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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection #1)

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Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting with this special edition hardcover collection of Mirage Studios'' issues #1-7 along with the Raphael one-shot by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird! With over 300 pages of mutated-martial arts action, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles'' origins as well a ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published September 6th 2011)
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Matt Garcia
Terrific, gritty representation of the teenage mutant ninja turtles. These comics are much more dark and adult oriented than the television show but they are incredible if you are a turtles fan. Fabulous artwork, storyline, and the annotations by the creators are the proverbial icing on the cake. Essential to any TMNT collection and a must read for turtles fans. Loved these comics. Very nostalgic.
New Frontiersnerd

Outubro de 2009. O Nickelodeon compra os direitos das Tartarugas Ninja do estúdio Mirage, [formado pelos criadores dos personagens, Peter Laird e Kevin Eastman. Fevereiro de 2012. Michael Bay, o cara que é odiado por nove de cada 10 pessoas que se levam a sério demais, é anunciado como produtor do filme. Março de 2012. Bay anuncia que as tartarugas do filme não serão mutantes [como em teenage mutant ninj
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – konstigt nog är det så länge sen jag smakade på de fyra orden för första gången att de nu bara låter fullkomligt naturliga tillsammans. Turtles har funnits med mig så länge jag kan minnas. Först som action-figurer, sedan som tv-serie, och slutligen som flera andra tv-serier, filmer, och inte minst comics.

Det tog nämligen lång tid för mig att upptäcka turtlarnas ursprung. Jag läste dem för första gången någon gång under 2010 – då digitalt. Jag letade febrilt efter
Okay seriously probably the best thing I've ever read. It was better than the 1980's cartoons or the live action movies. I'm a TMNT fan for life and these story lines are the best turtle stories, even with the funny Star Wars references and the guy's asking for beers. My absolute favorite thing was the origin story told in this book versus what I've already seen. TCRI versus TGRI, and Krang type aliens being responsible for the ooze (or mutagen depends on who you talk to). I really did have the ...more
What's your frame of reference for the Turtles? For me, it's the general cultural awareness that came about in the early/mid-90s when they were all the rage, largely fueled by that first cartoon series and the subsequent Jim Henson-powered films. Not that I actually saw the show or movies at the time--I was pretty short, and my parents didn't approve of the crude humor. Not to mention that, according to them, my brother and I "didn't need any encouragement" to beat the crap out of each other. Ne ...more
Andrew Olsen
Nostalgia and Surprise

The Teenage Mutant NinjaTurtles bring back feelings of nostalgia. The Saturday morning children's cartoon of the 80's was one of the most positive memories I have from my childhood. I used to watch it every weekend an thought it was the greatest thing in the world. Now the cartoon comes off really corny and hard to watch.

But the original comics had been unknown to me until about 2 years ago, when a coworker had the first volume and showed it to me. I found copies and began
Kyle Moore
Arguably the most successful independent comic of all time is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Eastman and Laird's first seven issues and Raphael one-shot collected in this hardcover over sized volume. Eastman and Laird give great notes after each issue to give greater insight into the making of these landmark issues.
The art is gritty and a little rough around the edges. Although once you get deeper into the book you enjoy the quality and style it does have. The fight scenes and the writing are v
Growing up, my first introduction to the Ninja Turtles was the 1987 cartoon. I was 3 and apparently hooked for life. I had all the action figures and practically every issue of the Archie series of "TMNT Adventures" comics. All that said, I kind of missed out on the original iteration of these four mutant turtles. And for anyone that knows, the Archie and cartoon Turtles are very different from the original comic. The Ultimate Edition collects the original series done by Eastman and Laird into a ...more
It can be hard to look at this book just on its own merits. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have spawned three cartoon series, a collection of movies and specials, crossovers galore and more random merchandise than you can shake a stick at. This past issue of Previews had a Michelangelo pizza cutter, and my only thought when I saw it was "we're only just now getting this?"

Add to that, I'm of an age where the original TMNT cartoon was a big part of my childhood, and I come into this book with a
Unfortunately nostalgia can’t save this for me. The art is fairly good, but I couldn’t get through it. I know this gets better, that these first issues were Eastman and Laird finding the story, but I can’t give it a pass for that. Probably one of the worst things about the experience was reading Eastman’s (or was it Laird’s) commentary after each issue, and noting how excited he was about what they were doing, and it was not the kind of excitement that comes from knowing the cultural phenomenon ...more
Brendan Egan
This is a decent collection. There's a lot of neat stuff in here and what better way to get familiar with your four favorite mutants than to read their origin story and the first issues of the original comic.

Unfortunately, a lot of the writing is kind of stupid, but that's often the case with older comics, in my opinion.

Much of the artwork is really cool and it's interesting to watch the Turtles start to blossom and take shape as the characters we know today. I look forward to reading the next o
I'm one of the millions of kids who grew up in the '80s and '90s being obsessed with the Ninja Turtles via the Saturday morning cartoon and the live action movies. Now in my early thirties I'm taking the time to catch up on the comic that started it all. This collection was much more similar to what I remember than I expected. I always heard that the comic was "dark" and "mature," but that must only be because more baddies get killed.

The annotations by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in this recen
Like most people my age elementary school was all about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I was very sure that I wanted to grow up to be April who was super tough and smart, so when I saw this in the library I was very excited to say the least. This volume covers a massive over arching story line that gives the entire origin story of Splinter and the Turtles from start to finish, introduces the guys to April and Casey and several familiar villains. It also includes in depth notes from on of the c ...more
One of the most interesting things about reading graphic novels - besides being one of the most frustrating - is they way that they interact mercilessly with popular culture, to the point of becoming inseparable. The Teenage Mutant Ninja (or Hero if you're a victim of some strange censorship) Turtles became a strange cliche sometime shortly after they became a worldwide phenomen in the late 80s, which was not too long after this comic book became a breakout hit. Of course, a kid like me was expo ...more
Having read some of the early Mirage Turtle comics, I knew what I was getting into, but it was nice to not have to dig through my comics again just to read the first issue. I have a collected edition of issues 4-6, I believe, in color format, but I liked having everything all in one place and seeing it all in black and white. To me, it was like reading Turtle comics for the first time all over again. It was also good to go back and read what got me into indie comics in the first place. A lot of ...more
Aaron Jensen
I remember I was thoroughly impressed with the first issue of TMNT when i first read it a long time ago. After re-reading it, I still am. It is one of my favorite single issues ever.

The book goes downhill after that first issue, but I think that's because it takes a more sci-if direction and I expected it to be a martial arts/kung-fu series.

I noticed that the pacing seemed off, like I had to slog my way through each page/issue, even though I enjoyed reading. I discovered that the original issue
The comics collected here aren't prefect, not by a long shot - - the writing is clunky, and the art amateurish - - but this is a fun read (or re-read, as it were, since I read most of this run when I was a kid). Eastman and Laird continued to improve on their TMNT, and the most recent reboot has the combination of great art and sharp storytelling that's somewhat lacking here - - but they weren't off to a bad start. Definitely recommended, whether you're reading for the first time or looking for ...more
Sep 30, 2015 B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: borrowed
This is very interesting from a historical perspective. The Daredevil parody factor is even more apparent that I had guessed.

There's something about the art that makes it seem very flat. And with the Shredder dead in the first issue, there's not a super-clear direction for the book.

It's not at all bad. It's just not clear why I would want to continue beyond this issue if I weren't already attached to the characters from the animated series. Just about everything here is pretty wrapped up.
Andrew John Pixton
I loved this. I grew up with the movies and video games so there was a lot of nostalgia here, though a few areas that were different and it's obvious that these were there first issues. Instead of being crazy about pizza, they want beer, and April is a tech professional instead of a reporter. I also noticed mistakes here and there but it made it only more interesting as the authors with their in between issue explanations pointed out how they started from scratch. Laird seems either bitter or ju ...more
A beautiful collection of some fairly amateurish comics (especially in the early going) which became the inspiration for a legitimate cultural phenomenon. I had never read any of the early TMNT stories despite having been completely swept up in the Turtles thing as a kid. It was very fun to look at these comics for the first time especially with IDW's beautiful presentation of these stories. There's tons of great commentary from the creators and supplemental material to boot. I would imagine thi ...more
As much nostalgia this brings to both my 5 and 12 year old self, this isn't the Saturday morning Ninja Turtles that you looked forward to seeing as a child. But as a hardcore TMNT fan of nearly two decades, I was obviously going to take a look at the true origin of my childhood heroes.
Having grown up on the first tv series and the films I was kind of amazed that I never actually read the comics. What a blast! These are fantastic. Can't wait to get into the second volume of the ultimate collection.
Ian Vance
Currently using this as a supplement for my Reading Resource class. Though the writing is cheesy at times and the stories themselves fairly mid-80's standard, my kids absolutely love it.
[Name Redacted]
Ahhhh, the classics never go out of style! This is a volume with HEFT, both literal and metaphorical. It's amazing how much I had forgotten about the comics thanks to the television series and the films. For instance, the Shredder dies early on; Krang's species is peaceful; Splinter was actually a rat; April O'Neil was a scientist and lab-assistant; and Baxter Stockman was black! The annotations and explanations from Eastman & Laird are well worth the price, and the art...good gravy! The art ...more
This was such a fun read! I've seen the movies, watched the TV show, but never read the TMNT comics. With that background, I was familiar with some of the storylines covered here but it was so much fun to see them in comic-form. I love the style of the drawings and it was very informative and interesting (my favourite part, I think!) to read the "commentary" of the creators after each issue.

A great thing for any TMNT fan or collector to take home! I can't wait for volume 2!

I've also reviewed thi
I don't usually like comic books but I thoroughly enjoyed this.
May 24, 2015 Erwin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
I grew up with the animated tv series in the early 90's. I had those action figures, I chewed turtles bubble gum and on my feet I rocked turtles sneakers. Recently I found out about my early hero's origins: the underground roots of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These comics are really awesome. A bit more dark, gritty and mature, but pretty much as how I remember them. Of all those turtles created during the last decades, none of them are as cool as the originals. Just see for the introductio ...more
Justyn Rampa
So once the Turtles went into space and interacted with the Triceratons, I lost a little interest, which is why it took me way longer than it should have to finish this. Despite this, I enjoyed this immensely. It was fascinating to read TMNT and relish how weird it was. What an incredible story of two guys that made a self-published black and white comic that grew into an empire!

There were many things that I remembered fondly including Casey Jones, the Mousers, the Foot Soldiers, and Kraang (or
Dominic Rego
Collects the first ninja turtles stories in a big hardcover book, adds commentary by the two creators of the turtles themselves, and has a big fancy wrap around cover that I love. (This cover extends to volume 2, and hopefully that one will extend to volume 3.)

This hardcover volume is a great book to show off, and is a great way to get into the turtles if you have never read the comics before.
The only gripe I have is that the art, due to the fact that it is enlarged slightly, sometimes is a bit
Adam Peacock
All I have to say is this is how TMNT should always be back to its original dark roots!
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