‘TMNT’ flashback: Mirage Vol. 1 No. 12-15, 17-18 (1987-89) (Comic book reviews)

Coming off what I like to call the “Original 16” of Mirage “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Volume 1— Issues 1-11 plus the five one-shots – I had a few questions: Most notably, how is the Shredder alive? But also, I hoped that the writers would delve more into Splinter (who never got a one-shot): Did he feel guilty at all for bringing the Turtles, April and Casey into his personal feud with the Foot Clan? (Judging by his conclusion in Issue 11 that April has gained more than she has lost, I guess not. But Splinter can’t really be that self-centered, can he?) And I wanted to know what was up with humans (General Blanque’s Federation in the Triceraton arc) who speak English but have never heard of Earth.

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‘TMNT’ flashback: Mirage Vol. 1 No. 8-9 (1986) (Comic book reviews)

After the meat-and-potatoes ninja action of Issue 1, Eastman and Laird went on a flurry of world building in Mirage “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Volume 1. Issues 4-7 showed us that the TMNT-verse spans to other planets, and Issues 8-9 (1986) add magic and mysticism to the fold. While I somewhat resent the departure from the core concept, I also have to acknowledge that these other elements will allow “TMNT” to be a sprawling, long-running saga.

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