Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the IDW published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

For those of us of a certain age, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was our jam, thanks to the ’90s cartoon.

Reading the original Eastman and Laird comics was a mind-trip and a revelation that only made sense when you become informed of other comics in existence (mainly those Frank Miller Daredevil comics), so they never really solidified as part of the TMNT consciousness that we all formed.

While there have been many attempts to recapture the lightning in the bottle that was the cartoon, as a comic series, it had sadly been dormant.

That is until IDW got the license and somehow started this new series – which is fan-damn-tastic.

Despite having a massive rotation of writers and artists, all of them seem to have been given a giant playbook and they are going through it like a well-oiled machine, handing off story-lines and events smoothly that you never feel disjointed.

Then there is the art, with the artists really showcasing the “ninja” aspect of the series, going for full on beautiful action sequences (especially Mateus Santolouco, whose art is drool worthy) that just suck you in as you imagine their movements from action to action.

This series is ridiculously better than it should be and deserves far more recognition than it gets (and it gets a pretty decent amount already).

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