Eagerly I have anticipated reading the new IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run. Much has been said about this fresh take on this team of reptile freaks. Many adaptations have been made of TMNT, originally a dark, edgy independent series, to the laugh out loud, cartoonish turtles of the 90’s, with styles ranging in between through out the decades. When publication began of this new series in 2011 I was interested, yet it would have to be put on the back burner. The series began after my switch over of purchasing hundreds of dollars in comics a month, to taking advantage of local library programs. The one flaw with library borrowing; it takes a while for the books to arrive at the library, then you must wait patiently for your turn.
Fast forward a few years, with my reinvigorated love for adult fantasy, and the TMNT series was lost deep in an imaginary, eventual tbr pile. Disappearing behind hundreds of hours of reading, and a list of must read comic books that grows monthly. Hearing the news that they were going to off personal favorite, Donatello, interested me, but I am more than aware that changes like these are temporary, and simply a plot point in a greater story line. Again, Ninja Turtles could wait.
Do not get the wrong idea, I want to read this series, I love those mutant dudes. I was the youngest of three boys, in the height of pop culture classics. My brothers influenced and nurtured my affliction with things they loved, Transformers, comic books, hockey cards. One morning my elder brother called me down to the basement to check out this ‘radical’ new cartoon. From that moment Ninja Turtles was my thing. It was the comic book I would collect, the toys on my wish list, the culture that I knew the history behind, the details, the story lines. I loved being a knowledgeable pop-culture-renaissance boy, but it was great to have one thing that I knew better than my brothers, one series I had more issues in. And the toys were mine, not handed down or unfairly traded to me. So, despite the modern comic series slipping down my radar, the little Chive in me still had to read these books. As a full grown Green Onion, it is about scheduling in my reading time, and other the things I need to read first and of course book budget.
Then a little blog post came along (I say little figuratively, he doesn’t do little). My Comic Relief put up a great piece on the lovable Turtles and a beautiful rebirth, and the well written, freshly plotted IDW series. Reading that post catapulted the comic back to the top of the tbr list, minutes later my reservation of the first few books were popped into my library account. And the waiting began… Quickly book 2 and 3 arrived but weeks were passing with no changes on the status of the first book. Anticipation was killing me, I was oh so tempted to go hit the comic store and purchase a copy of my own, but as all of you booknerds know, that book budget is not endless, and we have to be strategic with book purchases. Luckily, I have been distracted with a few great new series’ to hold me out, with Descender, Saga and Whitesand. Still, the waiting continued, until just yesterday, the satisfying email came in, on library day no less. Victory!
Well I busted through that first book in no time, but now I am going to make all of you wait. Ha! Did I like it? Was it worth the years of waiting? The weeks of anticipation? Is the story true to the characters? Does Mr. Kevin Eastman still have what it takes in a modern comic age? These questions will wait, next week I will review books one through three. Until then…
Thanks booknerds, cowabunga!