Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14 – Review
If there’s one thing that IDW Publishing does right, its licensed properties. I’ve been vocalizing how much I enjoy the ongoing Ghostbusters title that they put out each month, and I recently rediscovered how much I enjoy the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series that they’ve been doing. It’s a re-imaging of the origin story by original creator Kevin Eastman, and it might be the update that older Turtle fans have been looking for.
With that said this issue by itself was very emotional and touching.
Casey Jones is much younger in this incarnation of the franchise, and has an abusive father who beats him within an inch of his life nearly every night. Raphael had rescued Casey before, and when Casey shows up with even worse injuries he rushes off to do the same to Mr. Jones.
But Splinter has a much different idea of how to handle the situation, and it results in a wonderful philosophic discussion about violence creating violence between the master and student. It’s also a wonderful story about how people who are physically abused by a parent feel that they have to deal with the pain and problems alone. Then goes on to help victims realize that there’s always someone willing to help, as long as you’re willing to let them in.
The story by Eastman and Tom Waltz is really heart-felt and makes for a great new take on the mutant heroes. Aside from the touching story about Casey Jones, we get a story of inter-dimensional conquest with Krang, who is set up as the next big villain in the series.
This issue is a great jumping on point for new readers. I had only read the first issue of the series and picked up #14 on a whim. I had no problem understanding what was going on, and I was immediately pulled in by the story and characters.
If you’re looking for a take on the heroes in half shell that you’ve never seen before, this is the material that you should be reading.