Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 (August 2011)


I recently read how the in-joke of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is their origin was a side effect of Daredevil’s origin; subtle homage.

Not so here, in IDW’s relaunch. Instead, here the Turtles and Splinter (and a big bad rabbit) are the result of some genetic experiment. The issue’s split between modern day and flashback. The modern stuff is lame. It’s hard to believe writers Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz think Splinter’s exposition is good. The lofty, pseudo-Eastern nonsense makes one wish Splinter would get knocked out, just to shut up that narration.

The Turtles themselves are without personality. Eastman and Waltz just don’t have time.

Dan Duncan’s action artwork is nothing special. He’s too raw for IDW’s overproduced book; especially the colors.

But in the flashback, Duncan’s excellent (drawing people, not animal people). The plot’s more interesting too.

So far, Turtles is better without the Turtles.


Writers, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz; pencillers, Eastman and Dan Duncan; inker, Duncan; colorist, Ronda Pattison; letterer, Robbie Robbins; editor, Scott Dunbier; publisher, IDW Publishing.