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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-08 15:33
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New Volume 2 by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New - Kevin Eastman,Tom Waltz,Mateus Santolouco

Genre:  Action / Ninjas / Animals / Superheroes / Retelling


Year Published: 2016


Year Read:  2/11/2017

Publisher: IDW Publishing


Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  #2

 

Ninja

I would like to thank NetGalley and IDW Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars


Introduction:

Now, I have to tell everyone this: I am a huge fan of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” I may not have the toys or the video games to prove that, but I sure as heck got a lot of movies and DVDs to prove that theory! So, after I read part of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original 1980s run of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (the comic book series that jumpstarted the entire franchise), I was looking forward to checking out more “Ninja Turtles” comics and lo and behold, NetGalley happened to have a volume of the legendary IDW series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” available for free called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New Volume 2!”

What is this story about?

In this reboot of the famous franchise “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the story starts off with Master Splinter explaining to the audience about how he remembers a previous life in Feudal Japan where he was known as an honorable ninja named Hamato Yoshi, who was a member of the Foot Clan. But one day, when Hamato Yoshi’s former ally Oroku Saki wanted to kill a group of innocent people to show everyone that the Foot Clan was powerful, Yoshi disagreed with him and left the clan. Yoshi’s depature caused Oroku Saki to go to Yoshi’s house and murder his entire family and also Yoshi himself and at this moment, the audience wonders what became of this life that Master Splinter was reminiscing about. Meanwhile, during the present time, April and Casey Jones had finally met each other due to April needing someone to teach her self-defense, which Casey was obliged to do and Casey needing a tutor to help bring his grades up in school, which April could do. Later on, Baxter Stockman is up to no good as he creates a set of machines called “Mousers” in order to take down the Ninja Turtles and to grab Master Splinter so that way he could use Splinter’s blood to make super powered mutants for General Krang’s army!

What I loved about this story:

Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz’s writing: I will admit that I was a bit interested in seeing how a reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” would look like since we were going to get a reboot of this long running franchise eventually. So after reading this graphic novel, I was actually quite impressed with how they rebooted the origin story of the Ninja Turtles while remaining faithful to the original series. I loved the fact that Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz retold Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki’s backstory to the audience since I have always felt that it was important to explain about Master Splinter’s backstory to the newer audience so that way, they could understand the world of the Ninja Turtles much better if they know about Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki’s backstories. Even though I wished that more was explored with in this department, I enjoyed how the characters interacted with each other, especially the turtles with Master Splinter and April and Casey with each other! I like the fact that the turtles refer to Master Splinter as their father as it made their relationship much more heartwarming to watch and actually gives a closer emphasis on how the turtles see Master Splinter as more than their sensei. I also enjoyed the growing interaction with April and Casey as I enjoyed seeing them share their personal lives with each other and I was also interested in how April was able to witness the turtles and Master Splinter’s transformation into the mutated heroes they are known as now and I am really interested to see where April and Casey will go after this volume!

Dan Duncan and Mateus Santolouco’s artwork: Even though the artwork is a bit too scratchy, I do enjoy the dark and gritty feel of the artwork as it shows that this retelling of the Ninja Turtles is dark and edgy like the original Mirage Comics and I also enjoyed the action sequences as they are shown in great detail.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I gave this book a three and a half star rating was because while the story was interesting, I felt that the story tended to jump around a bit too much due to having so many events happening in one volume (the turtles learning about their origins, April and Casey meeting each other, Baxter Stockman building his mousers, Krang trying to create an army) and the story felt a bit cluttered as a result. Also, I felt that while the artwork showed the action sequences in great detail, it was a bit too scratchy for my tastes and it was hard to see exactly what the characters were doing with the artwork being halfway blurred out and not being able to fully see the characters’ actions.

[****SPOILER ALERT****

This is a bit of a small nitpick, but I find the fact that in this version, the turtles and Master Splinter were actually Hamato Yoshi and his sons reincarnated to be a bit too far-fetched for my tastes. Maybe as a long-time fan of this series, I was so used to the turtles just being mutated by ooze and the fact that they are reincarnated in this version just seems a bit odd to me. Maybe once I read future volumes of this rebooted series, I might start to get used to the idea of the turtles and Splinter being reincarnations of their former selves.

****SPOILER ENDED**** (hide spoiler)]


Final Thoughts:

Overall, even though “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New Volume 2” was an interesting read and a pretty decent retelling of the Ninja Turtles stories, the cluttered storytelling and scratchy artwork made this volume a bit difficult to read through at times and I hope it improves in the next volume.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-04-07 19:17
Only okay
Revolution: Aw Yeah! #1 - Art Baltazar,Art Baltazar

Art Baltazar does Revolution for children.   It's fun but I'm not as crazy about this art in here as some of his other work.   I also am not crazy about the story; some of it is cute, but not as cute as some of the other works he's done.   

 

So... Three stars.   Might wait to read this on Hoopla or take it from the library.   Bought in a buy one, get two free sale at Newburys.

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review 2017-04-07 13:23
So much love for Soundwave
Optimus Prime #5 - John Barber,Kei Zama

Thundercracker takes a backseat in this issue, and I was about to be like 'eh, I guess last issue was an anomaly.'   I'm not entranced with the colors, or the Optimus Prime storyline  - even in the past - as some people are.   (I know; someone contacted me on LT and was talking to me about this.   And all the respect to that, it's just not my jam.)

 

However, Soundwave finds a brilliant solution to the Sharkticons, and I love him so much for that last page!   So, so much!   

 

I guess I'll be continuing with this series after all!

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review 2017-04-07 13:20
Oh, Thundercracker, you make everything better
Optimus Prime #4 - John Barber,Alex Milne,Kei Zama

Why did I pick this up in print?   Because I got it for free.   It's was a buy one, get two free, and you could get up to twenty comics free.  I was trying to pare things down, and found for free?  I wanted to continue with this series.  I just had a hunch.   

 

And I've learned one thing: Seekers make things better.   Thundercracker's response to Marissa's comment about her mother being at the bottom of a bottle?   "Is she very small or is the bottle very-" and Marissa cuts him off.   Also, someone should tell him parenting dogs=/=parenting a child.  You don't usually have to tell the kids to stop humping people in public.   

 

Still, Thundercracker made this series work for me.   The war with the Junkions is getting started, and this is also helping.   Still, I find Thundercracker doing it for me - which, duh.   Oh, wait, no, I think I only told one person on here about this: I have a thing for Thundercracker and Skywarp in the Shattered Glass-verse, and thus something for TC in IDW - the publisher of these comics - because he's all cozy with the humans now.   At least Marissa.   And he loves his puppy Buster.   It's all too cute.   

 

Right.   And there's a war going on.   

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review 2017-04-07 13:11
Vigilem
Transformers: Till All Are One #8 - Mairghread Scott,Sara Pitre-Durocher

Carcer is actually a construct, hiding Vigilem, Liege Maximo's Titan.   And Liege Maximo is chaotic neutral in the Covenant of Primus, but seems to be eeeeevil in all the other universes.   Which is fine by me: he makes quite a striking Prime who's out to vindicate both himself and Vigilem.    

 

The things Vigilem does to get to his master, to free him, are truly chilling.   And I find myself more interested in this series than ever.   Whether dealing with politics, or just trying to keep most of the characters alive, this series never fails to thrill me.   

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