IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles series is the antidote for the sick feeling that the Nickelodeon cartoon leaves in my stomach. This comic reboot stays true to the roots of the original comic. The turtles’ characteristics aren’t watered down to stereotypes.
The series starts with Raphael being separated from his brothers and Splinter. While they’re looking for him Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo sport red masks, an homage to the original series. Little touches like that remind the reader that the roots of the TMNT mythos are being respected.
Casey Jones and April O’Neil, long-time allies of the turtles, are given more modern backstories. Both are college students; April is a Stockgen intern and Casey is a hockey player. Casey’s family history has a twist that not all fans might agree with.
It’s not completely perfect, but the series doesn’t have to try to be overly “kid-friendly”, providing a much needed change of pace from the current cartoon. The turtles swear occasionally (Raph more than his brothers) as teenagers tend to do. Overall the series gets a standing ovation and I’ll keep looking forward to the latest issues.