Imagine my joy today when I not only went to my local comic book shop after having been deprived of it for the past few weeks due to their moving to a new location (which can only be described as a small airplane hanger...seriously, it's HUGE), but also found the latest issue of the rebooted TMNT comic book waiting for me in my holding box.
Suffice to say, after all the sheer and unadulterated wrongness that has been going around as of late regarding the intrepid four (no, this is NOT a rant...but more will come later, you can rest assured about that), diving into this issue was a definite pallet cleanser for me. The creative team at IDW continues to deliver a story that is beyond entertaining with its combination of humor, action and drama.
This issue picks up immediately where issue #7 left off, and resolves the cliff-hanger only to leave us on a new cliff-hanger by the end of the issue (but that's to be expected...after all, it is a comic book, lol). But apart from that, the story is also advanced. Krang continues to prove that he is not to be messed with, and he lets Baxter Stockman know that under no uncertain terms.
Shredder still hasn't made an appearance, but it's obviously something to which the story is building up. We also see Casey and April gradually growing a little closer. Oh, and April's "stone age" van from the original live-action film makes an appearance ;)
We see Raph's temper making a slow return, and we also see the brothers really utilizing Donnie's intellect in a battle for the first time in the course of the reboot. Does this mean that IDW is gradually returning to the formula with which we fans are so familiar? Only time will tell on that one, but I'm more than ready and willing to wait and spend all the time it takes in order to see what happens.
Without going into too much detail as to the plot of the issue (if you haven't read the issue), I can at the very least share with you that April finally meets the turtles in this issue.
Well...more to the point, she sees the turtles before fainting into Casey's arms--the issue ending with Casey cracking a joke on the subject...
"I just wish I never taught her how to punch 'cause somethin' tells me when she wakes up she's gonna break my face."
Suffice to say, I am very happy to report that I have yet to be disappointed by this comic book, and in today's world where disappointment seems to be hounding the footsteps of the turtles (okay, so I lied...there's a just a little bit of a rant in this post), I think we can all count ourselves lucky that while they're being twisted into something completely different in the upcoming film, that their integrity is still being maintained upon the pages where they originally got their start.
Keep up the good work, IDW! You are making this rabid fangirl VERY happy :D