Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Book IV by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

This book is what comics are all about. I could read this one over and over (I say that because I actually have). The art is gorgeous, first of all, and very austere. I don’t know much about artwork but in this book things are cranked up to eleven so that everything looks harsher and darker and cold.

The Turtles in April’s apartment are getting read for Christmas. Michelangelo is cooking Christmas Eve dinner, Rafael is trimming the tree and Donatelo is rigging up the lights to put on a particularly amazing show.

Meanwhile Leonardo battles across the New York rooftops with members of the Foot clan until bloodied, beaten and nearly weaponless he is corralled and surrounded and he discovers the reason for their attack. The Shredder is back, and he is not happy.

The rest of the book is about loss and trauma and depression and blame and is not the kind of story you expect to see explored in a comic book. If you want to only ever read one Ninja Turtles comic book this is the one to read.

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1 thought on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Book IV by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird”

  1. This reply is a response about the toys. I don’t know if they still make the toys. Ours was a used gift from a friend. It could possibly have been a yard sale find. You could always check flea markets and yard sales.
    It also sounds like a new movie may be in the works. Lance read somewhere about a celebrity who would be doing one of the turtle’s voices. Depending on the popularity of that, there may be more toys hitting the shelves.
    Thanks for the info concerning early reader books. I have a couple of early reader boys in my house right now who would probably really enjoy those. I’ll keep an eye out.

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