Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Alpha Review: “So Excited For The Start Of This”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Alpha review

Read our review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Alpha from IDW, written by Jason Aaron with art by Chris Burnham.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Alpha Review:

In this issue, we’re getting two stories. The first finds Donatello trapped in a fight club/prison situation, while the back half tees up the new Mutant Nation series.

“The main draw here and nothing against the backup story is we are finally getting our first peek at Jason Aaron’s run on Ninja Turtles,” said host Alex Zalben. “This book got me even more hyped for Jason Aaron’s run. Great stuff from Chris Burnham as well. Bring it on.”

“I thought this was fun,” added Justin Tyler. “I like how specific it is. Focused.”

After Zalben shouted out that it felt like it was “straight out of the Eastman and Laird era,” Pete LePage added, “It does feel gritty, which the Eastman and Laird era was? So yeah, I’m excited for the start of this… he artwork really reflects that time period, and I’m happy to be back in this kind of gritty, originally black and white drawn story about ninjas and family. And I’m excited for what Jason Aaron’s going to do.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Alpha Official Synopsis:

What’s the world like without the TMNT? Since their time-spanning victory over Armaggon, the Turtles have started to pursue other interests, leaving a void in New York among humans and mutants alike. This special issue explores the effects this change has on those connected to the brothers, from Old Hob to Jennika, across the five boroughs and all the way through Mutant Island. It’s hard to tell how important someone is until they are gone. And who better to write such a story than Tom Waltz, the man who scripted the first 100 issues of IDW’s series and the co-writer of The Last Ronin, and resign TMNT artist Gavin Smith!
Also, get your first glimpse of what is coming in a special prequel to the new TMNT #1, written by superstar scribe Jason Aaron (ScalpedBatman: Off-World) and drawn by white-hot artist Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc.Die!Die!Die!). Donatello has had a hard time since he came back from the future, and he’s found himself in an unexpected place.

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