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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begin their journey as a true team of brothers, although distance still remains between them. Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman and General Krang have largely kept to the shadows... until now. General Krang wants results and Baxter has a new invention to capture the Turtles before Krang comes to New York. Collects: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-8 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begin their journey as a true team of brothers, although distance still remains between them. Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman and General Krang have largely kept to the shadows... until now. General Krang wants results and Baxter has a new invention to capture the Turtles before Krang comes to New York. Collects: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-8.


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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begin their journey as a true team of brothers, although distance still remains between them. Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman and General Krang have largely kept to the shadows... until now. General Krang wants results and Baxter has a new invention to capture the Turtles before Krang comes to New York. Collects: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-8 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begin their journey as a true team of brothers, although distance still remains between them. Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman and General Krang have largely kept to the shadows... until now. General Krang wants results and Baxter has a new invention to capture the Turtles before Krang comes to New York. Collects: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-8.

30 review for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Volume 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 81% | Very Good Notes: Explains a lot, astutely thought, nice twists on institution, and flashback deals, in pangs and feels, a gravitas infusion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A new take of the old stories. Now the turtles and Splinter were created in a lab but yet are also somehow reincarnations from a family in feudal Japan. All of the old gang are being introduced. Mousers and Krang show up here. I like how Krang is hiding that he's a little Basket Case creature in a suit. Received an advance copy from IDW and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A new take of the old stories. Now the turtles and Splinter were created in a lab but yet are also somehow reincarnations from a family in feudal Japan. All of the old gang are being introduced. Mousers and Krang show up here. I like how Krang is hiding that he's a little Basket Case creature in a suit. Received an advance copy from IDW and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Now that the brothers are all together they begin their training while we learn of master splinters past. It's actually a darker tale than I expected but well told. The reincarnation angle is pretty new, and interesting. I also enjoyed the funnier moments with Casey and April. The fights remain a highlight as the art feels right at home here. The villain is a little TOO monologue and boring at times though. Still, a blast, a 4 out of 5. Now that the brothers are all together they begin their training while we learn of master splinters past. It's actually a darker tale than I expected but well told. The reincarnation angle is pretty new, and interesting. I also enjoyed the funnier moments with Casey and April. The fights remain a highlight as the art feels right at home here. The villain is a little TOO monologue and boring at times though. Still, a blast, a 4 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Things are picking up, I loved the flashback sequences and the the development of the individual Turtles' personas. And coloured Ninja Masks are here! If it weren't for Krang being an inter-dimensional brain-being hanging out in a torso I'd consider the reincarnation story-line as far-fetched as Donatello does buuuut...Yeah, may as well just roll with it, dudes. Things are picking up, I loved the flashback sequences and the the development of the individual Turtles' personas. And coloured Ninja Masks are here! If it weren't for Krang being an inter-dimensional brain-being hanging out in a torso I'd consider the reincarnation story-line as far-fetched as Donatello does buuuut...Yeah, may as well just roll with it, dudes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    I would like to thank NetGalley and IDW Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars Introduction: Now, I have to tell everyone this: I am a huge fan of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” I may not have the toys or the video games to prove that, but I sure as heck got a lot of movies and DVDs to prove that theory! So, after I read part of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original 1980s run of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (the comic book series t I would like to thank NetGalley and IDW Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars Introduction: Now, I have to tell everyone this: I am a huge fan of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” I may not have the toys or the video games to prove that, but I sure as heck got a lot of movies and DVDs to prove that theory! So, after I read part of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s original 1980s run of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (the comic book series that jumpstarted the entire franchise), I was looking forward to checking out more “Ninja Turtles” comics and lo and behold, NetGalley happened to have a volume of the legendary IDW series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” available for free called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New Volume 2!” What is this story about? In this reboot of the famous franchise “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the story starts off with Master Splinter explaining to the audience about how he remembers a previous life in Feudal Japan where he was known as an honorable ninja named Hamato Yoshi, who was a member of the Foot Clan. But one day, when Hamato Yoshi’s former ally Oroku Saki wanted to kill a group of innocent people to show everyone that the Foot Clan was powerful, Yoshi disagreed with him and left the clan. Yoshi’s depature caused Oroku Saki to go to Yoshi’s house and murder his entire family and also Yoshi himself and at this moment, the audience wonders what became of this life that Master Splinter was reminiscing about. Meanwhile, during the present time, April and Casey Jones had finally met each other due to April needing someone to teach her self-defense, which Casey was obliged to do and Casey needing a tutor to help bring his grades up in school, which April could do. Later on, Baxter Stockman is up to no good as he creates a set of machines called “Mousers” in order to take down the Ninja Turtles and to grab Master Splinter so that way he could use Splinter’s blood to make super powered mutants for General Krang’s army! What I loved about this story: Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz’s writing: I will admit that I was a bit interested in seeing how a reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” would look like since we were going to get a reboot of this long running franchise eventually. So after reading this graphic novel, I was actually quite impressed with how they rebooted the origin story of the Ninja Turtles while remaining faithful to the original series. I loved the fact that Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz retold Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki’s backstory to the audience since I have always felt that it was important to explain about Master Splinter’s backstory to the newer audience so that way, they could understand the world of the Ninja Turtles much better if they know about Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki’s backstories. Even though I wished that more was explored with in this department, I enjoyed how the characters interacted with each other, especially the turtles with Master Splinter and April and Casey with each other! I like the fact that the turtles refer to Master Splinter as their father as it made their relationship much more heartwarming to watch and actually gives a closer emphasis on how the turtles see Master Splinter as more than their sensei. I also enjoyed the growing interaction with April and Casey as I enjoyed seeing them share their personal lives with each other and I was also interested in how April was able to witness the turtles and Master Splinter’s transformation into the mutated heroes they are known as now and I am really interested to see where April and Casey will go after this volume! Dan Duncan and Mateus Santolouco’s artwork: Even though the artwork is a bit too scratchy, I do enjoy the dark and gritty feel of the artwork as it shows that this retelling of the Ninja Turtles is dark and edgy like the original Mirage Comics and I also enjoyed the action sequences as they are shown in great detail. What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: The reason why I gave this book a three and a half star rating was because while the story was interesting, I felt that the story tended to jump around a bit too much due to having so many events happening in one volume (the turtles learning about their origins, April and Casey meeting each other, Baxter Stockman building his mousers, Krang trying to create an army) and the story felt a bit cluttered as a result. Also, I felt that while the artwork showed the action sequences in great detail, it was a bit too scratchy for my tastes and it was hard to see exactly what the characters were doing with the artwork being halfway blurred out and not being able to fully see the characters’ actions. (view spoiler)[****SPOILER ALERT**** This is a bit of a small nitpick, but I find the fact that in this version, the turtles and Master Splinter were actually Hamato Yoshi and his sons reincarnated to be a bit too far-fetched for my tastes. Maybe as a long-time fan of this series, I was so used to the turtles just being mutated by ooze and the fact that they are reincarnated in this version just seems a bit odd to me. Maybe once I read future volumes of this rebooted series, I might start to get used to the idea of the turtles and Splinter being reincarnations of their former selves. ****SPOILER ENDED**** (hide spoiler)] Final Thoughts: Overall, even though “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New Volume 2” was an interesting read and a pretty decent retelling of the Ninja Turtles stories, the cluttered storytelling and scratchy artwork made this volume a bit difficult to read through at times and I hope it improves in the next volume. Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    When this new series started, I told myself "I'm not gonna buy a Ninja Turtles comic, I'm a grown-ass man." Ironic, as I have no problem picking up issues of Superman or Adventure Time. But I remember these characters almost solely from watching the cartoon after school. But then I kept hearing good things about the book, so I bought Volume 1. And it was fun! Volume 2 continues the trend. Krang, the alien brain thingie, wants the formula that turned the turtles into mutants. Using henchmen, both When this new series started, I told myself "I'm not gonna buy a Ninja Turtles comic, I'm a grown-ass man." Ironic, as I have no problem picking up issues of Superman or Adventure Time. But I remember these characters almost solely from watching the cartoon after school. But then I kept hearing good things about the book, so I bought Volume 1. And it was fun! Volume 2 continues the trend. Krang, the alien brain thingie, wants the formula that turned the turtles into mutants. Using henchmen, both robot and mutant, he chases Splinter so he can get the formula from his blood. This series is an expansion on the mythos of the cartoon. I think there are nods to the original comics, as well. I'm sure there are diehard fans who froth at the mouth when they see deviations from the source material. But, for my money, this is an interesting update of a slight story. There is a reincarnation plot thread, which, despite my willingness to swallow everything else, bugged me. I'm not sure I can explain it. It just didn't sit well with me. I'm annoyed with IDW, the publishers of this volume. Its cover price is $17.99 for four issues, while the original issues were only $16, at most. Most softcover collections give you a chance to save a dollar or two over the original price.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New' is an origin story for the rebooted series, but it feels like I knew all this stuff before I read this one. This is the rebooted Turtles, so their origin is a reincarnated people combined with experiments from Baxter Stockman's lab. We learn this as Old Hob is trying to track down Splinter. He has a flashback of his times in medieval Japan. We also learn about Casey and April, a bit. Things heat up as Baxter Stockman is displeased with Old H 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enemies Old, Enemies New' is an origin story for the rebooted series, but it feels like I knew all this stuff before I read this one. This is the rebooted Turtles, so their origin is a reincarnated people combined with experiments from Baxter Stockman's lab. We learn this as Old Hob is trying to track down Splinter. He has a flashback of his times in medieval Japan. We also learn about Casey and April, a bit. Things heat up as Baxter Stockman is displeased with Old Hob's progress. General Krang is displeased with Baxter Stockman's progress. Old Hob unleashes a robot army of mice on the Turtles, and the foot clan is occupied with a French ninja. I don't think a lot of new ground was covered, or I learned anything new, but it was a fun ride. The art was ok, but not the greatest. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from IDW Publishing, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This book was quite fun, we pick up with Master Splinter as he tells of his backstory of previous life when he used to be Hamato Yoshi until he was murdered by Oroku Saki aka Shredder for betraying Foot clan and same with his wife and children happened and now they have been brought back alive in this life to come together and fight and a second chance has been given. Also we learn more about Stockman and how he was contracted by General Krang to develop mutagen. On the other hand we have TMNT s This book was quite fun, we pick up with Master Splinter as he tells of his backstory of previous life when he used to be Hamato Yoshi until he was murdered by Oroku Saki aka Shredder for betraying Foot clan and same with his wife and children happened and now they have been brought back alive in this life to come together and fight and a second chance has been given. Also we learn more about Stockman and how he was contracted by General Krang to develop mutagen. On the other hand we have TMNT scouting foot ninjas and them getting Pizzas meanwhile they are attacked by Hob and his "Mousers" and in the confusion of that Hob took away Master Splinter and its upto TMNT to find him and rescue! Meanwhile April and Casey grow close teaching each other until Casey takes them to meet TMNT finding her back story, this volume was really good, decent action, more history revealed, more enemies coming soon and the art is simple yet fun to look through!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    another great volume of ninja turtles

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    More Ninja Turtles goodness. The artwork was more of the same gorgeous colors and inking. The story only took a tiny step forward, and while it was extremely entertaining, I had a hard time really getting behind the whole reincarnated father and sons plot line. But in all my comic reading experience, I have read much much weirder.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The second volume of IDW's TMNT run sees the team finally reunited. A Christmas issue brings presents, and a flashback to who and why the Turtles are the way that they are now, while the remaining three issues bring Krang, Shredder, Baxter Stockman, and Old Hob into conflict with the Turtles once again. Yep, this is getting fun now. Four issues at a time is still a little slow, but there's clearly a larger story at play here, and it's coming together nicely. I think the slow moving pace of everyt The second volume of IDW's TMNT run sees the team finally reunited. A Christmas issue brings presents, and a flashback to who and why the Turtles are the way that they are now, while the remaining three issues bring Krang, Shredder, Baxter Stockman, and Old Hob into conflict with the Turtles once again. Yep, this is getting fun now. Four issues at a time is still a little slow, but there's clearly a larger story at play here, and it's coming together nicely. I think the slow moving pace of everything hurts it a tad, but I feel like it'll make the pay-offs even bigger. It's taken eight issues for the Turtles to meet April, and that's got to be one of their most iconic friendships, so getting to see that blossom will be fun. Also I gave myself points for knowing what Mousers were before I saw them! Still not a huge fan of Dan Duncan's art, but this volume feels better than the first, as if he's settling into who the characters are and what they look like. The new bandanas help tell everyone apart a lot better now and I love the in-story reason for why they were all red in volume 1. The fire's caught, and I'm ready to burn.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Old Hob is still hunting the Turtles to get to Splinter and this time he has reinforcements from Baxter Stockman in the form of an army of mousers! Vol. 2 continues the story and ties up a couple loose ends from vol. 1 (mainly for me the question of why don't they just take Hob's blood). We also learn a little bit more about their past lives in Japan in this volume which has been very interesting. The use of Casey Jones was also better and I found myself enjoying his interactions with April. The Old Hob is still hunting the Turtles to get to Splinter and this time he has reinforcements from Baxter Stockman in the form of an army of mousers! Vol. 2 continues the story and ties up a couple loose ends from vol. 1 (mainly for me the question of why don't they just take Hob's blood). We also learn a little bit more about their past lives in Japan in this volume which has been very interesting. The use of Casey Jones was also better and I found myself enjoying his interactions with April. The individual personalities of each of the turtles really starts to shine through in this story. I also got a good chuckle at what seemed like a preemptive attempt to quell some criticism over the use of reincarnation when Donnie says "Genetic mutations I can accept. But reincarnation?" Small jab at people that are willing to overlook certain things but nitpick about others.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Cody

    Such a great series. Stylized art that isn't forced and overdone. The story and focus is 100% character driven and each character is given room to grow and a time to shine. While there are multiple story arcs literally set across many time eras and/or galaxies, it isn't stifling or confusing like other comic universes, (*cough DC**cough Marvel*). I'm also totally ok with the writers inserting the gratuitous cuss word just to differenciate the comic with the cartoon. Make no mistake, these turtles Such a great series. Stylized art that isn't forced and overdone. The story and focus is 100% character driven and each character is given room to grow and a time to shine. While there are multiple story arcs literally set across many time eras and/or galaxies, it isn't stifling or confusing like other comic universes, (*cough DC**cough Marvel*). I'm also totally ok with the writers inserting the gratuitous cuss word just to differenciate the comic with the cartoon. Make no mistake, these turtles are bad-ass. I recommend this series, highly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Volume 2 gives us a peek into the past as the plot progresses in the present. Master Splinter reveals that he and the turtles are reincarnations from feudal Japan and are locked in an ages old battle against the Foot Clan. Raph has been reunited with his brothers and they each get a new colored bandana to help distinguish them...they do start getting their individual quirks in this volume as well. Old Hobb is fighting for survival with the science lab and must use some mutations to try and nab S Volume 2 gives us a peek into the past as the plot progresses in the present. Master Splinter reveals that he and the turtles are reincarnations from feudal Japan and are locked in an ages old battle against the Foot Clan. Raph has been reunited with his brothers and they each get a new colored bandana to help distinguish them...they do start getting their individual quirks in this volume as well. Old Hobb is fighting for survival with the science lab and must use some mutations to try and nab Splinter. Also, the Science lab are revealed to be pawns themselves. Oh yeah, and Casey and April buddy up for some mutual gains. I'm still digging this series. Detailed illustrations that remain not too complicated or overwhelming to follow. A decent cliff hanger ending leaves me excited to continue to volume 3!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Another nostalgia/geek read for me this new revised take on the turtles is interesting so far....i'll see how it fans out Another nostalgia/geek read for me this new revised take on the turtles is interesting so far....i'll see how it fans out

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacobi

    Really smart updates and takes on this universe. An interesting plot. Lovable characters. Great art.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nobody_84

    Actually I'd rate the entire series from 2011 to 2020 five stars. I find that IDW clearly know what they're doing, considering all their work, and the writers really tried to bring these characters to life. You get introduced to new and old characters alike and get to see the turtles more in-depth. There were certainly a lot of what if questions asked, and I found myself able to empathize with the caste. Highly recommended series for non and true tmnt fans alike. Actually I'd rate the entire series from 2011 to 2020 five stars. I find that IDW clearly know what they're doing, considering all their work, and the writers really tried to bring these characters to life. You get introduced to new and old characters alike and get to see the turtles more in-depth. There were certainly a lot of what if questions asked, and I found myself able to empathize with the caste. Highly recommended series for non and true tmnt fans alike.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Magda Żmijan

    These two stories were my first written meeting with certain mutated turtles. I've seen plenty cartoons about them when I was a kid, but somehow never got my hands on the written stories. When I've picked these two books up I though it would concentrate on some event or certain characters. Instead, I got a set of short tales from characters past and present times. Even some from their past lives. I received a copy of these books from the publisher via NetGalley. TMNT: Allies and Enemies This book h These two stories were my first written meeting with certain mutated turtles. I've seen plenty cartoons about them when I was a kid, but somehow never got my hands on the written stories. When I've picked these two books up I though it would concentrate on some event or certain characters. Instead, I got a set of short tales from characters past and present times. Even some from their past lives. I received a copy of these books from the publisher via NetGalley. TMNT: Allies and Enemies This book has a short introduction to April and Casey and how they've started working with the turtles, although I felt these stories were a bit too short. At least from April's side - I was expecting more and what I got felt like an abridged version. Bepop and Rocksteady's story was a big disappointment to me. I know there's not really much to these two, they are a rather brainless wreck-it-all mobsters, but I was hoping for something better. It wasn't a complete disappointment, I had some good time reading this novel, but I guess it was more due to the graphic and basic Turtle-awesomeness then the story itself. TMNT: Enemies Old, Enemies New It was a curious novel with a good backstory to Turtles origin. Or rather their past lives in old Japan, where Splinter and his sons try to survive. We also get a glimpse (because I wouldn't call it a full story) into Stockman's plans against the Turtles. He has his moments, but I wouldn't bet on him at this point ;). This novel has some good action scenes that made it more exciting and fun to read than the "Allies and Enemies". There were few moments that really caught me and I couldn't put down the book. ~~~~ It looks to me like these two novels are more of an introduction to the series. Maybe it's supposed to be a revival of good old ninja turtles? It would be a nice start, but as solo books, they didn't do much. Fans of the series probably won't find many interesting things in here, but for people like me, it was a fun read. We got to know some of the origin stories for both heroes and villains, taste some action and all in an eye-catching, pleasant graphic style. Find more of my reviews at https://maginibooks.wordpress.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have always loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ever since I was five years old, when the television show debuted in the 1980s. My younger brother and I were obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We had all of the action figures and toys, which we played with extensively. The original television cartoon series and the original movies from the early 1990s will always hold a special plac I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have always loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ever since I was five years old, when the television show debuted in the 1980s. My younger brother and I were obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We had all of the action figures and toys, which we played with extensively. The original television cartoon series and the original movies from the early 1990s will always hold a special place in my heart. This story definitely has some redeeming qualities, but I am sorry to say that it fell a little short with me. I enjoyed some of the backstory, but the way that it was relevant to the present in the story did not sit well with me. I just didn't like the idea at all. I can see how the concept could work for new fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it didn't mesh well for an old school fan such as myself. The artwork was okay, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. I did enjoy seeing each of the turtles' personality throughout the story. I was glad that their personalities seemed to match up with those of the original turtles. I also enjoyed seeing some background for Casey Jones. He is a character that I have always loved. Although this story did not work for me personally, it certainly has merit. I would definitely give it a shot. I think that this story would be great for new fans. It is also a interesting take for older fans.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    This was as enjoyable as the first volume! Kevin Eastman is doing some interesting tricks with the narrative to kind of acknowledge the original TMNT series that came before this reboot. Familiar characters are getting set up: Casey Jones, April O'Neil, Baxter Stockman and the Mousers. I will also say that he is doing a good job at establishing the dynamics of the turtles themselves as well as sowing the seeds of conflicts to come. I never realized the emotional truth of each turtle, and to be fair This was as enjoyable as the first volume! Kevin Eastman is doing some interesting tricks with the narrative to kind of acknowledge the original TMNT series that came before this reboot. Familiar characters are getting set up: Casey Jones, April O'Neil, Baxter Stockman and the Mousers. I will also say that he is doing a good job at establishing the dynamics of the turtles themselves as well as sowing the seeds of conflicts to come. I never realized the emotional truth of each turtle, and to be fair they may not have been as evident, but I'm really enjoying what Kevin Eastman is doing especially with the inherent conflict between Leonardo's blind faith in Splinter and Donatello's pragmatism and reliance on science. Michelangelo is developing into the heart of the team while Raphael hasn't really gotten to explore his issues yet. Looking forward to more...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    This book isn't bad. It's just sort of a holding pattern. The plot does move forward a little bit, but it's more clarification about what's already happened than anything else. The thing is, you could probably skip this whole volume and go to number three and not be that confused. There are a couple of decent moments but really nothing that stood out that much. Again, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good either. The art was still great. The turtles all have a distinct look to them while stayi This book isn't bad. It's just sort of a holding pattern. The plot does move forward a little bit, but it's more clarification about what's already happened than anything else. The thing is, you could probably skip this whole volume and go to number three and not be that confused. There are a couple of decent moments but really nothing that stood out that much. Again, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good either. The art was still great. The turtles all have a distinct look to them while staying similar. Though, at one point, a friend told me Splinter looked more like a wolf than a rat. Not really much more to say, but I'm still looking forward to the rest of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    This book started off at a slightly slower pace than the previous volume but toward the second half it started picking up. Once again I want to stress that this origin story is different than what you'd probably be used to in TMNT lore if you're a fan of the 80's toons, original movies, or 03' show. However it is very refreshing to see something different. While I do prefer a story staying true to its roots, I can appreciate when liberties are taken as long as it is sensible and is meaningful. O This book started off at a slightly slower pace than the previous volume but toward the second half it started picking up. Once again I want to stress that this origin story is different than what you'd probably be used to in TMNT lore if you're a fan of the 80's toons, original movies, or 03' show. However it is very refreshing to see something different. While I do prefer a story staying true to its roots, I can appreciate when liberties are taken as long as it is sensible and is meaningful. Overall the story is moving at a good pace and has me anticipating the next volume! The character development is enjoyable and the story is cohesive at this point. Great read! - V.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    After reading the first volume I was left with a lot of questions. Vol 2 pretty much answers all of those questions. I am loving how they are combining the original comics, the tv show and new material into one. This is looking like a great series right now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Volume 2 continues on with the great storyline, introduces the feudal Japan elements, first Krang, and April meets the Turtles. Fast flow, art style fits, and the story is really well done. High recommend!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This started off with a great origin story for the Turtles, the following stories weren't as interesting to me, but not a bad selection of stories. I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley.com and the publisher. This started off with a great origin story for the Turtles, the following stories weren't as interesting to me, but not a bad selection of stories. I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley.com and the publisher.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    This volume explores some... interesting ideas. It's an enjoyable read and brings some fresh ideas to familiar material. This volume explores some... interesting ideas. It's an enjoyable read and brings some fresh ideas to familiar material.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tjavierb

    Mysterious ninjas, old rivalries, and the idea of reincarnation? Yep, this volume has them all! The series continues to be a fun, light read with heart.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    More of the same. Great art and great storytelling.

  29. 4 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    The first volume was not a fluke, this TMNT series is downright awesome.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    We come to the origin twist in this volume (spoilers ahead, be warned), and at first glance it's what I feared: before their contact with the fateful green ooze Splinter and the Turtles were a human family: Hamato Yoshi and his four sons. Humans! Why does that bother me so much? Why does that shake the foundations of the mythos for me? I guess I miss the adoption element, the coming-together of a group of unrelated misfits; it's less endearing if they're *actually* related. But my bigger gripe i We come to the origin twist in this volume (spoilers ahead, be warned), and at first glance it's what I feared: before their contact with the fateful green ooze Splinter and the Turtles were a human family: Hamato Yoshi and his four sons. Humans! Why does that bother me so much? Why does that shake the foundations of the mythos for me? I guess I miss the adoption element, the coming-together of a group of unrelated misfits; it's less endearing if they're *actually* related. But my bigger gripe is that there's something more appealing to me about a humanized animal than there is about an animalized human. In my mind the mutation arrow wants to go one direction only: the right way is a rat gaining human wisdom, compassion, and fighting skills; the wrong way is a dude getting a tail. Likewise, turtles who skateboard beats teenage boys who have shells. I shouldn't have gotten my knickers in a twist based on the foreshadowing, though, because when I actually read the story I found there's immediately a twist within the twist, and it rescues the idea for me: Yoshi and his four sons lived centuries ago in feudal Japan, were murdered (surprisingly violently!) by Oroku Saki (known to most as Shredder), and were subsequently reincarnated in modern New York as a lab rat and four lab turtles. Got that? So my mutation arrow does actually point the right way: our green teens are humanized animals who simply recall, kind of vaguely, their past human lives. I like it. It feels like a nice streamlining of decades of mythology. The art continues to underwhelm. It's too sketchy for my taste. But the Turtles are in the right color eye-masks in this volume, and the way they got them was cute. Volume 3 is on its way.

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