Comic Review – TMNT Colour Classics: Michaelangelo

IDW are currently reprinting issues of the original Mirage Comics run, in colour! This time we have the Michaelangelo one shot, which is very apt for this time of year. This also happens to be the first Eastman/Laird original TMNT story that I’ve read.

Set as Christmas, we see Mikey venturing out into the cold to take part in the festivities. It’s a good chance to see his playful innocent personality. He’s funny, but not in the usual dopey way we’ve come to associate with him. I couldn’t help but get carried along with the story as he chuckles away to himself.

Mikey discovers his pet cat Klunk here, and the fun they have in a Toy Store together is very sweet.

Of course, things soon take a turn for the worse, and it’s up to Mikey to step up and save the day! The bulk of the action is a truck chase, and although it is a decent piece, the more important part is seeing how Mikey reacts to the idea that some children could be missing out due to the actions of the villains.

If you’ve read my review for TMNT #16, you’ll notice that I’m really coming round to Michelangelo as a character lately. His empathy for everyone around him is extremely endearing. Whisper it, but he might be second to only Leonardo in my thoughts now!

Without having seen the original, I can only guess at the quality of the reproduction (though I’ve found some black and white pages online and the colourists have done a great job), but I did notice straight away that they kept the original misspelling of Michaelangelo. Kudos if you noticed that in the title! The art style is quite busy, and along with some of the dialogue quite of its time.

But the character shines through and makes this issue a nice little stocking filler.

As a writer for Flickering Myth I’m privy to review copies of comics. This review was first and foremost written for them.

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