Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan
Release: December 2012
Writers: Mateus Santolouco & Erik Burnham
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Store: Earth Prime Comics (Burlington, Vermont)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are well-entrenched in pop culture at this point. Mainstream popularity was first attained with a television cartoon in the late '80s but I would imagine few of that show's devotees knew the characters originated in an indy comic book. I remember a junior high friend of mine completely absorbed in one of the comics over lunch, unperturbed by his snickering pals at the table. Little did any of us know how big they were about to become!
The Turtles, I must confess, never held much interest for me personally. I wasn't into comics at that age and the TV show came out when I was 14 - a bit older than the target demographic. This issue was my first time delving into the comics myself.
Much of the story for this issue takes place in feudal Japan. When the story reverts to modern day, the Turtles and their teen-speak seem misplaced. I would have been happier if the tale had remind there without the Turtles involvement at all - another instance of the annoying fusion tendency I've found to be prevalent in the current comics industry.
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