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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan #3 Review

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The Turtles take the Foot Clan head-on in an attempt to rescue the Professor.

The Good

Turtles fans, this right here is mandatory reading. If there isn't room in your budget for a $3.99 title, then make room because this series is worth every penny and then some. Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham are giving us a quintessential TMNT book.

Everything you love about these characters is delivered in a top-notch fashion. The series is overflowing with fascinating history and connecting perfectly to the primary IDW ongoing. The turtles are written exceptionally well, each delivering lines that let their personality really shine ("I don't have time to explain Newton's second law right now, Mikey!").

And no good TMNT book would be complete without some combat and luckily it's quite frenetic here. Raph and Leo deflect Karai's arrows, Mikey smacks around some Foot Ninjas, Shredder and Splinter even have a brief encounter... it's a blast. What really stuck to my memory is the chase scene towards the end. It's presented to us in such a cinematic manner and felt fluid.

Even though it's packed with action, the heavy amount of melees don't hinder the story's progression at all. We still dive into the past and learn more about Shredder's history (though it is a bit heavy in exposition we already know) and, while it doesn't make a major leap, the current story does move forward as well when we reach the conclusion.

Just like the script, the art is also top-notch but really manages to stand out during the action scenes. The motion is brutal, letting you fully appreciate every punch, kick and slash dished out. Additionally, I love the creative use of sound effects (sparks from swords clashing and glass shattering). Small touches like that compliment the reading experience really well and further helps it stand out from the competition.

The Bad

The only "bad" thing here is this is a limited series, so we know this awesomeness has an expiration date.

The Verdict

Everything you're searching for when it comes to a Ninja Turtles experience can be found within these pages. It's funny, filled with fast action, rich in plot, looks great and has a huge cast of characters. You simply have to give this series a shot if you consider yourself a fan of the franchise.

16 Comments
Posted by Dark_Guyver

Alopex looks vicious! Wether it's the main series, micro series, or the Secret History of the Foot Clan series, TMNT has yet to disappoint since it's IDW run. Can't wait for issue #4. Them we have the villains micro series to look forward too!!

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@Dark_Guyver said:

Alopex looks vicious! Wether it's the main series, micro series, or the Secret History of the Foot Clan series, TMNT has yet to disappoint since it's IDW run. Can't wait for issue #4. Them we have the villains micro series to look forward too!!

I wonder if Shredder has "feelings" for Alopex or vice versa. Her love for Shredder could make a interesting micro story leading to a rivalry for affection with Karai.

If this review doesn't get as many comments as "Megan Fox being cast as April O'Nail" proves they weren't true TMNT fans!

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Posted by Dark_Guyver

@NightFand Yea, I bet a lot of those people complaining don't even pick up this great series. There's definitely some hostility between Karai and Alopex already. Can't wait to see how this ends.

Posted by notoriousmistersims

great series enjoyed the last 2 issues

Posted by ivolution2k1

my god DAT art i cant express how much i love this mini series

Posted by Yung ANcient One
Definitely putting this on my pull list (+)
Posted by Mokey

@NightFang: "If this review doesn't get as many comments as "Megan Fox being cast as April O'Nail" proves they weren't true TMNT fans!"

Hah. You got that right.

@ivolution2k1:

Then you'll be happy to learn that the artist for this is going to be doing the art for the main series starting with issue #22.

Posted by Lvenger

But, but I don't have the money for this awesome sounding book (sighs at lack of money for more awesome TMNT stories)

Posted by 3rdrocket

I think TMNT is one of the best comics on the market right now

Posted by Trodorne

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of the best modern comics out there right now.

Posted by Dan_Mohorter

I'm digging the TMNT series a ton. Looking forward to some Ninja history.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

Love this book. I just recently started reading the ongoing series (issue 14 and on. I just bought the trades for the rest) and I have all 3 of these. Both of these books have made me a huge fan of the Turtles again like when I was young. I even got all of the action figures to add to my current collection. This and the ongoing have become some of my favorites to read each month.

Posted by NightFang

@Mokey said:

Then you'll be happy to learn that the artist for this is going to be doing the art for the main series starting with issue #22.

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Posted by pingclang

@G_Money_Christmas said:

Love this book. I just recently started reading the ongoing series (issue 14 and on. I just bought the trades for the rest) and I have all 3 of these. Both of these books have made me a huge fan of the Turtles again like when I was young. I even got all of the action figures to add to my current collection. This and the ongoing have become some of my favorites to read each month.

Welcome to the fold. I love seeing fans return. The new comics did the exact same thing for me.

Posted by danhimself

I still think the thing that I love the most about this series is that the artist added pouches to their belts...it's a small thing but it just makes so much sense and it's something that no other artist has included before

Posted by Raw_Material

Casey's on the cover! I'm excited to review this issue tomorrow, let alone read it!

Been mostly reading the Throne of Atlantis and Wrath of the First Lanterns, and haven't really touched up on any reviews due to how busy I've been lately. Definitely going to write one up for this issue tomorrow as I put it on myself to review all 4 parts of this mini-series.