Review: IDWs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Color Classics #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Color Classics #1 by Kevin Eastman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, so I’ve been looking for an excuse to review the original Mirage series comics as well, and IDW seems to have given me a great reason: reprinting the original series in color.

Where I am very story-based in my looks at these titles, I don’t think I can justify doing a Separate review for the original and these. If they changed something that particularly grates me I’m sure I’ll let you know.

TMNT: the first group shot

TMNT: the first group shot

So there’s precious little to say here, as we all know the story. The Turtles hand the Purple Dragons their behinds, get told their origins, then go off and kill the Shredder.

I’ve always wondered why Splinter tells them their origins as though they didn’t already know it. According to the creators the Turtles are 15 in this issue. Is this really the first time they heard this? Or is it that Splinter just keeps boring them with this same story over and over? Well, he is a rat. Ninja training aside, he likely doesn’t have that many stories to tell. I’d venture that it alternates between this and the tale of that big apple core he found that one time.

Color Classics ShredderAnyway, as I said, the Turtles proceed to kill the Shredder… wait, what? Yeah, he dies in the first issue in the original series. And yet somehow became the villain that the series is known for. How does that work? That’s like making a Spider-Man cartoon where the Burgler that killed Uncle Ben shows up every episode to try and defeat Spider-Man. It doesn’t make sense. Just because a baddie is in the first issue doesn’t mean they’re the defacto menace. I’m not trying to complain… I love Shredder. I’d just like to understand how this happened. Really Savanti Romero would be the more logical choice, given the stories out at the time of the 87 series.

Regardless, that ends the issue. And of course, it’s awesome I has to be awesome. It’s the original story, by which everything else is marked. Or, as Turtles Forever put it, it is “Turtle Prime.” It is a great issue that every TMNT fan should read, even if they don’t follow the rest of the Mirage series.

I’m glad IDW is doing this. There have been comments on their message boards that lead one to believe they will be doing this for all the Mirage TMNT issues, and that they’ll be even recoloring the ones that already have color editions. That’s all very good. There’s even talk of volume 2, although that’s a ways off.

There are some things IDW can do with this to make me happier: 1. print letters pages, but in each one have one letter reprinted from the original Mirage comic. Marvel Tales used to do this and I loved it.

2. Don’t renumber for the microseries’s or whatever. Issue #4 should be Raphael #1 and so on. Just publish the stories in order, and have the number chronological. That included volume 2, don’t relaunch. Just been going with 63, 64, and so on.

3. Keep publishing. Commit to it. It’s great to see it in floppy form again. But when you get to the end, publish the stories that Laird refused to, like TMNT vol4 #31, posted on his website yet for some reason he refused to print. And for God’s sake, finish the Archie series. It’s been 20 years. We want to Forever War.

Sorry, tangent.

Great book.


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