Comic That Vanish Quickly Without Trace

If you were born in the early to mid eighties and owned a television, there’s a high chance that one or more of the following may apply to you.

-You’ve spent at least one Halloween with a fake shell strapped to your back.

-You remember the Christmas where you rather got, or didn’t get “The Technodrome.”

-You’ve either injured yourself or a friend flipping around a broom handle, convinced that one day you will master the Bo-Staff.

-You know from trial and error that putting unusual ingredients on a pizza is usually just a waste of perfectly good pizza.

-You are perfectly aware that “War and Peace” embraces over 500 characters and is set during the Napoleonic wars.

The Blimp is in the shop.

To me, Ninja Turtles was more than just a kick-ass afterschool cartoon; it was a major part of my youth, it was a movement amongst my peers, and it provided me with the seeds for developing a life philosophy – “Wise man say, forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”

With 4 feature length films, a combined 17 seasons of animated syndication, 27 different video games, and enough merchandise to satisfy the most hardcore of fanboy.  (Hannah Montana ain’t got shit).  It’s never been a better time to brush off them Ninjatsu skills. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle train is not only still chugging, it’s picking up speed. A new animated series starting in 2012, a live action movie billed for 2014, and as of most recent – a brand spankin’ new comic book.

IDW and Nickelodeon have been taking us back to our reptilian routes by teaming up with original co-creator Kevin Eastman to release an all new gritty, classic looking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book. Helping Eastman on the creative team is writer and artist, Tom Waltz, who has done quite a bit of work for IDW including a Galaxy Quest series in 2008.  August 2011’s premier issue sold out faster than you can say “Oraku Saki”, leaving a huge demand from fans for a 2nd printing.  The first 3 issues released todate have set in motion an all new origin story, featuring a both faithful, yet different take on the traditional mutant turtle legend.  The story contains an excellent blend of classic and modern themes, setting up our heroes against an all new mutant villain while searching for lost brother Raphael.  So far, the comic is a little lacking in the action department, so I’m looking forward to some shell kicking ninja action that I’m sure will be featured in issues to come. The artwork by Dan Duncan is excellent; he’s been mixing his crisp new school talent with that of Eastman on layouts, to give the turtles some modern flavour while paying gracious tribute to its counterpart of the 80’s.  Overall, Not as dark and violent as the original concept from 1984, but it’s not nearly as cartoony as the days when our Turtles traveled through space by giant flying cow head to team up with “The Archies”.

I hear Betty gave Raphael the clap

I would recommend this new series to both fans of ninja turtles, and fans of comics in general. If you’re at your local comic shop and see copies of the first printing of the #1 issue, I’d grab it up quick (only 7 variant covers to choose from), it’s a great time to break into what is becoming a very collectible series. If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, IDW will also be releasing “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Edition Vol. 1” featuring over 300 pages of the original 1984 Eastman -Laird masterpiece. If anything, this tome is worth the read if only to see Leonardo finally getting some blood on those swords of his, and that’s just issue #1.  Get It, Got It, Good.

Ninja Vanish!