Published by Archie Comics in 2009, this trade paperback is a collection of a three issue mini-series done by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, original titled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures":
The mini-series tells the tale of the first five episodes of the 1987 cartoon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It starts off with news reporter, April O'Neal, in New York City reporting a story and getting attacked by some hooligans. To escape, she has to duck down into the sewers. The thugs follow her down and get their butts kicked by Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo... THE TURTLES. April faints from complete disbelief and shock. Little does she know, when she wakes up, things are about to get weirder. Once she comes out of it, she’s greeted by Splinter, the talking rat. She befriends Splinter and the Turtles and a true action-adventure begins.
April, Splinter, and the Turtles are up against Shredder, Splinter's archenemy, and Krang, a tyrant that was stripped of his body and reduced to a brain. There's a bit of a power struggle between Shredder and Krang that makes for an interesting dynamic. Shredder wants nothing more than to just destroy Splinter and the Ninja Turtles. Krang's main priority is to get Shredder to build him a new body so that he can rule the world. Poor Krang, just a pile of goo looking for a body.
There are some other fun characters in the mix, but I won't spoil everything. Just prepare yourself for lots of action, lots of Turtles, and lots of pizza.
At one point, Michelangelo comes in holding 3 pizzas. Let’s analyze the toppings:
- Pepperoni and ice cream- This just doesn’t make sense. Ice cream wouldn't stand a chance on a hot melted cheese and pepperoni pizza. That shit would be all over the sewer floor before it hit the table.
- Jelly bean and mushroom- This is fine. At least they're both vegetables.
- Anchovies and peanut butter- I'd be curious to see how this is put together. If it were in my kitchen, I'd use the peanut butter as the sauce, spread it on the dough, then chop the anchovies nice and small and distribute them all over the pizza. Delicious.
A great read at a great price, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell was fun and brought me back to my childhood. I recommend it for anyone who... well... just anyone.