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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherIDW Publishing
File size7.2 Mb
GanreSequential Art
Release date 02.12.2014
Pages count104
Book rating4.44 (38 votes)
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This is my first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic so I don’t know if Turtles in Time slots into some ongoing storyline but they jump straight into the time-travelling with no backstory whatsoever. First page - the Turtles are in dinosaur times! Why? There’s a woman called Renet who’s got a time-travel wand. Who’s she? Shut up, dude, that’s not important - the Turtles are fighting!

And that’s basically the whole book. The Turtles jump from prehistoric times to feudal Japan (referencing the third Turtles movie, which is also where the time-travel wand gets its design from, I think), to pirate-times, to dystopian future. It’s never clear why they’re time-travelling or why they had to go to these specific times, but maybe I’m missing the point of Turtles comics - maybe the readership simply don’t care and just want to see their heroes do ninja-stuff in different settings?

It seems that in the comics, Splinter is a human who mutated into a rat, rather than a rat who mutated into a larger rat who could talk and do martial arts. But then I didn’t really get all those references to “mom” and “dad” when the Turtles were in feudal Japan - just how old is Splinter?! Or Shredder for that matter - the dude pops up centuries apart and doesn’t seem to age! Unless Shredder and Splinter are titles rather than people? I have no clue.

Each issue is drawn by a separate artist, so sometimes the Turtles kinda look facially like girls, or monsters, and sometimes they look totally unmemorable. I didn’t love any of the art styles though and none really stood out as exceptional.

I can’t say Turtles in Time is a bad comic but it just wasn’t for me. The writing and characterisations are fine, the art is ok, and maybe if you’re a bigger fan of the characters you’ll get more out of it. But Turtles in Time didn’t make me want to seek out more Turtles comics anytime soon.

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