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‘TMNT: Turtles in Time’ – TPB Review

I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to write a review for the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time comic book series. Chapter 3 in this series was one of the very first comics I reviewed for Fanboy Comics, let alone one of the first comic books I've read since I was a young boy. Although, at first, I thought time-traveling turtles were a little far fetched, I then remembered that I was reading about a series of ninja turtles who also happen to be mutant teenagers. EVERYTHING is too far fetched for this storyline! And, now that I've read all 4 issues, I actually think this is one of the best TMNT comic books in the entire franchise.

In Turtles in Time, not only do our four heroes travel from the prehistoric era to mid-century Japan, they also become captains of a pirate ship and even fight Shredder in a future in which he and Krang are rulers of the entire world! Not only that, but Donatello deals with his future self, almost causing him to "throw in the towel." And, Mikey encourages an entire crew of pirates to stick up for themselves by not giving into fear. Meanwhile, Raph learns a beautiful lesson about family and appreciates his brothers even more after a daring rescue, while Leo fights his worst enemy to try and change his father's past. I mean, comic books don't get any deeper than this!

What makes this series even cooler is the team of artists who made each of the four chapters look and feel different. Ben Bates brings some gorgeous watercolor sketches to life while our pizza-loving heroes captain the high seas. And, Charles Paul Wilson III delivers a harsh style of art to coincide with Leo's feelings of pain and anger, knowing that his opportunity to change their past could affect so much more. Artists Ross Campbell and Dan Duncan, as well as colorists Bill Crabtree, Jeremy Mohler, and Ronda Pattison, also deserve honorable mentions. Trust me. When you read this series, you'll appreciate what each of these artists bring to the page.

And, I can't forget to mention the fantastic storyline by Paul Allor (Chapters 1 and 4) and Erik Burnham (Chapters 2 and 3). With the turtles jumping between millions of years in time, only a duo like this could have it make sense by adding Renet into the mix (even when we can only understand half of what she's saying). As readers, we also see some wonderful opportunities unfold that most heroes never get the chance to confront. Well done!

Speaking of opportunities, now that YOU have the opportunity to read the entire Turtles in Time series in one comic book, I recommend running down to your local nerd store to pick up your own copy, because this is one comic that will fly off the shelves!

Until next TIME . . .