Who does not remember them? Our four favourite Renaissance named turtles are getting a big revitalization the last months, specially after the announcement of the movie. Mikey, Don, Leo and Raph are thus back with some new series, including a re-issue of the old comics in colors.
As a casual turtles fan, since I only had watched some of the TV-Series and played some of the games, it was a great deal of news. Not the movie, since it is going to be an “alien” disaster. But the comics. I recently subscribed to the comic at my local store and I got my first issue this month. It was good ol’ turtle awesomeness.
You see, the problem I always have with some comics is the art section. I know there are some great comics out there with terrible art, but it is somewhat difficult to overlook one of the main features of the sequential art. I have been reading Batman for a long while, but sometimes, even though the images look great, the story can range into the totally confusing. The Night of the Owls is one of those examples. When our favourite bat was lost in that labyrinth made by the Court of Owls, I was just lost on what the meaning of this situation was. I consider myself being a bit bad when reading philosophy, but I doubt very much this particular number of the Dark Knight had any real sense.
This experience was not reproduced in the most recent number of the monthly TMNT. After reading the classic comic again, I approached finally to the new series, towards which I had been reluctant to buy them because of the terrible art. Most of the turtles seem to be doing constantly rage faces we see in the now popular memes. Some outlines are a bit crude. But while reading the story I was totally entranced. The new enemy, that evil turtle with a (gasp!) black mask was an incredibly easy enemy to approach to, but intriguing nonetheless. The text and constant speaking between the turtles reminds us what the story is and puts the non-reader up to date. The story thus becomes pretty solid and easy to follow, and still fun, specially in the final fight of the issue.
Yes, I may not like how it looks, but it still is great fun and easy to understand. Why need psychological complications if you can have just a fun story about some weird mutants?
May they smile upon your way!