner, say November of this year. It'd make a great Christmas pressie. :)

Oh, definitely. No doubt about that. I am a big fan of the Archie series. I hope the release date for the series is confirmed soon. My birthday is near the beginning of the year and this would be a nice gift.

11-04-2004, 12:40 PM
yeah i can't wait either...i loved the TMNT comic...i had a subscription till it died....now i'd love to see it's last hurrah
OT: Hey Krow...see u're continuing the yellow font...sweet...it's like the drome was never down....

11-04-2004, 02:45 PM
The Archie series was the first comic book series I started collecting.

OT: Yes, indeed. Yellow font is back. Memories....

11-07-2004, 08:22 AM
so when exactly does this come out.....and do u think it'll come to hastings....cause i don't know where the closest comic book store is....and i'd have to get this....i guess i could order it from the official site....yeah...that's the ticket.....:D

11-07-2004, 10:16 AM
All the information that could be gathered right now is that it will be released sometime in 2005. So when you're done singing "Auld Lang Syne", keep your eyes peeled.

11-07-2004, 12:30 PM
but i don't celebrate the new year....j/k.....i just don't sing Auld Lang Syne...but back on topic...i wonder if it'll be in color or in black and white like regular mirage releases....

11-08-2004, 01:52 PM
I hope it's in color like the rest of the Archie series was.

11-14-2004, 11:54 AM
No, mirage prints in B&W.

11-14-2004, 12:11 PM
Yes, I know. Jester pointed that out, too. However, it's an Archie series story, which were in color. Perhaps an exception can be made in this case. The only reason why Mirage prints in B & W is because they didn't have the money to do color when TMNT first started. It became tradition. But now I think they can afford it.

11-19-2004, 01:40 AM
Wow, this is great news. The first TMNT comic i ever got was an archie and i loved it. Man, i am so glad this is happening. Definitely overdue. Although, i will be a little disappointed if its black & white, i know mirage only prints in that but i'd like to see an exception to the rule this time.

11-19-2004, 10:17 AM
The first TMNT comic I ever got was an Archie issue too.

I agree with Krow that they really should do this issue in full color when they make it. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Mirage has done a random issue in color. The first time they ever did that was for TMNT Vol. 1 #33 (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/volume01/33/33.htm).

11-19-2004, 03:24 PM
My first Archie TMNT book was #1. I went to my local mall and entered the comci book store there (which is long gone now) and purchased it for the great price of $1.00. Those were the days, weren't they?

Pardon me, I have to go dye my hair.

01-14-2005, 05:37 PM
They do their graphic novels in colour (well they used to, i'm unsure if they still do) and isn't this going to be printed like a graphic novel? If so my bet is it's going to be in colour.

01-15-2005, 01:15 AM
Yeah, I wish Furrlough (and whoever publishes it) HAD gone through with a Ninjara series. It would've been interesting to ssee what happened to her after she and Raph broke up.

Furrlough DID run a Ninjara story in three issues of its ongoing anthology series a few years ago. Not long after I first came here I summarized it, but that was a while ago. Long story short, Ninjara had a kid (a daughter, I think), Mokoshan had been killed, and Ninjara was on the hunt for his murderer(s). It was much more "mature" than the Archie TMNT stuff, with quite a bit of violence, some language (I believe a guard or someone calls Ninjara a "slut" or something in Japanese), and, what I know the fanboys most wanna see, two topless panels of Ninjara (no, I'm not making this up). It was supposed to go on for several more issues, but I believe Chris had some issues in his personal life that made it impossible, so the storyline was just left hanging, sadly, with no conclusion. I found 'em a few years ago, but they're in a pile right now and I can't find the exact issue numbers at the moment. Sorry.

Anyways, that's awesome news. I figured they'd never get around to telling that "Forever War" story. I'm glad we'll finally get to see it.

01-15-2005, 07:33 PM
Well, I collect "Furrlough", but I'm SERIOUSLY missing a LOT of back-issues, so I need to start ordering them. That way, maybe I'll run across those issues. I got the #100TH issue, and it wasn't in that one, and I'm not sure which ones that I've gotten SINCE then, but I don't remember the Ninjara storyline in ANY of them, so I bet they were in some of the issues BEFORE #100. Gotta get those back-issues............

Thankies for the info, btw.


01-16-2005, 07:25 AM
Good news.... I found 'em. The issues of Furrlough containing the Ninjara story are issues number 47, 48, and 52. If anyone looking for the issues doesn't read Furrlough, you should know that it's an anthology title containing several different stories per issue, both one-shot and ongoing, printed in black and white. Ninjara's actually on the cover itself of issue 52. Cool, eh?

I re-read the story for the first time in a while and was a little surprised by the level of language and violence (in the first part of the story, Ninjara says "F*ck!" in big bold letters for all to see, and in part three she not only tosses shuriken into the faces of two guards, she tosses a third in front of her as a shield against a hail of bullets and slices the leg off of a fourth. And, like I mentioned before, she has two topless shots before Part One is even half over. I'd read it before, but I'd re-read all my Archie TMNT issues between then and now and had forgotten how much more "grown-up" Ninjara's solo story was compared to the Archie books. But then Furrlough is published by the same company that puts out Genus, so I guess it's not a huge shock.

There's a lot of Japanese thrown around, so if you don't speak it, ask a friend to translate (I know, it annoyed me too). Also, some of the pages in issue 52 are printed out of order, but I'm not sure if it's just my copy or what.

Good hunting, hope ya find what you're looking for! It's a sweet piece of Ninjara/TMNT history, even if it never mentions the TMNT and it was never finished.

01-17-2005, 05:14 AM
-->> Here is some info T.Tuck provided for me..(she has the Ninjara issues)..

..OK, the Ninjara issues are #'s 47, 48, and 52. #52 actually has Ninjara and her daughter on the cover. The series lets off on one hell of a cliff hanger and I think it would be perfect for a fanfic o pick up the slack...


01-17-2005, 07:31 AM
I've already written a fanfic which involved Ninjara. Infact, the story was my own take on what "Beginning of the End" would've been had they done it as a stand-alone story.

01-18-2005, 07:44 AM
What was the creative team on the Furrlough Ninjara stories?