Okay, so addition to my Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures reviews I’m going to be doing (and started only yesterday) I thought it would be a good idea to post up my thoughts on the new IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic. These aren’t going to be reviews as such. I may get to doing reviews sometime later down the road. These are literally just my first, initial, guy reactions to reading this issues as I get them. And as I wasn’t aware of this series until fairly recently, a fair number of them are going to be appearing in the next few days. Maybe even all of them today. We’ll see what happens.
So what did I think of this issue? Well… I’m kind of “meh” about it actually. Which, for a Turtle-lover like me, is really saying something. It takes an “ultimate” look at Ninja Turtle lore, which is fine enough I guess, but it also seems to be trying to make the Turtles more mainstream when I kind of like them better the more “indie” they are. And IDW is an indie publisher, so I was expecting a little more.
That said, the issue reads well. The crux of this opening arc seems like it will revolve around not only the telling of the Turtle’s origin (in flashback form) but also the fact that, right off the bat, Raphael is missing and the Turtles are hunting for him.
I’m going to try and limit my scope to this issue, even though I have read on. This issue also introduces April, Baxter Stockman, Krang (off screen), Chet, a new villain named Old Hob, and, in the last scene, Casey Jones. That’s actually a lot. Which is odd, since the title is trying to be “decompressed” but it’s actually kind of “compressing” things more than the original. All strange.
That said, this isn’t a review. My only real contention here is that the origin is told to us via flashback. The Turtle’s origin works best when told to us via an actual conversation in-story, like when told to April in the Fred Wolf cartoon or the original movie.
What would I like to have seen done with this issue / series? I would have honestly enjoyed if they’d retold the first three movies with their own spins on them, then moved on and said what happened next in that universe. Or something the like.
Actually, scrap that. I’d like IDW to publish three monthly TMNT series. Keep this one going. Another continuing the adventures from the Archie Universe, and a third continuing the Mirage Universe timeline. I have the money, IDW. I’m giving it to you. I would continue to do so.
And hey, my friend Conor McCreery’s free. He wrote Kill Shakespeare, one of only a handful of IDW books I consider readable on a consistent basis. Get him on those books (or this book). Don’t tell me you can’t.
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