Fun story about me: I own all of the hardcover, omnibus collections of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series…and I’ve never read them. I’ve followed this series from afar since its inception, and have only read a handful of actual issues. It’s a wonderful retelling of all corners of TMNT lore in one great package, and I’m excited to someday actually read the series to see if it lives up to the hype.
The comic definitely makes some great choices at least, such as bringing back Turtle ne’er-do-well Venus De Milo!
I don’t know the current storyline and I don’t know how she’s going to show up, but I’m thrilled that the IDW comic has the courage and energy to re-imagine Venus De Milo. She may have been an embarrassment all the way back in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, but I firmly believe there are no such things as bad characters, only bad writers.
Hence why I will always be waiting for Jar Jar Binks’ big break.
Anyway, Venus De Milo shows up in the TMNT comic with the upcoming issue #127. That’s probably two or three hardcover collections away, so it’ll be a few years before I actually get to read the story, but I thought it was a neat enough development to share.
You can read more about her arrival here.
The DC fighting game sequel, Injustice 2, is finally coming to PC in a couple weeks. I was considering getting the game in the first place, but now it’s an absolute certainty. Look which fighters they’re adding to the game!
I mean, I guess you can be excited for the Atom and Enchantress, but why would you? It’s the freakin’ Ninja Turtles, yo! In a quality, high caliber fighting game! I can only hope their successful addition will spawn a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting game in the Injustice vein!
Do you know what the best part about being an adult Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan is in this day and age? A bunch of other adults who grew up on the ’80s cartoon are now in charge of making the new material! That love for the franchise and the four pizza-eating turtle brothers shines through in their new live action movie, Out of the Shadows. And it’s that same love that put me in the theater this weekend to enjoy another exciting film!
Movie Rating: 7/10 – Good.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t high art or well-constructed cinema. This isn’t a movie that particularly cares about logic. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a movie that only really cares about having as much fun as possible with the Ninja Turtles and their wonderful supporting cast. There are more contrivances and plot cheats than a Game Genie, but not even they could defeat the overwhelming sense of giddy energy that fuels this movie.
Plus, honestly, this was definitely a movie for kids, who aren’t going to care as much about plot contrivances as a punk frog like me. Out of the Shadows accomplishes exactly what it needs to: create a fun and enjoyable summer flick that doesn’t outstay its welcome or get bogged down in sewer garbage.
It’s a great time to be a Ninja Turtles fan! And expect FULL SPOILERS for the movie below!
I don’t remember if I’ve gone on record or not, but I relatively enjoyed last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie – for what it was. It wasn’t a great movie by any means, it was just another in a long line of interesting TMNT adaptations. It’s not the defining take on the Turtles. There will be many more. Regardless, it’s fodder for all our favorite movie mocking Youtube videos!
How Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should have ended.
Alas, they were so close in not including their Superman or Batman jokes. Maybe someday we’ll get a video from the HISHE people without those two…but considering a recent trailer, probably not. Personally, I’m looking forward to the sequel! It’s gonna have Bebop and Rocksteady!
New trailer! More Turtles! Hints of plot! The Shredder! Hot Leonardo action!
I’m not…I’m not sure how I feel about this trailer. This movie is either going to be awesome, and everything is going to work. Or it’s going to fall apart and be this weird, style-obsessed freakshow. The Turtles look cool…but they also look kind of weird. And the humor is…exactly the kind of humor we should probably expect from this movie!
I don’t know, alright! I don’t know!
What do you think?