Cowabunga! The Turtles make their triumphant return to the comic pages, with Kevin Eastman writing the four once again. There’s some good Marvel stuff this week as well, but all of that is overshadowed by the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Written by: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz
Art by: Dan Duncan (Layouts by Kevin Eastman)
Well, I guess the best thing about the issue is it marks the return of the real TMNT. These are the multi-colored headbands you saw in the animated series and movies. These are the red-headband, ultra violent, Ninja Turtles that sparked the phenomenon. And this isn’t just a feeble attempt to spark nostalgia, Kevin Eastman is back writing the book (and doing the layouts) so this is the closest to a true revival of the original comic we’ll ever get.
Purists may want to brace themselves as it looks as if Eastman is updating the origin just a little bit for modern times. April is there as well, and Dr. Stockman shows up, but we’ll have to wait and see how things play out over the next few issues.
TMNT isn’t meant to be in color. It’s a nitpick, but if your comic isn’t The Walking Dead; I guess it’s hard to sell a B&W book these days.
Uncanny X-Force #13
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Mark Brooks and Scot Eaton
As Deadpool says, “Hot Wolverine on Wolverine action!” Another great issue from the best book Marvel has going for it right now. Still in the Age of Apocalypse universe it’s our Logan vs their Logan with Jean caught in the middle. It’s one of the best uses for Wolverine, who is so overused it’s not even funny anymore, in a long time and while the issue is packed with action and great stuff; when it ends you’re a little disappointed only because you don’t want it to end. A great issue.
The only negative I can see isn’t so much with the issue, but the storyline in general. While Remender has been great with Uncanny X-Force up until now, the results of this story will see many of the Age of Apocalypse X-Men crossing over into our universe; including the dead (in the 616 Marvel U) Nightcrawler. It’s kind of a sloppy way to get around the character’s death to bring him back to life in the X-Men comics.
Nothing this month. Great issue with great art, and we barely see the Blob’s nipple rings this time!
The Punisher #2
Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Marco Checchetto
As much as I loved the first issue of Greg Rucka’s new Punisher, I felt that it was too short and we didn’t get enough of Frank being Frank. That’s fixed in the second issue. We get a full story that fills in more details about the wedding reception massacre from the first issue, some great kills by Castle that are perfectly classic Punisher moments, and a peek at the villain for this first arc; The Vulture. The art is even improved for this issue.
Really nothing to complain about with the second issue. This is what the first should have been, really. It’s nice to have the real Punisher back.
Frank Castle can be a cold heartless bastard and if he wants to shoot a fleeing crack whore in the back, well, that’s just how he rolls.
Superman Beyond #0
Written and Drawn by: Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Sal Buscema
Ever wonder what the Superman in the Batman Beyond universe has been up to? That’s what Superman Beyond tries to answer and at the beginning of the issue, Supes has been away from Earth for some time after defeating Lex Luthor and he decides to return home just in time to fight something of a Sandman (Marvel) rip-off. You get caught up with Jimmy, find out what happened to Lois, and both Batman and Bruce make appearances alongside the future Justice League.
The issue has plenty of action, but it just feels almost like more of a tie-in to an animated series than a serious attempt to bring Superman Beyond to the comics. Doesn’t feel like a real Superman book.
I didn’t really care for the art either. They tried to replicate the look of the DCU animated series, but also tried to make it more detailed, which didn’t quite work out well.