The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS #3 from IDW Publishing. The story and art is by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with colors by Tom Smith’s Scorpion Studios.

After rescuing April, the Turtles head home to find that their master Splinter is gone and there have been signs of a fight. Raphael rushes off to see if he can find their master while the others pick up what hasn’t been destroy and look for a new place to stay. April picks the Turtles up in a van that matches a description that was used in a robbery …, which gets the police’s attention. After a car chase (which eventually involves the real getaway vehicle), our heroes make it to April’s apartment and crash; both emotionally and physically tired. The epilogue explains Splinter’s disappearance.

I remember reading this story when the issues were originally collected a long time ago. The story holds up really well. I guess they went back and colored these stories is to attract attention that they may not receive being in black and white. Not that I am saying Scorpion Studios did not do a good job, but I think it was not necessary. The original art looks as great now as it did back then. This series is worth picking up to see where the Turtles came from.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS #3 is in stores now and available at www.idwpublishing.com.

~ Thomas

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