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Why You Should Read: TMNT: The Secret History of the Foot Clan

Like the Ninja Turtles? Then you MUST read this story by Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham. Seriously, it's mandatory.

You think you know Shredder's history and the origin story of the Heroes in a Half Shell... but you have no idea. Really, you don't. That's just one of the many reasons why IDW's reboot of the popular franchise has been such a massive success, too. It's still giving off an overwhelming sense of familiarity and giving us plenty of what we want from the universe we know and love, but they're also throwing several alterations our way and making totally unexpected yet very awesome changes to the mythos. Given the title, it's obvious this four-issue limited-series dives into the lore and crafts huge changes, but the real reason you should read it is far more simple: because it's phenomenal.

Co-writers Erik Burnham and Mateus Santolouco do a stellar job handling this engrossing adventure which brings ginormous changes to the series. The story is able to flow seamlessly from the bloody and mystical events of Shredder's past to the current events between the villain and the Turtles. Be it the more abstract and dark elements in Shredder's past or the thoroughly cinematic events in the present, this series never fails to keep a super-strong grip on your focus and present a beyond sharp understanding of each and every character. It's a superb example of storytelling, constantly providing one immersive scene after another. When it comes to the overall narrative and comprehension of each character, this is without question one of the most satisfying TMNT stories you'll be able to find.

There's no doubt Kevin Eastman has established the signature look for the Turtles, but I wouldn't mind if Mateus Santolouco illustrated everything Turtles related until the end of time. The man is beyond talented and his work is nothing short of topnotch, providing a shockingly impressive amount of focus on each and every character and bringing their surroundings to life. There's just so much to be found and appreciated in every single panel. From the defining features on each Turtle to the creative inclusion of sound effects as swords clash or glass shatters, there's so much to love when it comes to Santolouco's art. Whether it's a vicious sword fight in snowy fields or fast-paced and frenetic car chases in the city, Santolouco delivers and then some.

If you're a regular here at our little corner of the internet, then odds are you've seen us praise IDW's current TMNT story 'City Fall' in all kinds of features. While 'City Fall' is indeed new reader friendly, it's worth noting that this limited-series connects right to it and will absolutely answer any and all questions you may have about the new continuity. Want the specifics on their new origin? Are you curious how this version of Shredder is different than the other takes on the foe you've seen before? Then yeah, this is a must read.

And yes, SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN is new reader friendly, too. This means if you have ANY interest in jumping into the nostalgic and rather excellent franchise, then there's quite literally zero reasons why you shouldn't read this one. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You can pick up this series without having read another Turtles comic before and odds are you'll exit wanting to read what comes next.

From the opening sequence to the final page, THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN is a TMNT story I simply cannot recommend enough. Burnham and Santolouco do a masterful job crafting a beyond entertaining story and to call Santolouco's visuals "great" would be a massive understatement. Whether you're a longtime Turtles fan or just someone curious about the franchise, this is without question the book you must read at least once.

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Edited by Dark_Guyver

This arc was so good! I would love some more mini series like this one from IDW. I jut can't get enough of the TMNT universe!

Posted by Wolverine08

This story was so awesome! Everything just worked perfectly, and Shredder origin's into a villain were crafted beautifully! Turtle Power!

Posted by Nassirdada

i will

Posted by Xwraith

"I just realized I can read more manga now!"

I love you, Mikey.

Posted by Michael_Moran

Tmnt stuff coming out of.idw possible best reading around right.now.

Posted by Wolverine08

Edited by batmannflash

I've read this one!

Posted by Wolverine08
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Posted by TheFirstLantern

When you announced the hint on twitter, I knew it was this @k4tzm4n

Posted by Ostyo

Sould?

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Edited by AllStarSuperman

Can't wait for Christmas money!

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Posted by redhood21

ninja rap FTW!

Posted by StMichalofWilson

I would love for this series to be part of the new show! That would be awesome!

Edited by danhimself

I still think the best thing that Mateus Santolouco has done outside of his fantastic artwork is add pouches to their belts...it just makes so much sense and I can't believe that it wasn't done sooner

Edited by RoTheKid

Great TMNT book and series overall! :)

Posted by CitizenJP

I love love love the artwork.

Posted by ccraft

TMNT is my favorite ongoing atm, its amazing! I wish TMNT was on the top 50 in comic sales, the series freakin deserves it! >:l

SHotFC is my favorite TMNT arc atm, City Fall is a close second.

Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

@k4tzm4n:

Could you give me a quick list of great modern TMNT trades? I haven read Turtles since the 80s and would like to get a look at the current stuff. Any modern classics you can recommend?

Posted by mark15

I read this before jumping in to the regular ongoing and now i'm all caught up. If you aren't sure to start this series then start with this book. Its the best arc, and you don't really have to know anything that has happened before hand to get what the story is about.

Posted by tparks

This series was amazing! Everything TMNT coming out of IDW has been incredible. It's the best ongoing series in comics at the moment, and so are the micro-series and side stories like this one that go with it.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

The "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go" part of that song is the notification sound on my phone.

I loved this series and I loved Eric Burnham writing it. If Waltz and Eastman weren't writing the script anymore, he'd be the person I'd want to take over. Awesome awesome story. I love how it gives a change to their origin. I always thought the previous origin was stupid. This one makes a little more sense (well, as much sense as you can make about ninja turtles).

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

I really have to read this series again. I read the first 8 or so issues but then had to drop it due to money.

But it's just great.

A story about anthropomorphic turtles really doesn't have a right to be so good.

Posted by Wolverine08

@fadetoblackbolt:

It is incredible! One of the top ten comics being produced right now IMO. It would definitely be a top seller if Marvel or DC were publishing it.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

@wolverine08: But thank god neither Marvel or DC have the rights to this. Ugh, I could only imagine the crap they would try to pull.

Posted by Lvenger

I really have to read this story at some point. It constantly gets praise for its immersive narrative, excellent plot and awesome revelations about the TMNT, Splinter and Shredder's past. Not to mention that Santolouco is one of the best Turtle artists ever!

Posted by Raw_Material

..Cause it takes us more in depths with the secret history of the Foot and is carried over to the current TMNT series where we see Alopex and Oruku Saki trying to complete the spell once more.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@lvenger said:

I really have to read this story at some point. It constantly gets praise for its immersive narrative, excellent plot and awesome revelations about the TMNT, Splinter and Shredder's past. Not to mention that Santolouco is one of the best Turtle artists ever!

Yes, yes you do have to.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Just got word my library has gotten this so I'm definitely gonna try it out. In all fairness though Katz, I think you should state ANY TMNT comic material should be mandatory, don't you think? ^_^

Posted by mrpandopool

You know what else I want to read?

A crossover between the foot clan and the hand.

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n said:

@lvenger said:

I really have to read this story at some point. It constantly gets praise for its immersive narrative, excellent plot and awesome revelations about the TMNT, Splinter and Shredder's past. Not to mention that Santolouco is one of the best Turtle artists ever!

Yes, yes you do have to.

I'm getting around to it! Just got back from my holidays :P

Posted by danhimself

Just got word my library has gotten this so I'm definitely gonna try it out. In all fairness though Katz, I think you should state ANY TMNT comic material should be mandatory, don't you think? ^_^

no....that would include Image's god awful Volume 3 and no one should have to suffer through that garbage

Edited by NightFang

The art was just so...good!

Edited by k4tzm4n

The art was just so...good!

Pretty much!

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Posted by RavenRecoil

This four comic series is amazing!! I agree Santolouco can do the turtle art for the rest of the comics. Its just the style the turtles need and i love it!! The story is amazing. Reading these comics brings me back to my childhood and its fresh in its story. If you are a turtle fan you should be reading these comics!