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on January 5, 2013
I ordered this title along with Volume1 & Volume2 and read all three straight through and the only thing that I hated at the end...was that Volume4 wasn't avaliable until Febuary! I was born in '82 and am a "comic nerd" even today in my 30's and TMNT was in The Top of my favorite comics, whether Eastman & Laird or Archies TMNT Adventures.
Bravo IDW! You should take a bow! Being a TMNT and Comic connoisseur I salute you! 5STARS!
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on June 1, 2015
The Turtles finally meet the person whom named them, April O'Neil, and after explaining their past to her, the group decides to focus their attention on finding their master Splinter whom was kidnapped by Old Hob after a Mouser attack. This leads them to the doorstep of the company Stockgen. -summary

It's already becoming quite redundant calling this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run an amazing reboot. Therefore I'll just go ahead and say I wish that it was possible to read this initial story arc again for the first time. This volume collects issues 9 - 12 and the build up that took place across the first three volumes set the stage for the inevitable meeting with Shredder; and this volume doesn't disappoint at all with the encounter. I will go so far to say that this first all out battle with the Foot was better than the fight that took place in the original comic version.

The plot follows the Turtles as they're forced to stay with April in a vacant apartment. They take this time to plan on rescuing Splinter yet at the same time they learn more about their enemies the Foot Clan; whom are very well organized and are beginning their takeover of the city. Meanwhile, Splinter finds himself in the clutches of an old enemy.

Everything comes full circle here as the Turtles finally meet the monster whom had created them. This story element had been building up for awhile, and the cool thing is that the writing doesn't spend any time dragging this thing out. It moves at a quick pace without the filler, as Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz focuses on the situation by delivering just enough story to keep the reader hooked. This volume works masterfully well when concerning build up and the pay off surpasses expectation. The actual battle with the Foot doesn't feel the least bit cheap, as the action takes time telling its own story and just giving the readers what they been waiting for.

The character's had been developed very well by this point yet their progression doesn't really seem to stop. The character interactions are still a high point all around due to dialog being so well written. The Turtles really feel as if they have their own voice; they're just like a family whom bickers a lot but they clearly love each other. It's overall superb writing when the action and interactions are just about as interesting as each other.

Once again the visuals works very well in carrying the narrative. The artwork is indeed intense and it fuses very well with the dialog for strong dramatic effect. There's a sense of urgency through out every page as each deadly move is followed up by another. The backgrounds are pretty much forsaken at times due to the focus being on the action, this really didn't bother me though. I will point out that the artwork does feel kind of rush at times with character designs looking too inconsistent. It doesn't damage the pacing though since it doesn't feel too out of order.

There's no doubt in my mind that this is the best volume of the first three. The only real flaw is that some situations that took place are mentioned, because this main title was crossed over with the TMNT Micro-Series which played as a highlight for each of the Turtles. I don't think it hurt the pacing at all since nothing feels missing. In any case, this volume gets everything right and delivers on its promise of an epic battle that can easily be ranked as one of my favorites ever. It also ends on a high note setting up things for later. I highly recommend the first three volumes to not only Ninja Turtle fans but also fans of comics in general. One does not need to love or even like the Turtles to enjoy this. If you're looking for some solid superhero action then this book is for you.

Pros: Very exciting conclusion with solid artwork

Cons: Minor issues concerning artwork, nothing major
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
IDW does a great job with the TMNT title, the new stories, the new angles, the art. It captures the essence of every character and their own origins and how characters meet is new and good.
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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2013
I love the reboot of TMNT ever since Nick's acquisition (especially the show) and this comic series doesn't disappoint.

It's interesting to see a new storyline taking place with old characters, especially with the idea of reincarnation. It seemed farfetched at first, but then again I'm reading a comic about mutant turtles with feudal Japanese combat training. So there.

The final fight with the Shredder was a great way to introduce him, though I'm always wishing the Shredder will give the turtles quite the beat-down than just offering them a slap on the hand. I mean, he DOES defeat them, but they always seem like they're on more even ground than necessary.

Still, a great series, and the last volume to contain Dan Duncan's WONDERFUL illustrations.
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on June 8, 2013
I can't read through a comic if the art is less than great, but I am so in love with the artist's work in this series. The action, motion, and expression he animates inspires me on every page. I'm a long time turtles fan, and this comic is well written and seems to be a slight twist to the story- like Eastman has had time to dwell on the story and can now re-tell it. And I am eating it up. Amazing comic- so much better than any other super hero comic! I love how the artist can be playful and gestural in his depiction of every character. It keeps it fun. 5 star.
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IGN has done a stellar job of giving new life to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The third compilation book of the IGN series, this paperback book finally introduces April to the turtles, reveals where Splinter has gone, and features the full out battle royale between Splinter and the Turtles vs Shredder! The artwork is fantastic, the storyline concise, and the bonus art pieces at the end of the book were a welcome addition. Highly recommended for any TMNT fan.
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on June 14, 2015
The new Turtles series continues and its connection to the past but ability to tweak it at the same time is amazing. Seeing the Turtles dealing with their realization that Splinter is telling the truth and the bonds of family are fantastic. The art was a step in the wrong direction in this collection bringing down my grade. It looked very rushed. I wished the book slowed down its pacing a little more because I'm afraid it'll burn out but its an exciting read.
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on January 12, 2014
First off I would like to recommend that you read the other two volumes befor you read this.
Other then that this book is so good! Nice story lots of action! I like these IDW books avoided they are mostly for adults not for kids that or 7 or 10. Great book.
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on August 11, 2014
This was as good as the previous 2 volumes. It continued the story line very well. I would recommend this as well as the previous 2 volumes to any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans. I can't wait to see what Eastman and Waltz have in store for the next volume.
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on November 29, 2012
great book, i recommend it for anyone who's a fan of the turtles or simply enjoy reading comics, I've been loving this series since the beginning cant wait to get my hands on the next book
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