Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TMNT Micro-Series #1

I'll be the first to admit that when I was younger, I was more of a watcher and toy collector of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than a reader. Lately, I've been more interested in reading whatever I can get my hands on. I previously discussed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell (TPB). However, I want a more serious take on the Turtles. Luckily, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #1 - Raphael (let's call it TMNT Micro-Series #1 from now on) caught my eye when I was browsing the shelves of Midtown Comics.

Published by IDW in 2011, TMNT Micro-Series #1 is a story that focuses on Raphael, the sai wielding, temperamental one. It's written by Brian Lynch and illustrated by Franco Urru and Fabio Mantovani.

The story starts off with Raphael and Casey Jones in the heart of the city, beating the crap out of some real scum. They're jabronis. Batting practice. No problem for Raph and Casey. The action heats up when they hear gunshots. It's Rocksteady and Bebop! Rocksteady and Bebop are chasing what looks like some weird ghost/mummy. It's not. That'd be crazy. If there is one thing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles never was, it's crazy. What is it? Oh, it's a snow fox that talks. Big deal.

Raph and Casey equalize Rocksteady and Bebop and save Alopex, the damsel fox in distress. This is a fitting character for the series due to the fact that it was once just an animal, but was transformed into human form, similar to the Turtles. She explains that since then, all sorts of people have been sent to capture her.


Raphael decides to take Alopex to Splinter to get help. As Raphael is carrying Alopex, he analyzes the situation and realizes that this was all a setup. To test this theory, he does what any normal and sane person would do. He throws her off the roof of a building. She shoots out these claws that look like Nosferatu's and clings to the wall of the building, saving herself. After her and Raph get into a tussle, she bails.

We find out that she was actually working with Rocksteady and Bebop who, at the end of the comic, allude to the fact that they will soon be mutated. Who were they working for? Well...

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