The GeeksverseMichelangelo: TMNT Micro Series

Michelangelo: TMNT Micro Series
Published on Thursday, December 29, 2011 by

This issue seems to have the strengths of the last micro-series offering without the weaknesses.
In Troynos’ review of Rapheal’s Micro-series book, he noted, “The scheduling of this issue is kind of odd…It takes place after TMNT #5. Issue #4 just came out last week.” The newest Micro-Series offering hits stands the week after #5 in a rapid fire Turtle offering and gives the fans a stand alone tale: Dresden Heist.

This is a comic that can fit well into the character of Michelangelo as a fan-favorite, fun-loving Turtle with the mix of serious and non-serious Turtle.

Mickey’s orange bandana. Check.
Mickey watching movies. Check.
Mickey wanting pizza. Check.
Mickey loafing around. Check.
Mickey partying. Check.
Mickey doing impressive ninja-ing. Check.
Mickey joking around. Check.
Mickey doing something stupid without a plan. Check.
Mickey different from his brothers. Check.
Nun-chucks. Check.

This issue does seem to have it all.

This comic provides great characterization of the orange banded turtle. Sure, I usually rail against comic continuity as unneeded baggage that trap superheroes into vicious cycles and reboots. However, I do like it when a creative team can handle the direction of continuity to capitalize on the serial format of the genre. Here, we have a definite revision of earlier versions of TMNT, but it is pulling from earlier comics and cartoon presentations as well as heading into its own new direction. Much of what I love from Michelangelo is here already in the IDW run in general and in this Micro-Series one shot in particular. I’ll admit that I was initially a cartoon/toy era fan and only discovered the comics later, after reading the Archie comics and then going back into other versions later. While the new IDW run can be compared to the mirage comics Turtle run vignettes, this reboot also has tastes of Image or Dreamwave comic runs.

David Lynch’s one-shot dose of Michelangelo is a good stand alone comic. It also points to great editors working on this mutant ninja turtle project at IDW. While Frano Urru’s version of the terrapin heads and body shapes may fluctuate a bit within the issue, the characterization is consistent between the Micro-Series and the main book. The orange bandana and a few other minor details help root this book after #5 which hit the stands last week.

This is a great jumping on point even if you haven’t picked up the previous issues in this run. The holidays are a great time to give the gift of Ninja Turtles. Join the on-going Turtles discussion on the Pryde Forum.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MICRO-SERIES #2: MICHELANGELO ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in stores in December 2011. Pre-order at your local retailer.

*Variant cover by Kevin Eastman!

Bullet points:
• Stand-alone story acts a great jumping-on point!

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