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Ballad of Villains!

Bad guys need love too, right?

Well, that would certainly appear to be the case in this instance.

That’s right, turtle fans…the awesome powerhouse that is IDW is due to release a brand new mini-series in the TMNT-verse that centers completely around a few, choice villains that have appeared within the pages of the rebooted series. Due to have the first issue hit the shelves on April 17, 2013, this micro-series will feature issues centering around Krang, Baxter Stockman, Old Hob and Alopex.

This might be a bit of a gamble. After all, who wants to see their favorite member of the fabulous four getting their tails beaten from the perspective of the bad guy? However, I do have to admit that my interest and curiosity are both piqued. The writers at IDW have written these rebooted (in the case of Stockman and Krang) villains of the TMNT-verse closer to those of the original comic books done by Eastman and Laird.

You know…badasses that can actually be taken seriously unlike their 1980′s cartoon counterparts. Seriously…it’s impossible to be terrified of an android body that looks like a giant baby wearing a red speedo (though I will admit the that ‘Cybermen‘ versions of the Nickelodeon cartoon are a definite improvement and step up from that). However, the Krang and Stockman that IDW has created are by no means ridiculous in any way.

And Alopex and Old Hob aren’t exactly pushovers either.

With all of this in mind, I actually would be interested in reading a series of issues from their perspective. It would be interesting to take a peek into their minds.

Why won’t the Shredder be sharing in this particular ‘solo tour’? Well…he is the central villain in the main comic, so perhaps the writers at IDW thought it would be a case of overkill, and if that is the case, I would have to agree. So why then was there a micro-series revolving around the intrepid heroes of the series?

Simple…

Because they’re just too awesome to be limited to the pages of one, central story!

And let’s face it…in a world where Michael Bay threatens to destroy this beloved fandom, we need every bit of awesomeness we can get!

Until next time!

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Ninja Turtles Rumors Include Krang And The Technodrome

The star-crossed Ninja Turtles reboot, while attempting a major departure from the heroes’ familiar origin story, may include some familiar faces after all.

El Mayimbe, a Latino Review cinema sleuth with a history of producing genre film scoops, claimed on Twitter last month that a copy of the Ninja Turtles script he procured features Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, the Technodrome and Dimension X.

Here are the tweets in question:

“Reading a script called THE BLUE DOOR by Nemec & Applebaum. THE BLUE DOOR is the secret code name for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! ;)”

Followed shortly by:

“Skimming through Turtles, I see KRANG and THE TECHNODROME RT”

And finally:

“Skimming through, I also see BEBOP and ROCKSTEADY and see something called DIMENSION X. RT”

I know what you’re thinking, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any mention of the Neutrinos.

Any self-respecting child of the early 90s will tell you that Krang was the evil talking brain who traveled around in the gut of a human-like exo-suit. Bebop and Rocksteady were henchmen who had been transformed into a warthog and a rhinoceros respectively. And the Technodrome was a mobile, underground fortress from which the bad guys hatched all their most nefarious plots.

None of them reached the silver screen in the previous TMNT films, although Tokha and Razzar from the second flick were kinda/sorta analogous to Bebop and Rocksteady (but not really).

The character of Krang also surfaced recently in a brief synopsis purportedly connected to the latest film, which has been titled simply Ninja Turtles.  Although unconfirmed, the synopsis makes Krang out to be the main villain.  Here’s the synopsis in question:

“After their planet’s destruction, four turtle-like alien warriors and their master come to Earth, where they join forces with reporter April O’Neil to prevent the extradimensional conqueror Krang from enslaving the human race.”

The latest film’s tumultuous production has been well documented, from the fan backlash, its extra terrestrial take on the turtles’ origin, and Paramount’s decision to delay the project. But despite the stream of controversy and rumor, I have to admit these latest tidbits intrigue me.

Let’s assume for a moment that these rumors are true and Krang and company make an appearance.  We then have a Michael Bay-produced movie featuring a reimagined team of ninja turtles from outer space battling Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady.  And somewhere in there, we’ll get to see the Technodrome brought to life on the big screen.

I dare you to look me in the eye and tell me that doesn’t excite you on some level.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8

Hello again fellow turtle fans!

Imagine my joy today when I not only went to my local comic book shop after having been deprived of it for the past few weeks due to their moving to a new location (which can only be described as a small airplane hanger…seriously, it’s HUGE), but also found the latest issue of the rebooted TMNT comic book waiting for me in my holding box.

Suffice to say, after all the sheer and unadulterated wrongness that has been going around as of late regarding the intrepid four (no, this is NOT a rant…but more will come later, you can rest assured about that), diving into this issue was a definite pallet cleanser for me. The creative team at IDW continues to deliver a story that is beyond entertaining with its combination of humor, action and drama.

This issue picks up immediately where issue #7 left off, and resolves the cliff-hanger only to leave us on a new cliff-hanger by the end of the issue. Apart from that, the story is also advanced. Krang continues to prove that he is not to be messed with, and he lets Baxter Stockman know that under no uncertain terms.

Shredder still hasn’t made an appearance, but it’s obviously something to which the story is building up. We also see Casey and April gradually growing a little closer. Oh, and April’s “stone age” van from the original live-action film makes an appearance ;)

We see Raph’s temper making a slow return, and we also see the brothers really utilizing Donnie’s intellect in a battle for the first time in the course of the reboot. Does this mean that IDW is gradually returning to the formula with which we fans are so familiar? Only time will tell on that one, but I’m more than ready and willing to wait and spend all the time it takes in order to see what happens.

Without going into too much detail as to the plot of the issue (if you haven’t read the issue), I can at the very least share with you that April finally meets the turtles in this issue.

Well…more to the point, she sees the turtles before fainting into Casey’s arms–the issue ending with Casey cracking a joke on the subject…

“I just wish I never taught her how to punch ’cause somethin’ tells me when she wakes up she’s gonna break my face.”

Suffice to say, I am very happy to report that I have yet to be disappointed by this comic book, and in today’s world where disappointment seems to be hounding the footsteps of the turtles (okay, so I lied…there’s a just a little bit of a rant in this post), I think we can all count ourselves lucky that while they’re being twisted into something completely different in the upcoming film, that their integrity is still being maintained upon the pages where they originally got their start.

Keep up the good work, IDW! You are making this rabid fangirl VERY happy :D

Nerd up!

Review: TMNT Issue #7

Hello again, fellow turtle fans!

Once again, I come to you with tidings of the awesome heroes in a half-shell!

Now, I know it hasn’t been that long since the last issue hit the shelves, but believe me when I say that it felt like FOREVER since I last got my TMNT fix (especially since our nearly cross-country move a few months ago made me fall seriously behind right off the bat), so you can only imagine my excitement when I found the latest issue in our pull-box when we went to the comic book shop yesterday. My excitement never once waned on the drive home, and I found myself once again more than pleased with the comic as a whole as I all but devoured it like a ravenous wolf (well…not literally, but you get what I mean).

In this issue, Krang makes his appearance in more than simple reference, and lets Baxter Stockman know under no certain terms that he’s not happy with his work progress.

Now, for all of you who watched the 1980′s cartoon, Krang looks like a more bad-ass version of how he looked in that instance. Just looking at him, you know that his voice is more menacing than the grating, borderline doofus voice that his cartoon version had. Also, instead of the giant baby wearing suspenders and speedos that was his mechanical body in the cartoon, his mechanical body in the comic book (pictured in the image to the right) cuts a much more imposing (not to mention hulking) figure. Befitting his title of ‘General’, his mechanical body is attired in full military garb complete with a beret. Unlike the Krang from the original cartoon (which was actually quite funny when he got irritated), this is not a Krang that you would want to cross. You just know it.

We also get a glimpse into the slowly budding relationship between April and Casey (you knew it would only be a matter of time ;) ). Shredder still has yet to make an appearance, but that’s more than alright. I have absolutely no problem with IDW working up to the reveal of the turtles’ ultimate nemesis.

Once again, it is Donnie who acts as Leo’s foil (butting heads over logic vs. blind faith), while Raph assumes a more easy-going persona, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t like this change because it shakes things up a bit and lets all of us loyal fans know that Raph’s not the only one who can question authority. Perhaps it’s the writer in me, but I really love that kind of character development. Now, don’t get me wrong. Raph makes an awesome bad boy with a heart of gold (Exhibit A being the 2007 TMNT movie….I mean seriously, who amongst us can honestly say that the rooftop battle between him and Leo didn’t get their heart racing? Don’t bother lying…I know you were sitting on the edges of your seats), but at the same time, this new Raph isn’t the same Raph that we’re all accustomed to.

He had amnesia and was living on his own for the first few issues, remember?

He’s still figuring out exactly who he is. Now I know this next comparison might get lost on some of you, but think of him as Doctor Who after he’s been newly regenerated. While at his core, he remains the same guy, other things nevertheless change…sense of humor, sense of taste, sense of style, certain idiosyncracies, etc (if you’re a Whovian like me, then you can immediately think of more than once instance of those examples, lol). In the mean time, while Raph is busy getting to know himself and his family again, the position of foil was required to be filled by another (because siblings never get along 24/7), and since Mikey is simply too happy-go-lucky (in any and every incarnation) to be at odds with anyone, the logical choice was Donnie.

Who knows what future issues have in store?

Well, after this issue’s cliffhanger, I think some sort of resolution would be in order!

And no, I’m not going to tell you what it is. Call me a meanie if you want…call me a blue meanie if you want (by the way, whoever gets that reference gets a cookie), but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

And on that note, I would like to close with this thought…

Reboots are very tricky ventures (whether they be on big and small screens or on pages), and they can very easily rub hard-core fans the wrong way (Exhibit A being my die-hard, Superman fan of a husband not being even remotely pleased with how the reboot of his ultimate favorite superhero is going). But I’m finding that such is not the case with TMNT’s reboot. Overall, I am still genuinely stoked and beyond pleased with how IDW is handling the resurrection of my four favorite heroes. From the actual storyline to the art, I couldn’t be more pleased, and I greatly look forward to what IDW has in store for the next issues to come.

Until next time, peace, love and cookies…or in this case, pizza!

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Turtle Power!! A Retrospective Of The Series So Far

Cowabunga says it all! ;)

Between the move, having to find a new comic book shop, and then getting all my missing issues ordered in, I FINALLY got caught up on my beloved heroes in a half-shell last night, and all I have to say is WOW! Now, this isn’t just my fangirl excitement talking, because believe me, if IDW had done a bad job at rebooting TMNT, you would be reading a rage-filled rant instead of a happy and excited review. First of all, the way everyone is drawn (not just the mutants, but all the human characters as well) is VERY well done. The story pulls you in from the very first page of the first issue, and right off the bat it’s made obvious that the reboot walks the same line that the original comics did (the same grittiness is there, and no punches are pulled when it comes to violence. Simply put, these are not the “wussified” turtles of the 19080′s cartoons.

The first issue  opens up on a battle between the intrepid heroes (Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Splinter) as they face off against a gang of thugs headed by a mutant cat named Old Hob. It isn’t until after the battle that you the reader learns that Raphael is missing, and has been for a while. The first comic takes place in the middle of all the action and thereby sets the stage for the rest of the series–letting you the reader know right off the bat that something is amiss in the lives of the intrepid terrapins (moreso than usual). In the second issue, you learn that Raph has been homeless and living on his own because he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. He and Casey Jones soon meet and form a fast friendship.

However, as I read the issues that followed, I could not help but feel that I had missed something because references were being made to past events that I could not remember from any of the lore (whether it be from the movies, the many cartoon incarnations or the original comics), and the timeline itself seemed off. However, I stuck with it because I was determined to figure out what was going on, and as I kept reading, all the blanks began to get filled in with a very Tarantino methodology.

While this is indeed a reboot of the original Mirage comic, there were definite changes made to the lore as well as to the core characters. For example, both April O’Neil as well as Casey Jones are college students–April exceedingly bright and majoring in one of the science fields (it’s never actually stated which one it is), and Casey is a jock with a heart of gold attending on a hockey scholarship which is currently on hold because he’s on academic probation. How do these two meet? April offers to tutor Casey in exchange for lessons in self-defense. While this is a change from the two characters we fans have grown to love, it’s only a small change and quite frankly I don’t see anything wrong with it. After all, how many professions has April’s various incarnations had over the years? She’s been a reporter, she’s been a lab assistant, she’s been an archeologist, so she’s obviously an adaptable character. In this instance, both she and Casey were made younger in order to appeal to a newer and younger crowd, and if that helps my favorite comic book get a larger and stronger following, then I’m all for it!

Another small change is the fact that Donatello is more of a foil for Leonardo at this point than Raphael is–the two of them often butting heads over logic vs. blind faith.

The main change made to the lore is the actual origin story of Splinter and the turtles. IDW took the origin stories of both the original films as well as the original 80′s cartoon, and gave them a completely different twist…

Reincarnation.

Now, don’t go rolling your eyes in annoyance. I know that the whole “reincarnation” thing is a bit old hat, but the writers at IDW made it work.

Trust me.

We find out through Splinter’s POV that he was in fact Hamato Yoshi in his past life, and when he was Yoshi, he lived in Feudal Japan. Now, I won’t go into too much detail in case you haven’t read them yet, but Yoshi was married to Tang Shen (remember her from the 1st film?), and they had 4 sons (see where this is going?) who remained nameless all throughout the recounting of that tale. What happened to them? Yoshi and Oroku Saki had a falling out, and Saki killed them all (again, I’m not going into too much detail here for the sake of spoilers). In any case, Yoshi gets reincarnated into the body of a lab rat in present day New York, and his four sons are reincarnated into the bodies of four baby turtles that are being held in the same lab–the lab in which April interns, by the way and which is run by none other than Baxter Stockman (original comics, sociopathic Baxter Stockman, not the sniveling 1980′s cartoon Baxter Stockman).

While Foot Ninjas have made an appearance, the Shredder has yet to make one. Krang–known as General Krang in this incarnation–was mentioned in passing by Stockman, but he has not yet shown himself; however, it was made clear by Stockman that Krang and the Foot (or more to the point, Krang’s competitor whom the Foot represent) are at odds with each other. Other nods to the ”old” that do make an appearance are the M.O.U.S.E.R.S (Stockman’s carnivorous robot inventions), as well as Bebop and Rocksteady (though with those two, you need to read the Raphael Micro-Series).

All in all, this reboot is an AWESOME blending of both old and new, and I would HIGHLY recommend this series for anyone to read.

Nerd up! ;)

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