Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writers & Art: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird & Jim Lawson
Colours: Adam Guzowski
Cover Art: A.C. Farley
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol 3 #7 “City at War, Part Five,” the TMNT and their allies must face their personal doubts, motivations, and mortality as the war for New York continues to explode out-of-control around them!
This issues starts with Casey having trouble keeping a job and his temper in check and also what to say to a pregnant Gabrielle. April is trying out her new job and new life. The TMNT are at a loss to the world and their current situation, especially Leonardo which is not a good sign. Master Splinter investigates a building that seems familiar with dire consequences. There is also a mysterious figure putting a stop to the foot clans plans. Not the best day for the TMNT team.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol 3 #7 reprints the middle of the 13 part story arc from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic printed in 1992 which ran from issue #50 to #62. I remembering reading this the first time round in black and white and it is still as enjoyable today as it was then and now in glorious colour (not color). With the creators at the helm the personality’s of all the main characters is perfect and with the story having them in a state of turmoil with the fractured foot clan fighting in New York. I particularly enjoyed the struggle of Casey Jones trying to fit into the drudgery of every day life, this i found amusing. The social commentary of the continual violence in the world that the turtles listen to is thought-provoking and unfortunately still very much applicable today. The art is fantastic and has the turtles in the pre multi-coloured bandanna era although the Eastman and laird team did have a peculiar way of drawing people but if fitted with rest of the books characters.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol 3 #7 shows the longevity of the turtles and can be seen in the way that the characters were portrayed back in the early days and that has continued in their many incarnations to this day, this including cartoons, and movies ( although personally not a fan of the current Michael Bay film look). This is not bad for a wee comic that started back in 1984. I personally still really enjoy their adventures and the new cartoon on Nickelodeon is a lot of fun capturing some of the original characterisation of the turtles. This is indeed the classic and still the best turtles being re-printed. Booyakasha