Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Sins Of The Fathers

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Vol 4): Sins Of The Fathers

Written by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz

Illustrated by Andy Kuhn

Published by Diamond Book Distributors, February 2013
The TMN Turtles have been a fixture in our house ever since my eldest daughters were tiny, so it was fun to be able to read and review this installment of a graphic novel series about them via NetGalley.

Our pizza-loving turtle heroes - Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Leonardo, their Sensei, Master Splinter and  Shredder, their arch-enemy,  probably need no introduction to anyone who had children in the 1980s and 1990s, and their popularity has endured ever since through TV series, film, comics and graphic novels.

This is the fourth book of this particular story, and although I had not read the preceding volumes, it was not difficult to catch up with the plotline. There is plenty of action and lots of suspense, just as I expected, and our heroes win the day but not without some major moral dilemmas along the way. When their friend Casey turns up, badly hurt by his abusive father, Raphael goes on the warpath, determined to teach the father a well-earned lesson by giving him a taste of the medicine he had meted out to poor Casey, but Master Splinter follows him to intervene and teaches Raphael to channel his anger into more positive action than simply thumping Casey's unpleasant father.

 I enjoyed seeing Karai, a Ninja villainess and remain amazed at how well it is possible to portray action moves in a graphic novel format. I thought the artwork was excellent and well-matched to the story.  There are bad guys galore, aliens, a mysterious laboratory and some rather worrying loose ends to be continued in the next book. I can't wait!

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