The GeeksverseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz
Art by: Dan Duncan w/ Kevin Eastman (layouts)
Colored by: Ronda Pattison
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Cover by: A-C: Dan Duncan; E- Kevin Eastman w/ Ronda Pattison; F - Sam Keith
Associate Editor: Bobby Curnow
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Ever since this was announced I have been eagerly looking forward to it. I’m an old school TMNT fan. I couldn’t stand the old cartoon with all the pizza and “cowabunga”. I loved the old comics.

And this is made for the old school TMNT fan in mind. It’s not a continuation, it’s a new take on the series. And that it has Kevin Eastman attached helps give this relaunch alot of weight. Not that it was needed. This is a relaunch that stays pretty true to the original. Yes, there are some changes. Alot of changes, including the origin. But it’s changes that work. It’s not like Marvel’s Ultimate universe that changed origins in an attempt to make them “fresh” or “modern”. This is a change that just simply works.

The original origin of Splinter was kind of corny. It worked in it’s day, but would it have worked today? That’s a hard one to answer. Will this new origin alienate some of the fans? Most likely. But I think it’ll also help get new fans. It makes getting into the turtles more accessible. It’s easier for a new fan to grasp the idea.

I love the little bits that Eastman and Waltz put into the story. Even though Nickelodeon has it’s name attached to the book, and it is a kid’s station, this is not a necessarily a kid’s book. There’s alot of violence and not the cartoony kind that the latest (and the original) TMNT cartoons have had. If this is what the Nick cartoon will be like, it’ll appeal to many people. I loved the bit about “cowabunga” and pizza.

The story itself is pretty interesting. It kind of drops us into the action, then brings us back for the flashback. What seperates this from other TMNT tales is that it starts off with Raphael (my favorite) already seperated from his brothers. It’s an interesting angle to start off with, as is the introduction of Old Hob. But I enjoyed how it was laid out and paced.

Eastman and Waltz did the story, with script by Waltz, with Dan Duncan’s work over Eastman’s layouts. It’s an interesting colloborative effort and it worked out extremely well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 receives
5 out of 5

Old school TMNT fans will really enjoy this.

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