Comic Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Classics, Vol. 1

Published: August 28th, 2012
Written by: Kevin Eastman, Michael Dooney, Mark Martin, Mark Bode
Art by: Kevin Eastman, Michael Dooney, Mark Martin, Mark Bode

IDW Publishing, 104 Pages

Review:

I hadn’t read the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff since I was a kid. Back around 1990, I spent a lot of my allowance money on the original Eastman and Laird TMNT comics. I loved the franchise and the source material was much more badass and violent than the cartoon or the live action movies.

Initially, the Turtles weren’t for kids. They were just a weird creation that happened to eventually appeal to kids and thus, everything after the original comic book series got much more family friendly.

Sadly, like most of the comics I’ve revisited from my youth, this one just doesn’t hold up very well at all. I never disliked reading TMNT because of the art but it’s sort of primitive and ugly. Although, at the same time, it looks and feels like an ’80s indie comic, which does work to its advantage.

The thing is, I can excuse bad art if the story is at least engaging. Unfortunately, most of this collection just isn’t that interesting. I would assume that the first story in this collection of tales pulled from various issues is considered the best of the best, as it is the first chapter in the first volume of TMNT classic collections. It’s a pretty one-dimensional story that really holds no bearing over the Turtles universe.

The first story is in traditional black and white but the stories after that have been colorized. However, all the stories after the first are just shorts. Most of them read like an extended comic strip and while they do showcase the characters fairly well, it just seems like a lot of senseless filler that doesn’t do much to enrich the Turtles mythos.

If you are a hardcore Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, this may be worth checking out. However, if you just liked the cartoon and some of the early films, you probably won’t find much value in this collection.

Rating: 5.5/10
Pairs well with: The original old school run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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