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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #9The friction between Donatello and Raphael, and Raph’s disrespect of what his smarty-pants brother brings to the team, causes Donnie to use Metalhead to attempt to teach him a lesson. Faking an emergency of the Kraang taking over the robotic turtle, the brothers struggle to stop Donnie’s invention – especially after he really does loose control.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #9 also offers a back-up story of Raphael’s tall tale to his brothers about a fight with an actual dragon rather than admit the his new black-eye came courtesy of training with April.

Both stories are fun and play on basic character traits of the Turtles. The first story allows the two to eventually come to an understanding. The second showcases Raph’s bruised ego and Donnie, Michelangelo, and Leonardo choosing not give their brother a hard time after learning his shiner came in the service of helping a friend. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Teenage Mutant Turtles (2014)
  • IMDB: link

Yeah… that’s about what I expected (I wish it wasn’t, but there you go). Here’s the first teaser trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie starring Megan Fox and produced by Michael Bay which opens in theaters on August 12th.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #32

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2014

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #32The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Northampton exile comes to an end with the arrival of Koya and his flock of assassins. The ensuing battle brings Leonardo all the way back to fight alongside his brothers and Splinter, creates a rift between Raphael and Alopex (ending my hopes of seeing more of the two any time soon), and reveals the existence of April‘s unusual friends to her parents.

Given Leonardo’s brainwashing and his distance from the rest of the Turtles it’s good to see him back in the thick of it when his family needs him most. It’s also clear that despite the Shredder‘s teachings Leonardo is no more bloodthirsty or vengeful than the the turtle was before his time in the Foot Clan.

I have to say I really enjoyed Ross Campbell’s art in this issue, especially with Alopex (who I am definitely going to miss as the arctic fox doesn’t accompany the turtles back to New York) and as he captures the joy of the Turtles in the midst of the battle with assassins. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31

by Alan Rapp on March 5, 2014

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31The Turtles’ Northampton retreat continues as April gets a spunky new hairdo, a still-confused Leonardo takes an important first-step into returning to his role as the Turtles’ leader, and Raphael finally accepts Alopex into the family, at least until Shredder’s new warriors led by Koya find them.

I’m hoping the bridge built between Raphael and Alopex, who I very much enjoy together, isn’t so quickly burned down as the Turtle is quick to blame Shredder‘s former soldier for leading the Foot Clan’s assassins to the group.

Other than the first appearance of Koya, who we should be seeing much more of next issue, and April’s haircut, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31 is most notable for Leonardo accepting the blue mask from Splinter and taking his place alongside his brothers yet again. Now we see if Shredder’s training, with the abscence of the brainwashing, has made Leonardo a more fierce warrior or if this too will take time. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #8The Rat King is one of my least favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villains but the latest issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures does what it can with the villain and also returns Monkey Brains whose attempts to control the rodent-controlling madman who stuck his mind in the body of chimp have unintended side effects when he accidentally gives the Rat King even greater control of New York’s rat population allowing him to gather them all together to form a giant monster swarm of destruction.

If that sounds kinda gross it’s because it is, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #8 also begins to further develop April O’Neil‘s unique sensibilities which prove instrumental in helping defeat the villain.

Those who are more fond of the Rat King than I am are likely to enjoy the issue more than I did, but even so there’s enough here in terms of character interaction and developing ongoing plots which I felt helped the comic work despite focusing on a villain I don’t much care for. For fans.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30

by Alan Rapp on February 5, 2014

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30The Turtles exile in Northampton at the family farm of April‘s parents continues as both Leonardo and Splinter attempt to work through their recent struggles and failures. Both receive visions of Hamato Yoshi’s wife and Leonardo’s mother helping to soothe their pain and trying to bring her family back together once more.

As Michelangelo struggles to put recent events down in writing and Donatello struggles without having the necessary equipment or research to do much of anything, Raphael continues to be distrustful of Alopex and the arctic fox’s actions concerning his recently brainwashed brother.

The low-key issue is very much presented as the calm before the storm. Alopex finds at least temporary acceptance with the Turtles, Leonardo begins interacting with his family, and even Raphael lets his guard down a bit. However, it is all to be short-lived as Karai‘s agents have found the Turtles which should lead into a much more action-packed issue next month. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #7It’s a date night (of sorts) for the Turtles. Donatello and April spend some time alone together trying some of the city’s various food choices, Michelangelo convinces Raphael to dress up to see the latest kung fu action flick in a theater, and Leonardo spends some rooftop flirting with Karai who he attempts to convince they could be friends.

Eventually all three stories merge as Donnie and April are attacked by the Purple Dragons and Dogpound and lead the small army to the theater where the battle interrupts Mikey and Raph’s movie night. Eventually the fight even spills back out into the open ending Leo’s opportunity to win over the Shredder’s daughter just as he was appearing to make some progress.

The ridiculousness of Mikey and Raphael in women’s clothing doesn’t go unnoticed by both friends and enemies, and Donnie’s attempts to shrug off any romantic aspects of his night with April seem only partially successful. And I always enjoy the combination of Leo and Karai, which is one of the TV show’s most interesting pairings. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #6Given strict orders by Splinter to stick to the shadows and observe the Kraang‘s movements in an attempt to uncover what the alien brains might be up to, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello prove that stealth and patience aren’t the group’s strong suit as they quickly engage the aliens and steal their new weapon which Raphael accidentally activates in the middle of the Shellraiser.

With an alien tentacle monster taking over their battle van, the Turtles’ evening gets even more action-packed as the foursome work together to stop the monster (eventually turning it on its Kraang masters). The monster is your basic monster of the week, but its destructive nature (and the fact that they accidentally unleashed it on the city) does give the Turtles a legitimate threat to deal with.

Memorable mostly for the characters interactions (such as Raphael literally poking the beast after being warned not to), and with plenty of action and Turtle hijinks, fans of the show should enjoy the foursome’s latest adventure. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29

by Alan Rapp on December 23, 2013

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29Beaten, battered, and broken, the Turtles exile from New York City begins with a trip to April‘s family farm in Northampton. The journey not only allows the Turtles time to rest and lick their wounds, and for Leonardo to come to terms with Shredder‘s brainwashing, but also for April to spend some time with her parents (which may also hold some important answers for the Turtles as well).

Splinter, the Turtles, Casey, and April aren’t the only ones who make the trip north as a former Foot lieutenant decides to stowaway with them. With Leonardo’s mind still far from right I’m going to be very interested to see what Alopex‘s true motives are and whether the arctic fox becomes a friend and ally to the Turtles.

From Leonardo and Raphael‘s continued squabbling, and Leo’s refusal to accept Splinter’s commands, it’s obvious there’s much healing to be done over the next few months but the tale April’s parents have to tell may give the Turtles yet another reason for returning home sooner than planned. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Top 10 Comic Issues of 2013

by Alan Rapp on December 6, 2013

in Top Tens & Lists

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Here’s my look back at the ten best single comic issues from the past year. Including ongoing series, one-shots, and mini-series, the only limitations I put on this list was that the comic had to have been released in 2013 (no reprints) and I limited myself to only a single issue from any one title. Because I was focusing on standout issues rather than consistently strong comics every month several of my favorite series missed the cut, but, if time permits, I may work up my regular list of best comic series of the past year as well.

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