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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan #4 Review

5

The mini-series concludes here and we're treated to the final secrets of Shredder's brand new origin story!

The Good

Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham's four-issue mini-series sadly comes to an end, but it leaves us with yet another issue any Turtles fan will adore. Not only has this run successfully added a whole new layer to the Hamato / Oroku rivalry, but it has done a brilliant job adding new twists to a classic story we've come to know so well.

Shredder may look and sound the same as the Shredder we've seen a thousand times before (okay, not as campy as the '87 cartoon), but his origin story gets a total rehash and this final issue adds the most interesting layers. It's an excellent way to wrap up this awesome series and organically connects into the primary title.

Co-writers Santolouco and Burnham did a great job with the script, too. The interactions between the brothers are refreshingly sharp. What's particularly hilarious is Mikey's analogy for their complex scenario ("New player! New Game!") and Donny's reaction is every bit as good. It's clear these writers have a strong passion and understanding of the characters and the result is absolutely in the pages.

The coloring by Joao "Azeitona" Vieira helps make the pages particularly pleasing to the eyes. The coloring is distinct and fitting for each tone the book offers. There's a volley of downright stunning images in the final act and those are hugely complimented by the vivid use of colors.

Oh, and there just happens to be one of the coolest Shredder vs. Splinter panels ever (followed with a short fight, of course) in this issue. That alone should warrant a must buy for any long-time fan of the Turtles, no?

The Bad

Overall, I'm a big fan of Santolouco's art, but the Turtles' heads might be too exaggerated and therefore jarring for some. It's definitely a unique take on their anatomy. Additionally, there's a scene where April slugs the professor (which is of course joyous), but his reaction to the hit seems blown out of proportion. If the scene ended on that note I would have honestly thought the guy's neck was snapped from the strike.

The Verdict

Loaded with fast action, hysterical interactions and a fantastic conclusion, this mini-series is a must read for any fan of the franchise. With 'City Fall,' just around the corner in the main title, this run does nothing but help build the hype for more of Shredder and I'm especially excited to see how things will go from here now knowing the huge changes to his origin. Despite owning the issues, this is without question a series I'll purchase again when a trade (or even a hardcore) hits because it's just that good.

20 Comments
Posted by RedQueen

Just here to show my support :)

Oh, and great review...I've heard awesome things about this book, I'll have to check it out :D

Posted by Lvenger

Awesome review Gregg! Though I don't have the money to buy this series in addition to the ongoing TMNT series, would you recommend The Secret History of the Foot Clan TPB for say a birthday present? Because this is really sounding good from the sounds of your review

Posted by k4tzm4n

@RedQueen: Thanks and hopefully it will live up to the hype for you!

@Lvenger said:

Awesome review Gregg! Though I don't have the money to buy this series in addition to the ongoing TMNT series, would you recommend The Secret History of the Foot Clan TPB for say a birthday present? Because this is really sounding good from the sounds of your review

SO MUCH YES. And thank you!

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Posted by Technicolorville

@Lvenger: It's a really good story an instant classic in my book. It doesn't take up too much space and should be a part of anyone's comic collection especially a TMNT fan. As soon as you start reading it you'll be hooked it's not as campy as the 1980's cartoon nor as gritty as the original stories in Mirage comics. This comic has a perfect blend of both humor and action. The story is character driven with a good plot. The dialogue is great and has just the right amount. Sometimes when I read comics the story is bogged down by too much dialogue or not enough this is just perfect. I really love this book :)

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Technicolorville said:

@Lvenger: It's a really good story an instant classic in my book. It doesn't take up too much space and should be a part of anyone's comic collection especially a TMNT fan. As soon as you start reading it you'll be hooked it's not as campy as the 1980's cartoon nor as gritty as the original stories in Mirage comics. This comic has a perfect blend of both humor and action. The story is character driven with a good plot. The dialogue is great and has just the right amount. Sometimes when I read comics the story is bogged down by too much dialogue or not enough this is just perfect. I really love this book :)

100% agreed.

This gave me a solid laugh.

(For everyone else, it's after Mikey realizes he can read Japanese)

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Posted by Lvenger

@Technicolorville: @k4tzm4n: Well it sounds like high praise. Seems like that's one birthday present sorted out at least :P And a pleasure as always Gregg!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Lvenger: Likewise. Hopefully there will be a trade out when your birthday comes around.

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Posted by Lvenger
Posted by Xwraith

I'd go as far to say that this outshined the ongoing.

Edited by k4tzm4n
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Posted by Brit

FTW!!!

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

XD

Do you have a scan when April punches the professor?

Posted by k4tzm4n

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

XD

Do you have a scan when April punches the professor?

I can make one later.

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n said:

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

XD

Do you have a scan when April punches the professor?

I can make one later.

I want the see how bad the neck was lol

Posted by k4tzm4n

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

XD

Do you have a scan when April punches the professor?

I can make one later.

I want the see how bad the neck was lol

Here you go:

(Don't let this give you a bad impression. Overall, the book looks great.)

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n said:

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

XD

Do you have a scan when April punches the professor?

I can make one later.

I want the see how bad the neck was lol

Here you go:

(Don't let this give you a bad impression. Overall, the book looks great.)

Yeah I know. I'm itching to buy this and Deadpool (and Injustice if it ever comes out) in trade paperback sometime.

Posted by FlyingGrayson22

Loved getting to read two awesomely different Turtle books today. One sci-fi adventure, one ninja adventure, that's why I love TMNT.

Posted by NightFang

@FlyingGrayson22 said:

Loved getting to read two awesomely different Turtle books today. One sci-fi adventure, one ninja adventure, that's why I love TMNT.

I like it better when the mix.

Posted by Raw_Material

Great review Katz. Gonna be flipping through my comics right now, but jus wanted to show that I do read and rate on your reviews.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by Crom-Cruach

I love the new IDW series.