Saturday Issue Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1 – Change is Constant


The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

TMNTvol1Source: Borrowed
 TMNT #1-4
 Paperback, 104 Pages
 Superhero Comic
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Rating: 4/5

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to comics in their first IDW adventure! The very core of the Turtles family is at stake as the new origin of TMNT is revealed! It’s a different world for the Turtles… The group is broken as Raphael wanders the streets of NYC in search of food and shelter. His brothers and Master Splinter are on the search, but so far all they can find is trouble–in the form of mutant alley cat Old Hob and his gang of criminals! Join Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan, and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for the start of a wild ride! Collects TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Issues #1-4

My best friend LOVES the Turtles. His love for the Turtles is equal to my love for Harry Potter, it’s his childhood…it’s also his adulthood…and it’s that sort of passion for stories that make me want to find out more about them. I’ve watched the cartoons as a kid and I know the characters well enough to ‘get’ them, but I really didn’t know the origin story until I met him and I figured now is as good a time as any to check out the comics as well.

These first four issues are the origin story of the four Turtles, Splinter, Old Hob, and even Casey Jones, and we get to see how April O’Neil made her mark on the boys before they ever truly became friends with her. Also keep in mind that this is the start of a reboot to the franchise, meaning new elements and from what I’ve heard it’s a improvement to the previous series. I’d definitely agree that the writing is strong, and there is plenty going on to keep me wanting more. The story has depth and in just four issues they have managed to make me care about each character individually and feel comfortable enough to distinguish them, even without the different colored masks (which they don’t have yet). I know enough about the future enemies of the brothers to see where and how they’ll come into play, but despite that previous knowledge I still want to see it done. The story is fun, action packed, and darker than anything you’ll see on Nickelodeon today…so while I personally didn’t see anything truly mind melting I would show some discretion when handing this to a lower maturity child.

The art is stunning as well, and I love the use of the shading. I do know that the art style changes a lot in this series, and while that normally drives me crazy I’ve come to expect that from an IDW run.

I can honestly say this is without a doubt one of the cooler comics out there right now, and I look forward to see how the rest of their story plays out.

4 stars

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