By now you may have heard that IDW has picked up the license to do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics. This is great news for TMNT fans, as IDW plans on doing trades of the old Mirage stuff (something that Mirage excelled at failing to do for decades) and will be doing a variety of other comics. The most interesting news piece, being that a new IDW TMNT comic will start this summer, with a second Nickelodeon cartoon based comic starting later down the road in conjunction with Nick’s new TMNT.
With that in mind, an even cooler piece of TMNT comic news came across this past weekend as a long in production fan project has finally come together. A variety of TMNT fans with various artistic skill put together a page-by-page (with nearly every page done by a different fan) recreation of the original Mirage TMNT #1 comic. It’s a great piece and a fitting tribute to the Turtles. Peter Laird saw it and definitely approved, although he was true to form, honest in his critique of the project.
Even if you don’t like every page, credit has to be given to the labor of love that all involved gave to this. It’s such a unique take on the origin of the Turtles and it makes me wish Mirage had been able to do stuff like this for the 25th anniversary. Regardless, you can download the comic and check it out for yourself at mutantooze.org’s TMNT #1 Fan Re-mix handy PDF download. There are a few tiny errors here or there and it is pretty beholden to the original comic, but I loved it. In fact, as I had been itching to re-read the original issue #1 recently, I felt this covered that for me quite nicely and was a fresh take on an old favorite.
As someone who has in the past done his own TMNT comic takes and intends to dabble a bit again in the future, I love projects like this. Major props to all involved and here’s to more growth in the TMNT fan community in the months and years ahead. Turtle power!