Though Marvel and DC remain the Big Two comic publishers, IDW is putting out some excellent series based on some popular classic franchises. Next up: Some “What If?” spinoffs focused on everything from The X-Files to Ghostbusters.
Dubbed “Deviations,” the five separate series will focus on the Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and The X-Files. Following the classic “What If?” model, the issues will focus on some critical story moments that would fundamentally change each comic universe. From Mulder getting abducted by aliens to the Ninja Turtles joining up with Shredder, the “Deviations” series aims to explore some fascinating alt-realities.
Here are the plot jumping-off points for each series:
Ghostbusters: “In a world… where the Ghostbusters NEVER crossed streams!”
G.I. JOE: “In a world… where COBRA turns the table on G.I. JOE.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “In a world… where Shredder leads the Turtles.”
Transformers: “In a world… where Optimus Prime never died!”
The X-Files: “In a world… where young Fox Mulder was abducted by aliens!”
Check out some cover art for the issues below, ahead of the debuts in March 2016.