Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Reader's Diary #1438- Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
I have for the longest time been curious about the comics that started it all off. I'd heard that they were grittier and cooler. So, finally getting my hands on this collection, I can understand the appeal.
I don't think they were that gritty, but sure, there's a bit of bloody violence here or there. They are funny and cool though. A pleasant surprise was the great art. Thick inky lines, lots of shading and details, and consistent style; I was not surprised to Dave Sim and Frank Miller listed as influences. I could also see Robert Crumb in there.
The stories were fast paced and interesting, though I did enjoy the early ones that were set in New York rather than outer space. The grimy art was better suited for the streets and the ninja monsters who lurk in the shadows and the sewers made more sense (from a comic book perspective, of course).