|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Matt Keck|
Yes, the same Ninja Turtles you remember rapping with Vanilla Ice and playing as at the arcade Friday night just so you could wake up and watch their cartoon on Saturday Morning. They started as a comic book back in the early 80‘s and have manage to be one of the hottest and most merchandisable franchises in the history of fictional characters. Unlike many of these franchises, TMNT has managed to consistently stay relevant by reinventing itself.
After watching the feature length cartoon Turtles Forever (now available on DVD), I got back into the nostalgic feeling I had growing up with the Turtles. In the film, the newer cartoon version of the Turtles have a culture clash when the classic 80‘s versions arrive in their world. There is a huge mix up causing them to visit the original graphic novel versions of themselves, in what is one of the most carefully crafted and lovingly made cartoons I have ever seen.
As much as I want to continue gushing over the movie, we aren’t here for films, we are here for comic books, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seeing its own comic reboot being printed by IDW comics. The Turtles have never been out of the comic world, but this reboot is special. One of the original creators of the Turtles, Kevin Eastman, is back on the book and taking the helm.
This news was a shock to me, as I was out visiting comic shops to promote my new nerd oriented live show, and found the first two issues on the shelf. Though we are only two issues in, I feel as though this is a series myself, and anyone else with a hidden love for the Turtles will want to pick up and continue to follow. They have gone back to the original red masks, and we are back in a position of Raphael out on his own, running into Casey Jones, who is an abused teen saved by Raphael from his father in issue two.
Don’t think TMNT is planning on ignoring its nearly 30 year history. We get a nice throwback when Raphael pulls a shirt out of a dumpster that reads, “Cowabunga!” and he replies, “That’s just not right.”
All of your favorite characters are there from April O’Neil to Master Splinter, and this run is a great opportunity to reminisce about your childhood, or share the brilliance of these classic characters with the young people in your life. I know my childhood would have been completely different without the Turtles, and I’m sure as hell glad to see them back!
This INK is coming straight from the mouth of the snake himself
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