Wow. Let’s not beat around the bush here. This is an awesome comic. If I could somehow capture it in a bottle and drink it, it would taste heavenly. SHOTFC (It is a long title!) rather obviously travels back hundreds of years to show us the early history of The Foot. I was fearful that it would be a lame tie in or a cash grab, as no one who reads the main series (check out my previous reviews) would want to miss out on details that could add to the story in the present. I needn’t have worried.
Issue 1 looks beautiful. I mean really gorgeous. The style and colours fuse perfectly and really suit the time period. My experience of one guy working on both writing and artwork is poor, so I am mightily impressed by Santolouco, who nails it. I don’t know why the TMNT are on the front, as they are barely in the book, though their design is very cool. If it keeps up this level of artwork and storytelling it can keep going and I’d happily buy it each month. I’m very intrigued as to how this will all tie together, but will keep my theories to myself for now. Santolouco (who can move onto the main title anytime and it would fine by me) and Burnham have crafted a fantastic tale with plenty of action and drama. Plus there are Samurai’s and lots of sword fighting, which we all know is awesome.