“HEROES IN A HALF-SHELL, TURTLE POWER!”
Wait, I mean…uhm…OK, hold on.
Tom of the Around Comics and Tom VS The Flash podcasts mentioned this on Twitter, and when I was in Forbidden Planet recently I found this.
It’s epic. It’s giant and contains, along with most of the early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff, a brief history of the series’ creation.
I have to admit something. I have a lot of fond memories of the animated series of this franchise in the 90’s (who doesn’t?), as well as my exposure to the Archie Comics version of the comic tales. I’ve seen all the movies (except the CGI 2007 one, “TMNT”) but I’ve never read any of the Mirage stuff before, until now. Though having read it, now I can see stuff that was cherry-picked for the live-action first film (the first two anyway) and the animated series out of these original stories.
It’s incredible stuff, very much pulp/indie B&W which (and this is what I liked the best), has a visible evolution over time from the first issue. It starts out strong, and ends amazing.
It’s no Asterios Polyp (I’m sorry, was that a jab?). This is action and grit to the core, not hi-art, but art and storytelling working together. I mean, it’s just GOOD. I could probably re-read this over and over again no problem, being not only blown away by this comic, but also by the memories I have of this franchise and it’s presence in my life. Come to think of it, not only my life but also the lives of who knows how many readers in that 20’s and 30’s age range whose lives have been touched by that exposure to comic book fantasy.
It’s everything awesome about the late 80’s-90’s. Martial arts, comic books, action, pulp, homage, and did I mention the ninjas and martial arts?
Oh, and just a warning, this book is huge. Like, it’s really big so beware when you get it, it’ll take up a chunk of shelfspace.