Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 1: Change Is Constant
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New
Written and drawn by: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan
Read by: Anna/Central Library Teen Room
This is a new take on the original series. The four turtles (Rapheal, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo) and their rat sensei (Splinter) seem to originate in a lab, where they were being used in science experiments for the military. April O’Neil and Casey Jones are college students just getting a foothold in life. Some unknown ninjas break into the lab and try to steal the turtles, whom April has come to care for. The turtles are minus one for a good portion of the story as Raphael was snatched as a baby and never found.
I loved reading this! Yes, I’ll fully admit to being a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan in the 80’s when I was a kid. I still am. So finding this new series made me very happy. The art was spectacular, the emotions clear on each character’s faces, and something, almost old fashioned about the way they were drawn and the colors that were used made it perfect. My only problem was that ALL of their headbands were red, which made it hard to determine which turtle was which unless they were openly carrying their weapons. The story was also well developed, and had a clear ending, though it’s obvious it will continue in the following volumes. Just a fair warning, the story does go back and forth from the past to the present, and back again, but it’s pretty easy to tell what’s going on where and when. Overall, I loved this, and I hope a new generation of TMNT lovers will find it enjoyable as well.
In the second volume, you do learn why all four turtles are wearing red headbands. They also receive their proper color headbands in this volume. More of their reimagined past is revealed, and Splinter is taken at the end, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger. Again, the art was well done, and the storylines were good as in the first volume. I highly recommend this new series for anyone who has never even heard of the turtles and for old fans alike. Well done, and I’m impatiently waiting for more!