Here is the scoop on issue 2 of the new TMNT
This issue has three distinct storylines. The first story involves Raphael and his new friend, Casey Jones. I won’t spoil how they meet, but through their meeting we learn that Raphael is homeless and has lost his memory. The last page of this issue shows the new friends about to head out to get something to eat. Based on what Casey returns wearing, I think Raphael and Casey may have different ideas for the night.
The second storyline is a flashback to how the turtles came to be. April is working late at the lab when Splinter the rat brings her a top-secret disc containing the info about the terrapin/human ex0-armor. There are ninjas, a get-away gone wrong, a tragic spill and voilà, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a giant talking rat sensei. We also learn how Raphael came to be separated from his brothers. Very clever.
Finally, we get a little present day action with the other turtles. While they are frustrated with their fruitless search for their brother, Splinter remains hopeful about a reunion. He also foretells a grave future with many enemies. Hmm…
More TMNT awesomeness. I am a big fan of the rebooted storyline. I like getting little glimpses of the past mashed up with the present. It’s like a little secret begin revealed one bit at a time. I can’t wait to find out about Raphael and Casey’s big night out and I am so curious to find out what April did after the break-in. And of course, Splinter’s grave prediction is bound to come true sooner or later, so there are awesome street battles to look forward to. I am sticking with the heroes in a half-shell. Next on my list: Superman Action Comics #2 and Wonder Woman #1.
The beloved heroes in a half-shell from the 1980s are back! Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are back to fighting the evil Shredder alongside their sensei and adoptive father, Splinter. The story of their origin has been reconceived. This new breed of ninja turtles are not the result of toxic ooze exposure. Instead, they are the product of genetic engineering at the hands of the mad scientist, Dr. Stockman. April O’Neill is still an unsuspecting lab assistant, but in the updated version of the story she is the one who bestows the Renaissance-inspired monikers upon the cute little lab turtles.
The newly drawn ninja turtles have a fiercer look to them and the series opens with a dark alley battle between Shredder and his gang and three of the four turtles and Splinter. It is in the opening frames that I spotted the biggest difference between the new turtles and the turtles I grew up with: they all had red masks! Each turtle still had their trademark weapon, which is how I figured Raphael was the missing brother. I kind of miss their different colored masks, but as long as they keep their trademark weapon and personalities I’ll be ok. I did appreciate that pizza and the phrase “cowabunga” still remain important aspects of the ninja turtle way of life, kudos to the writers for subtlety slipping those in! All of the key players in the turtle world have been introduced or mentioned in the first volume so I am looking forward to the story really taking off in volume 2.
If you were a fan of the original turtles, you will not be disappointed. If you are too young to remember the old ones, welcome to the wonderful world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I for one, am happy they are back. Time to go grab volume 2!