These two stories were my first written meeting with certain mutated turtles. I’ve seen plenty cartoons about them when I was a kid, but somehow never got my hands on the written stories. When I’ve picked these two books up I though it would concentrate on some event or certain characters. Instead, I got a set of short tales from characters past and present times. Even some from their past lives.
I received a copy of these books from the publisher via NetGalley.
TMNT: Allies and Enemies
by Mike Costa, Ben Epstein, Barbara Randall Kesel, Mike Henderson, Marley Zarcone, Ben Bates
The spotlight shines on some of the Turtles best friends and fiercest enemies! These individual stories focus on Casey Jones, April O’Neil, Bepop & Rocksteady, and General Krang of the current ongoing series.
This book has a short introduction to April and Casey and how they’ve started working with the turtles, although I felt these stories were a bit too short. At least from April’s side – I was expecting more and what I got felt like an abridged version.
Bepop and Rocksteady’s story was a big disappointment to me. I know there’s not really much to these two, they are a rather brainless wreck-it-all mobsters, but I was hoping for something better.
It wasn’t a complete disappointment, I had some good time reading this novel, but I guess it was more due to the graphic and basic Turtle-awesomeness then the story itself.
TMNT: Enemies Old, Enemies New
by Kevin B. Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan, Mateus Santolouco
The Turtles learn the amazing story of their previous lives, and begin their journey as a true team of brothers! Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman unveils a deadly new strategy for capturing them, just as General Krang arrives in New York demanding results!
It was a curious novel with a good backstory to Turtles origin. Or rather their past lives in old Japan, where Splinter and his sons try to survive.
We also get a glimpse (because I wouldn’t call it a full story) into Stockman’s plans against the Turtles. He has his moments, but I wouldn’t bet on him at this point ;).
This novel has some good action scenes that made it more exciting and fun to read than the “Allies and Enemies”. There were few moments that really caught me and I couldn’t put down the book.
It looks to me like these two novels are more of an introduction to the series. Maybe it’s supposed to be a revival of good old ninja turtles? It would be a nice start, but as solo books, they didn’t do much. Fans of the series probably won’t find many interesting things in here, but for people like me, it was a fun read. We got to know some of the origin stories for both heroes and villains, taste some action and all in an eye-catching, pleasant graphic style.
Do you like TMNT? Were these one of your favorite cartoons when you were a kid?
Have you read any good graphic novels about them?