This comic did barely anything for me.
In the tradition of the classic comics, this one-shot/micro-series has a stand-alone tale involving Raphael with Casey Jones tagging along. They beat up some bad guys and discover *gasp* ANOTHER MUTANT.
I am not a fan of the late 80s/early 90s show. I have good memories of it growing up, but, looking back, nearly every character was a mutant. This made the Turtles far from special. This comic is basically a gigantic throwback to the old show by once again having a new mutant (mutant of the month, everyone?), and, on top of that, throwing in Bebop and Rocksteady. The whole concept of a bazillion mutants running around without the normal inhabitants of New York City freaking out is beyond me. Plus, everyone knows how to fight. It’s impressive! The last serviceable thing the comic does is hint at Shredder returning. I believe they should wait a long time before going into the Shredder mythos and build him up as the ultimate evil ninja-thing. This is just a teaser, though. So, we’ll see how it plays out.
The overall plot is boring and frustrating (unless you actually like the first television show and enjoy all of the nods towards it). The writing is too dramatic and stilted relying on way too many caption boxes for a character who probably does not think to himself all that often. Raphael’s about action, not words. Or, in the very least, those words should show off his character rather than just announce things (“So you wanna find the secret HQ. Play damsel in distress, win a magic ticket. Or maybe… you’re an errand-girl”). On another note, did anyone else notice that the text is really, really small? I have good eyesight, but sometimes it was a struggle.
The cover and some of the interior art are the most appeasing things about this issue. There are some interesting angles and compositions, but the backgrounds are less than robust. The colors by Fabio Mantovani are fantastic with great lighting effects and texture. The colors really help the art pop and are probably the best thing about this issue.
If you are a fan of the early show and not a Mirage purist, then you will probably enjoy this comic. Sure, I’m hung up on the previous set of series under Mirage and should be more open to this new take on the characters. But, it just seems like old ideas are being rehashed in unoriginal ways. It looks nice, but it remains rather stagnant.