- 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: 1.2 x 8.4 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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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.....
The original comics are amazing, even if it does delve into a bit extreme and sometimes laughable territory (such as when they end up transported to another planet). But they're quite entertaining and addictive regardless of the subject matter, and that's what really counts.
What I also love is how they developed each of the Turtles' personalities as time went on. Donatello is always the crafty and technologically-oriented one, Raphael is the angry loner type, Leonardo struggles in many situations to keep them all together, and Michelangelo is of course the comic relief, and I also love how he and Raphael's relationship ends up being close. Raphael becomes quite protective of Michelangelo, even if it is only subtly hinted at in these first issues.
Where the movies left a lot of stuff out and changed a lot of things, the comics really expand and tie everything together.
I highly recommend this collection for first-time TMNT comic readers. All of the artwork is presented on bigger pages and panels than the originals, which makes it much easier to read and follow along, and the commentary by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman on each issue is also very interesting and provides greater insight into the conception of the Turtles and the artwork.
This is really a must-have for any fan of TMNT, and I can't wait for the second collection to come out in February!!Read more ›
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The only comic volume I have read. Still intoxicated from the last time I have read it. Damn the feels.Published 1 month ago by alison gilbert
I was surprised to see it was a reprint of the original comics. Loved it! The TMNT 2003+ series was so close to the story line.Published 3 months ago by DoctorGEE
Yes it's original TMNT, and yes they changed some of the images to improve quality overall. There are some differences is shading but nothing major to not buy and enjoy this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dodgerz23
It was a gift, Apparently these are super authentic. The recipient is very pleased.Published 5 months ago by bluenote22
This is an an Awesome collection. Very gritty. Not for young kids.Published 5 months ago by Rock Lee Kicks!