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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo One-Shot Comic Book Review


The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo” one-shot is radical.

Writer/artist Stan Sakai’s samurai rabbit character Usagi Yojimbo is no stranger to the TMNT world having appeared in various toy lines and animated series. For this special one-shot written and drawn by Stan Sakai, the two worlds collide once again. This time around, it’s not the current Nickelodeon incarnation of TMNT either. Instead, it’s sort of a combination of the original comic book version with a dash of the original animated series. Anyway, the 1600’s Japan set story itself finds Kakera needing Usagi’s help to repair a shrine before a catastrophic event takes place that could destroy the land. Since the villainous Jei and his minions are standing in their way of this mission, Kakera needs more than just Usagi’s help so he summons the 4 Ninja Turtles (come on, you know their names).

More often than not, crossover events are little more than cheap cash-grab gimmicks, but the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo” never comes across that way. Given that the original Usagi Yojimbo creator is penning and drawing this book, this one-shot feels like a real treat for fans. Even though the story feels limited given that Sakai only has one issue to work with, it’s fascinating to see how he blends the two universes together. Since the story is set in Usagi’s world, the story is deeply rooted in that world and mythology, but Sakai also manages to perfectly capture the characters of Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Leonardo as well. Seeing Sakai bringing beloved non-creation characters into his world looks and feels special. It will especially mean a lot to fans who are a longtime fan of both franchises dating back to the 80’s.

Perhaps the best part of this entire one-shot, however, is the fact that Stan Sakai draws the entire issue. Sakai’s really distinct art style is something that has been treasured in the comic world and for good reason. His panels and art are always so unique and unlike anything else out there. Seeing him draw an epic crossover like this is certainly something to buzz about.

Note: Usagi Yojimbo comic ads, a Ted Adams interview, and ads for other IDW comics and games are also included.

July 27, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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