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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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  • Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613770073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613770078
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice size - larger than standard comic book size (smaller than the Absolute editions).
Jonathan Nichols
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Vol 1 contains issues 1-7 and the Raphael one shot from the original Mirage B&W series.
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Overall a must read not only to fans of the ninja turtles but comic book fans in general.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chongo on December 7, 2011
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I'll have to admit I was pretty hesitant about purchasing this book only because I already owned these stories in two other tpb collections but my curiosity & fanboy inner demon got the best of me. Besides the hefty price tag it's a very nicely put together hardcover book thats been too long over due for fans of the original Mirage Studios comics. The art has been enlarged so the panels truly almost seem like they're exploding off the pages plus in between each issue there's commentary from Eastman & Laird respectably. Truly looking forward to more volumes down the road including the legendary "City at War" storyline, more material from the non Eastman & Laird run, the classic anthology series "Turtle Soup", Image Comic's run, & really, just about anything & everything in between. A big thanks to IDW Publishing this awesome collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Nichols on December 30, 2011
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Heads up to those that may not be aware; this IS a black & white book - NO color on the inside! That is how it was originally published, so it is supposed to be that way! This is a great story of the origins of the TMNT. Nice hardback cover that is in full color. Cool little commentaries at the end of each "issue" from the creators. Nice size - larger than standard comic book size (smaller than the Absolute editions). This is a must have for any comic book or TMNT fan. 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2013
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I don't own the original Mirage books, they are getting to be too hard to find and I was a fan more of the animated cartoon in my childhood. I later discovered the gritty original incarnation of the TMNT as Eastman and Laird created them.

Obviously, these are black and white, or printed with a total of 4 monocharomatic shades of grey and "sketchy" or gritty compared to modern comics. But it is amazing what the guys were able to create with such rudimentary format. Immense time went into layout, the artwork, many full page or 2 page spreads, etc. Being repackaged like this in oversized hardcover (color cover to boot) is a dream come true for some guys.

The books has some cool commentary or annotations by none other than Eastman and Laird themselves, harkening back to their early days as creators. Sometimes they are filler, but more often they give some interesting insight into what was going on behind the scenes as TMNT was getting off the ground and before it became the licensing giant for cartoons / movies / toys that it became.

Getting back to the art, I have some buddies have have some of the original issues, and digital scans of originals. Reportedly, some spots were cleaned up, or lightened as needed to re-release this in the best form possible. I take their word for it, and say that just to make the point that this might be THE best way to read these issues possible.

I hope to eventually own Volume II onward.....
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mirkvid on December 1, 2011
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Nice book, with very clean, sharp images. Lots of great info from Peter Laird after each chapter as well. Only downside is that the hard cover got a little dented during shipping. Other than that, this is a high quality book containing some of my all time favorite stories. Recommended for any old-school TMNT fans!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By duder on March 14, 2013
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So happy to receive this in hardcover! I'm not sure about the other reviewers but i did not notice a degradation of the print quality for the large pages. I enjoyed it and plan to purchase the rest! best nerdy coffee table book ever!
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Critic on January 30, 2012
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Book in really sturdy, large, well bound and has very nice paperstock. Also annotations after each chapter are really awesome but they'd need a little more old promotional art, paintings and drawings.

On other hand every single comic page in this book is pixelated or fuzzy. So there isn't really advantage of the big luxurious format. Material is ecxactly same as what Mirage used in their regular-sized paperback in 2009, just recycled and packaged. Especially issues 2,3 and Raphael one-shot are really horrible. Double-page spreads are little messed up too because art flows into spine and reader cant see every piece of artwork and dialogue as it should be seen (this will be corrected in second printing).

In addition to bad looking artwork im not sure are issues 1-4 really lettered by Eastman, some of them just looks re-lettered with more empty space in bubbles. You can make your own opinion by checking out this website and sample pages of each issue. To me they just seem more original than those used in book. Of course i don't know are THOSE re-lettered versions...

Overall this book is really grat way to discover or rediscover the original TMNT comic, but NOT RECOMMENDED for peaople who want to enjoy art and thinks that the book will showcase it better than any older collection. In fact this book should've been scanned from 90s trades by Mirage, they really have great line quality when compared to this compilation.
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Hopefully editors use better source material for further volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dyer on August 11, 2014
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Having grown up on the cartoon TMNT but been told that the original series was much more adult, I decided to check out this run of the original series.

Although this is in no way a kid's title, I found it quite excellent. Much of the "darkness" of this series is very tongue-in-cheek, but is nonetheless, perfectly done--the right amount of humor is mixed in to offset the grimness. Vol. 1 only contains the first 8 stories, but this was a good introduction to many of the characters that would morph into the TV Show characters (the turtles, Splinter, Shredder, Casey Jones, April O'Neil, Kang, etc) allowing the reader to explore their original origins.

All-in-all, I highly recommend this graphic novel for anyone interested in seeing how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were before they were kiddiefied.
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