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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Original 1990 Motion Picture Special Edition Graphic Novel Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Original 1990 Motion Picture Special Edition Graphic Novel

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Original 1990 Motion Picture Special Edition” is a bodacious throwback for TMNT enthusiasts.

If you are like me and grew up on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in the 80’s, the first feature film in 1990 was a pivotal cinematic moment. Not only was it a superb adaptation of the comic book series, but it was thrilling to see live-action versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Splinter, April O’Neil, Shredder, and especially, vigilante Casey Jones on the big screen.

Now, as you may or may not recall, TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman were actually heavily involved with the comic book adaptation of the 1990 movie. Laird wrote the adaptation, Eastman crafted the layouts, Eastman, Laird, and Eric Talbot provided inks, and Eastman did the great cover art. Since this is the 30th anniversary of TMNT, IDW Publishing has wisely taken this memorable adaptation out of the archives and re-released it as an oversized special edition hardcover graphic novel.

So, what all is in this new SE release, you ask? Allow me to tell you. First up is the full color 65 page movie adaptation. For the most part, the story stays true to the film’s plot involving the pizza loving heroes in a half shell, April O’Neil, and Casey Jones trying to stop Shredder and the Foot Clan’s crime spree. There are a few subtle changes here and there (most notably the joke ending) and a few omissions, but this is a faithful adaptation to be sure. More than that, however, it feels like vintage Laird/Eastman TMNT as they remain true to the gritty/”Daredevil” spoof roots. It doesn’t hurt that fans get to pour over those drool worthy two-page spreads either.

The special edition part of the graphic novel is the inclusion of notes and layouts by Kevin Eastman on the entire adaptation. The drawings may be unfinished and some of the lettering may be hard to read, but this will certainly be of interest to TMNT fans and anyone who is curious about studying the comic art process.

Overall Thoughts: It’s an utter joy to re-read this movie adaptation again. It just feels right seeing the original creators team up for this particular comic release. It’s also equally entertaining to compare and contrast it to the movie as well. If you love TMNT and the 1990 film, this was tailor made for you.

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November 18, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , , ,

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