Saturday Issue Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-series Volume 1


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.

tmntms1Source: Borrowed
Publisher: IDW
Series: Mirco-Series #1-4
 Paperback, 97 Pages
 Superhero Comic
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3.5/5

Following in the tradition of the original TMNT micro-series comes four stand-alone tales centering on each Turtle brought to you by writer Brian Lynch and artists Franco Urru, Andy Kuhn, Ross Campbell, and Valerio Schiti.

The next set of Turtles comics my friend let me borrow are the micro-series volumes, which I think technically fall a little later in the actual run but contain some great character building and depth.

This volume focuses on the four brothers, each getting his own issue centering on who they are and what kind of lessons they need in order to become more fully who they are. Raphael’s deals with his first encounter with the artic fox mutant Alopex while out with Casey, which is also my first time reading about Alopex. I adore her character design and her attitude, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her in the normal run. The art in that issue is my favorite out of the four, and I loved the details and lightening used.  I would say Raph and Leo’s stories are more straight forward both in plot and motivation. Mikey and Donnie are the ones with the fun stories, both dealing with getting out and doing things otherwise closed off to them. They are also the two with the most “feels”, and my favorite pair out out of the four stories.

Depsite this only holding four issues and dealing in what amounts to short stories, I really liked it. They’re not “important” to the overall storyline, but it’s definitely nice to get to know each character better before I get into the meat of the story.

3.5 stars

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