Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #1



Heroes in a damaged shell.

We all have a favourite Ninja Turtle, mine is, was and always will be Donatello, from his superior intellect to his awesome skills with the bo staff, Donatello has been my favourite. Unfortunately for me this issue begins with him shot multiple times and left for dead.

Donny is not the only turtle to get badly hurt as the cover (more than) hints at Raphael is permanently scarred by a blast to the face.

On their 18th birthdays the turtles are attacked and splinter kidnapped by a female ninja and a pair of cyborgs. With Donny and Ralph badly hurt its up to Leo and Mikey to save their sensei.

The action doesn’t stop from page one and at times it feels very busy and cluttered. With the turtles are wearing red as in the original comics its hard to tell them apart when they’re not holding their weapons, it has a very 90’s feel to the art when the female ninja shows up wearing little more than a silk ribbon as a suit, her long legs, cleavage and exposed behind she looks like she has stepped out of any number of comics from the mid 90’s.

This is not your childhood TMNT comic, this is a much more adult book, the opening page of Donatello being brutally shot and Leonardo decapitating one of the cyborgs  are the only evidence one needs to keep this out of the hands of younger fans.

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I've been collecting comics since I was 13. A comic shop near where I lived was closing down and selling all their back issues for 25p. My cousin and I had a look around. I had £5 and spent it all on Wonder Woman comics. For the next decade I picked up a few more here and there but nothing serious until I spent the day in the centre of London and saw half a dozen comic book stores. It didn't take long after that to complete the whole 226 issue run. While collecting Wonder Woman comics, several more titles peeked my interest including Supergirl and Young Justice by Peter David which to this day have been my all time favourite comic runs. Now I'm almost 8,000 comics deep into my obsession and have been lucky enough to review comics for the past couple of years and now have my own site to share my passion.

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