Friday, August 19, 2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #59 Review
Today where going to look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The TMNT where created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Originally it was going to be a parody of Daredevil, and the New Mutants as well as Cerberus, and Ronin. Eventually there was a TV adaptation in 1987 which made it much child friendlier. However most of my knowlege comes from the 2003 series made by 4Kids. This always baffled me since if 4kids dub an anime they have to ruin the source material and dumb it down for kids, but when they make a show they show a decapitation.
WTF! Double Standard! If you don't believe me watch this. It happens around 7:10. Anyway, now that my rant is over let's jump into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #59, and see if it's any good. The comic opens at the start of a talk show. The host, McIntyre, kinda hates the Turtles and is trying to get everyone one in New York to see them as the menaces they are. Sound familiar.
McIntyre reveals his first guest is April O'Neil. One of the Turtles friends who is probably trying to clear the their name. When she tells McIntyre that the Turtles are ninja's she makes the situation worse. However during a commercial break Oyuki, April's assistant, seduces a worker in order to play a clip that will make everyone see that the Turtles are good. McIntyre is not to happy about this but he has no choice but to show the clip.
The clip is of a Doctor appropriately named Dick from a US Coast Guard boat. Dr. Dick has found a blinded Michelangelo who he thinks is an Alien. Michelangelo tell him he's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle but he doesn't believe him. Dr.Dick injects him with truth serum, but Michelangelo keeps telling him the same thing so Doctor Dick decides to do the rational thing and starts to torture him. Archie does know this is for kids right. Luckily Leonardo and Donatello sneak abort the ship, and save him.
They escape but when Dr.Dick tries to catch them he falls into the water. Instead of leaving him Michelangelo saves him which is weird since he's still blind. The studio audience thinks the Turtles are heroes, and McIntyre is pissed. April and Oyuki leave with the Turtles, and the comic ends with finding out where the government is keeping Raphael.
I like this comic, It has a good story and the exception of a few places the art is pretty good. Some problem's I have are small like the fact April O'Neil looks more like Mary Jane then what she's supposed to look like. Overall it's pretty good.