It’s true: the best Turtles are quipping, somersaulting, spin-kicking, and doing machines as we speak. Debuting all the way back in 2011, the current run of IDW comics is now well over 100 issues in length and has taken the Turtles through an expert reimagining of all of their greatest hits. Overseen by Eastman, the creative team has relaunched the Turtles, rewritten their origin and major stories, and adeptly blended the grab bag that is 30-40 years of Turtle lore into one, smooth narrative.
They rewrote the fan-favorite story arc “City at War” from the original 1984 run and somehow improved upon it. They crossed over with the X-Files, Ghostbusters, Power Rangers, and Batman, and every single one was a blast. They even introduced a fifth, female Turtle named Jennika, fixing the mistakes of the Venus de Milo introduction completely.
Between all the comics, TV series, and movies, the TMNT lore is as diverse as it is dense. Combining talking alien brains from another dimension, ancient Japanese mysticism, gangs of mutated animal rights activists, and relatable human drama into one cohesive story is no small task. And yet the current IDW comics have done so with aplomb, and that’s precisely why the run is the best incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.