THIS JUST IN! – Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – IDW Publishing

Title : Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Publisher  : IDW Publishing

Writer : Matthew K. Manning (Batman, Justice League, and Spider-man)

Illustrator : Chad Thomas (Mega Man, Star Wars Adventures, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
Thoughts on Cover
I’ll be brutally honest readers, I had no idea what I was in for but the nostalgia of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a young lad had me intrigued enough to try it. I was nervous, as the luck we’ve had are some mediocre movies, an alright television show, and decent comic runs, but nothing to write home about.
The cover is colorful, over the top, and immediately tells us this isn’t the Ninja Turtles we used to love, they’ve been redesigned to fit in with their Nickelodeon image. The cover didn’t really do it for me, and almost made me think twice, but I admit it was very cleanly done, and I would have to compare it to an almost Powerpuff girls style of art.
Harvey Hokum, shifty salesman taking advantage of anyone he can by day, and falling into a demon door unexpectedly by night.
Jump into meeting the Turtles, who are all different breeds, making them literally completely different in style, size, and overall abilities. The design does make it easier to tell each turtle apart, but I just assumed the different color bandana’s did that good enough.
We are introduced to each one, April O’neil, Baron Draxum, and his creation for battle Harvey Hokum, or the aptly named… sigh… Man-Bun. Yeah, they went this route, playing on hipsters, making several jokes about them throughout the issue. We get to see the team in action, and learn about a few things to come, some not so nice which will leave you trying to guess, but gives no clues at all about the answer.
What I Liked
  • The cheesy humor worked most of the time, as it is the style of humor I tend to use in my everyday life. It felt like I was watching four dads try to out dad joke each other.
  • This comic would be perfect for the younger generation, while it walks a tightrope of innuendos and over the top violence, it doesn’t hold a candle to the Ninja Turtles we grew up reading. My son loved following along the story and seeing everything that was coming next.
  • The story was good, save for the fact it kept readers interested by relying heavily on puns, and sneaky one liners.
What I Didn’t Like
  • If you are going into this one assuming you will be seeing the Ninja Turtles as we’ve known them, don’t bother. This is a fun little dive into the world of a child’s view on them. It is perfect for those with young ones at home, or for those who just want a comic that won’t take itself too seriously.
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