Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures Volume 1 - Ashley's Review

*I received this comic as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/IDW Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures Volume 1
Authors: Kenny Byerly, David Tipton, Scott Tipton, Erik Burnham and Dario Brizuela
Publication Date: January 21, 2014

Synopsis: Spinning straight out of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon comes an all-new, all-ages TMNT book perfect for fans both old and new! 

Four fantastic tales pin the Turtles against villains new and old like Snakeweed, the Shredder, and a horde of zombies?


Review: So, I'm not going to lie, I'm not a huge fan of the animation in the new TMNT series on Nickelodeon. It just looks weird and I've always been used to the turtles from the '80s. I like the show well enough, bu the animation and their new look is just not my favorite.

That being said, I think it actually translates well to a 2-d format. I really enjoyed the art and the colors in this comic, and the characters seem more... traditional?... than they do in the TV show. I really loved the additional artwork between the chapters. It was sometimes a little darker than the rest of the comic, but I felt like it captured the turtles accurately without being too scary for little kids. 

The stories were fun and entertaining, and one chapter even played with zombie culture. I love that the new show has modernized the turtles a little bit, but still stayed true to the characters. Well, the fun characters. Not the dark, gritty, original comic turtles. It was also educational too - Donatello knows what he's talking about! In the zombie chapter, he gives the actual origin of zombies... and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. It's fun for kids and adults! 

I would totally recommend this to any fans of the TMNT show, comics, etc. I believe that anyone, young or old, could enjoy this comic. Maybe buy it for your kids or your nieces & nephews or your friends' kids and read it with them. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment! 4/5. 


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