Comic Reviews: COWABUNGA!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
That’s right, the Turtles are BACK! IDW has gotten the rights to turtles in a half shell, and one of their first orders of business is relaunching the team with a new #1. Spearheaded by Kevin Eastman, one of the original creators of the Turtles, the issue brings us a new villain, and surprisingly a new origin for the iconic team.
The issue starts with a standoff between Splinter, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and new villain Old Hobb. Hobb is essentially an old alley cat, who has his own gang of miscreants and a grudge with Splinter. The two groups do battle in a very well done fight sequence, and eventually the Turtles succeed. But where is Raphael? The action then moves on to show us a flashback to the Turtles new origin, which is quite the departure from the more well-known one.
While I’m not the biggest fan of this new origin, the comic is still worth checking out, mainly because there are a lot of clues and hints as to where this will all go. Eastman not only provides the plot but also the pencil breakdowns, which are then picked up by writer Tom Waltz and penciller Dan Duncan, whose style is both reminiscent of the original Eastman and Laird comics and its own original style. IDW and Kevin Eastman’s reinvention of the Ninja Turtles is a lot of fun, and there are enough in-jokes for fans that will bring a smile to their faces. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an old school blast that fans shouldn’t miss.
Kick-Ass 2 #3
What’s this? Kick-Ass 2 FINALLY has a new issue? Yes that’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s sequel to the original hit has a new issue, even though it’s only been about 6 months since the last one. This issue finds Kick-Ass walking with his new super-hero friends, and the arrival of Red Mist, who is now a villain. This issue was worth the wait, as it starts to get the plot rolling, and features some absolutely brutal violence, courtesy of Mr. Romita Jr. Once again, even though I’m mad at this book for being so late, I can’t stay mad at it when it’s this good.