Published: February 8th, 2012
Written by: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
Art by: Dan Duncan, Ronda Pattison
Based on: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
IDW Publishing, 102 Pages
I have heard really good things about IDW’s regular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot series. I’ve only read bits and pieces over the last decade but I thought that I’d start way back at the beginning, in an effort to catch up with the 100-plus issues the series has now released.
The main selling point for me was that Kevin Eastman, the original TMNT creator, was one of the writers on this rebooted continuity. It’s sad that Peter Laird isn’t doing this along with him but Eastman’s involvement gives this take on the Turtles some real legitimacy.
I’m happy to say that this was a really good introduction to the characters and even if it tweaks their origin, somewhat, it felt true to the classic comic book series while also tapping into the spirit and energy of the cartoon, which was how most kids discovered the franchise.
I thought that the art was perfect, as it hearkened back to that primitive Turtles art style while also being a real improvement over it without trying to diminish the original series’ aesthetic.
It’s hard to say how much I’ll enjoy the whole series, just off of this first volume, but it left me gleefully optimistic. Time will tell but I think I’ll probably be pleased with what comes next.
Pairs well with: the rest of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run.