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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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About the Author
Kevin Eastman - Born in 1962 in Portland, Maine, Kevin began drawing as soon as he was able to hold a crayon. His discovery of comic books gave meaning to his crazed doodling. When Kevin discovered and studied the work of Jack Kirby, Russ Heath, Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode and John Severin, he began to hone his craft. His first published work appeared in 1980, a year or so before he met Peter Laird. In May 1984, he and Laird published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, creating the hit heroes in a half-shell. Eastman co-writes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for IDW and can sometimes be found at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.
Peter Laird is an American comic book writer and artist. He is best known for co-creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with writer and artist Kevin Eastman.
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Top Customer Reviews
The origin story hasn't changed too much over the years, provided you ignore the 2014 film. (I do) There are some changes, though. For example, April O'Neil isn't a reporter in these comics. There are other things that have been changed over the years, but I won't spoil things for people who want to read this book and he surprised.
All said, I found this book very enjoyable. The stories are good and the artwork is great. I recommend this for all true TMNT fans.
Still... it's original TMNT. The book is beautiful overall and the interviews after each issue are AWESOME! I was and continue to be a huge fan of these earlier works. I highly recommend every volume in this release, and I own them all.
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!!
My only complaint is that the book isn't bigger, because there were A LOT of issues in the series, so I just hope they keep putting out these collections or someday create one giant anthology because after reading this, I seriously can't get enough!!