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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 Review

5

Discover the origin of Shredder's clan in this epic new series.

The Good

If you're a fan of the Ninja Turtles and haven't picked up this issue yet, immediately stop what you're doing and get it. I don't care if you're at work or reading from your smart phone in the bathroom, go get yourself a physical or digital copy ASAP. No matter how much I praise this issue in the following paragraphs, it just won't do it justice and is a must read for any TMNT fan.

Written by Mateus Santolouco & Erik Burnham, this series explores the rich roots of the Foot Clan. There's so much heart and passion thrown into this story and it's executed in such a superb way. The pace of the book kept a ridiculously tight grip on my interest and refused to let go. To top it off, the ending is almost guaranteed to make any fan thrilled for the next issue. Cheesy cliffhangers are far too common but this is one that's overflowing with potential and intrigue.

Yes, the $3.99 price tag might be intimidating to some, but you're getting so much more content here than you would it a vast majority of other books (or at least it feels that way). It's a truly impressive feat and a shockingly good reading experience.

Mateus Santolouco also provided the art and it's jaw-droppingly awesome. It's rough around the edges, packed with detail and brings a whole new feel to the franchise. The combat comes to life as motion is represented almost flawlessly and strikes feel devastating. The first battle is sure to have anyone hooked.

There's even slight modifications to the Turtles (their masks) and it works well. There's also plenty of little touches that are worth praise. For example, panels from the past are outlined with rough edges, while scenes in the present have solid borders. There's plenty to commend here when it comes to both the writing and art.

The Bad

Mikey's face creeped me out a bit in the van. It basically looked like he had googly eyes behind his mask. Aside from that, no major complaints. This issue was incredible.

The Verdict

If possible, I'd give this issue 6/5 stars. But I can't, so a flawless 5/5 will have to suffice. If you like TMNT or even consider yourself remotely interested in the franchise, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It's a top-notch first issue with a phenomenal story and equally impressive artwork.

24 Comments
Posted by The Stegman

Still getting caught up on the main series...waiting for the fourth TPB to come out, once that happens, I go aggressively start reading whatever else I need to online.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Great comic! After dealing with the train wreck that is Spider-Man the last couple weeks this is very refreshing. And as usual, Gregg's review is spot on!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Dark_Guyver: Thanks.

@The Stegman: Not sure if it helps, but at the moment this issue can be enjoyed without being current on the rest of the material.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I am totally loving everything TMNT at the moment 

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Posted by Xwraith

I'd like to thank the good people of CV, without whom I would have never picked up IDW's TMNT.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I am totally loving everything TMNT at the moment

For sure. It's a great time to be a Turtles fan.

@Xwraith said:

I'd like to thank the good people of CV, without whom I would have never picked up IDW's TMNT.

Posted by Dernman

Hmm looked like I missed this book when I was looking for what was coming out this week.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Dernman said:

Hmm looked like I missed this book when I was looking for what was coming out this week.

RECTIFY THAT MISTAKE AT ONCE, SIR!

Posted by longbowhunter

That Grampa variant is stunning. I loved Santolouco on Dial H. This looks really good.

Posted by VictorVonDoom_1

Y'know, I read some pages of this at the store and the art was what caught me. I debated whether or not to get it, since I am TMNT fan, but I put it down.... And now, I regret that. Good review.

Posted by benblanks

Until now I thought I had just picked up the next TMNT issue (I thought that was quick!), the good folks at my LCS are good about throwing tie-ins in my bin, but I've skipped all the micro-series stuff in hopes that there's a trade released collecting them all in order to save a few bucks. Looks like I know what I should move to the top of my stack I'm about to read. Thanks Greg!

Honestly though I am trying to cut down on new series to save up for the child my fiance' and I are expecting...anyone know how long this series is running? As good as it sounds, I shouldn't be picking up another on-going title.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@benblanks: Congrats! Also, it's a 4 issue mini series.

Posted by Yung ANcient One
They're going to make this into a Trade... right? (+)
Edited by Raw_Material

One of my most favorite issues as of right now. lol. love the origin story and flashback of the the Foot Clan and the legacy of Takeshi Tatsuo.

Edited by leosol

I love the canonical miniseries' for this current tmnt series. getting different writers in to fill in little gaps or back stories the main book might not have the time for. Getting to see the events regarding the formation and inner workings of the ancient Foot clan is amazing. I really couldn't be happier with any aspects of this new mini series or the main book right now. At 3.99 any issue of TMNT is a steal right now

Posted by Brit

FTW!!!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Yung ANcient One said:

They're going to make this into a Trade... right? (+)

Nothing announced yet but it seems safe to assume so.

@ckuakini said:

One my most favorite issues, as of right now. lol. love the origin story and flashback of the yuu clan and the legacy of Takeshi Tokuo.

Definitely!

@Brit said:

FTW!!!

FTW, indeed!

Posted by Mr_riddler

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Posted by notoriousmistersims

great read looking forward to the next 3 issues

Edited by Raw_Material

@benblanks said:

Until now I thought I had just picked up the next TMNT issue (I thought that was quick!), the good folks at my LCS are good about throwing tie-ins in my bin, but I've skipped all the micro-series stuff in hopes that there's a trade released collecting them all in order to save a few bucks. Looks like I know what I should move to the top of my stack I'm about to read. Thanks Greg!

Honestly though I am trying to cut down on new series to save up for the child my fiance' and I are expecting...anyone know how long this series is running? As good as it sounds, I shouldn't be picking up another on-going title.

Definitely, go ahead and place this miniseries into your pull list. Worth dropping some titles to pick up on this series for sure.

And congratulations brother! hope you guys have the good life together raising your kid to be the best she/he can be. Definitely have to get your kid to enjoy the ocean..most peaceful place in the world..

Again, congrats, from Hawaii

Posted by Raw_Material

Unarguably, one of the best IDW Publised issues every released. If you were a born around the 90's and remember watching 'TMNT' cartoon series growing up as a kid, I HIGHLY suggest you to stop by your local comic shop and pick this issue up. The new miniseries, written by the collaboration of both talents is definitely going to be raising lots of attention throughout the world of comics this new year.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@ckuakini said:

Unarguably, one of the best IDW Publised issues every released. If you were a born around the 90's and remember watching 'TMNT' cartoon series growing up as a kid, I HIGHLY suggest you to stop by your local comic shop and pick this issue up. The new miniseries, written by the collaboration of both talents is definitely going to be raising lots of attention throughout the world of comics this new year.

Agreed.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but man oh man, it was a very nice surprise. 
 
And you're over in Hawaii?  I'm slightly jealous :P
Edited by Raw_Material

@k4tzm4n: yea same here..but any story pertaining to an origin story line always seems to be really interesting, in my eyes. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I'm fascinated by superhero origin and those coming out of comic books. and yea I'm born and raised in Hawaii, but not sure tho, it's sort of a visa versa kind of thing. You guys get the most out of everything, while we have to go out and search what were looking for, sometimes only online. Like my local comic ship is 15-20 min away and is the one of two shops over here on Oahu (compared to how much comic shops there are on the states, in close proximity). We do get the best of the weather, waves, and lifestyle down here for sure tho. But if your interested in other things than those that part-take in hawaii, then your gonna have a difficult time with your extra hobby. Some other things are video games. I've played competitively on CoD for quite some time, even almost going pro..yesss, i no..but out of the couple years of playing competitively, I could not travel to the states with my team to compete in national events, as well as connect to them in private lobbies online due to connection error. Some things come at a advantage, while other are set to disadvantages..but it's a win-win situation; my main sport I part-take in is surfing, so I don't mind really. However, I do like to do things besides surfing and cruising with my friends the whole day 24/7 a week, like comics so it's kind of difficult to keep updated with. Every Wednesday's I do go down to my local comic shop and pick up the issues in my bin, tho. But thats my only source, besides here at Comic Vine. And that's why I love it over here. Comicvine.com is my homepage! lol.

Posted by Brit

I have a question though, is Tatsuo a Samurai or Ninja? The issue only describes him as Top swordsman. Thanks for the insight!