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Volume 1 of the New TMNT Comic Has Us Hungry For More!

Volume 1 of the New TMNT Comic Has Us Hungry For More!

By Matt Heckler

The classic TMNT cartoon that ran from 1987-1996 brought the Turtles from just a comic book to household name. There were action figures, live action movies, and just about anything else you could possibly want out of an awesome franchise. If you’re as excited as we are about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action reboot, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s a new comic book series that is DEFINITELY worth reading.

The first issue was published late in 2011, and restarted the comic series from scratch. You see the Turtles from the beginning, and it provides a fresh origin while remaining faithful to the original, and an absolutely perfect jumping on point. The first volume, called "Change is Constant," reintroduces the Turtles in a great way, and also brings some of our favorite supporting characters back to the fold.

Those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the comics before might not realize how big of a character Raphael is in those stories. He really was the main character of the books, as his loner nature had the tendency to cause him to go out on his own. In contrast, Leonardo was the leader, Donnie the brains, and Mikey the comic relief. "Change is Constant" definitely has that in spades, as the Ninja Turtles and Master Splinter spend the better part of the story trying to get Raphael back after he goes missing and loses his memory.

During Raphael’s search for his memories, he meets both April O’Neil and Casey Jones for the first time, two characters that are just as important to the mythos as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are themselves! Casey comes from an abusive household, and Raphael rescues him from his father and makes a close friend in the process. Casey Jones may not be book smart, but he’s brave, loyal, and exactly the kind of friend Raphael needs as a big green guy that doesn’t exactly fit in with everybody else.

We also get some early glimpses of some classic villains. Krang is shown briefly, and Baxter Stockman is a pretty big part of the story. Those of you who watch the cartoons may remember Stockman as the big bug man, but in this story, it’s a bit before he undergoes that rather unfortunate transformation. We also get to see hints of Shredder, though it is only foreshadowing of things to come.

On the whole, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1: Change is Constant, is a great jumping on point for new Turtles fans, as well as a great piece of nostalgia for those of us who grew up watching them on TV and reading the comics. It’s the perfect balance of fan boy cred and awesome accessibility for newcomers, and has all of the parts that make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so great.

Rating: B+

Tags: movies, teenage mutant ninja turtles, reviews, books-and-comics, tmnt

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About the Author
Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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