IDW Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 review
In the first issue of IDW’s tie-in comic for Nickelodeon’s new TMNT cartoon, the Turtles face their greatest enemy yet: gentrification. Read on for the Allspark’s review of the new series!
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Writing: Matthew K. Manning | Art: Chad Thomas
Colors: Heather Breckel | Letters: Christa Miesner
Though it’s still very much new to the screen, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feels a lot like Transformers: Animated – while clearly made with a lot of love for past iterations of the franchise, it brings an envelope-pushing new style while mixing up traditional elements to create something that feels remarkably fresh. Fortunately, IDW’s tie-in comics for the series live up to that – from the character artwork to the dynamic action to the admittedly cheesy humor, this issue feels like it blends in perfectly with the world of the show.
After spending a few pages introducing our heroes with a slapstick action sequence for the sake of new readers, the comic jumps feet-first into its admittedly simple plot: Baron Draxum, master of mutants and archfoe of the Turtles, decides to test their mettle by sending a powerful mutant to fight them. For the task, he picks obnoxious hipster dudebro Harvey Hokum, who quickly gains one of the most groan-worthy pun names I’ve ever seen – though that’s hardly a bad thing.
The issue’s lightness on plot is more than made up for by the excellently-choreographed action and panelwork from Chad Thomas – and the humor, while not exactly highbrow, still gave me a good few chuckles. Though issue #1’s plot was pretty much self-contained, a teaser at the end of the issue seems to promise extra serialization in future.
This comic, much like the cartoon it’s based on, looks to be decidedly more light-hearted fare than IDW’s main Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuity – but sometimes, that’s just what you need. If you like what you’ve seen of the Rise cartoon, I definitely recommend checking this one out.
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