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I haven’t read a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book in quite some time. Which is odd, since they were such a staple of my childhood. I still own the original Mirage Studios collections. You know, the ones on newsprint? And I’ve been hearing pretty great things about the current series from IDW. I sampled the recent Micro-Series offerings, and while I thought they were okay, with some pretty nice art, they didn’t leave me with a burning desire to come back. But then I heard that original co-creator (and current co-writer) Kevin Eastman was returning to full art duties on the 2012 Annual. How could I pass this up?

[Warning: Possible Spoilers.]

 

As soon as you pick up the 2012 TMNT Annual, you can tell something special is going on. It’s an $8 book, not cheap, but well worth it after the read. It’s got that classic “perfect bound” binding, reserved back in the day for the cream of the crop. A theme of retro elegance carries through.

Eastman and regular co-writer Tom Waltz draft a story that takes place within current continuity, but is open to anyone, even those who are not caught up with the series (like me). It’s a tried and true accidental caper, multiple parties involved in a tapestry of interwoven plot-threads, with no one group knowing exactly what is going on. The true star of the story is a treasure-filled briefcase, one which you might find yourself actually rooting for. But don't worry, the familiar gang's all here, too: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Casey Jones representing.

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The tale reminded me of something out of an 80’s Elmore Leonard novel, or one of those direct-to-video indie films where you think, “Why wasn’t this in theaters?” A mish-mash of crooked cops, tough dames, off-the-wall bad guys, and reluctant heroes (in-a-half-shell), you never quite know where this story will take you. Of course, this is the Ninja Turtles we’re talking about so, not to be underdone by the noir influence, we close out with some awesome Hong Kong-style Kung-Fu action – a giant, knuckles-to-blades-to-bullets brawl on the docks.

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While Eastman’s art was the reason I picked up this annual, I ended up loving it for everything else. I had a great time reading it, from the fun characterization to the scratchy line-work, one lovely true graphic novella. The dedication to TMNT co-creator Peter Laird was a nice touch. I’ll definitely be picking up IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collections soon. In fact, they are now at the top of my wish list.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012

5 out of 5

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