Humanity’s GREATEST Literary Work

With slight modifications for genre, the sentiments legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy once applied to the band Survivor applies with as much truth to Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham’s 2014 IDW miniseries masterpiece Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters – “I’ve often said that the [comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters] is the best that ever was.  In my opinion, they put [classic literature] to bed.  Everyone else is an imitator.  That’s right, you heard me [Shakespeare], [Rumi], [J.K. Rowling], [John Grisham], you guys suck…dong.”  But to be as honest as possible, I must take my praise a step further, slightly modifying Ron Burgundy once again, “This [comic book] is quite simply the greatest composition in human history.  If you disagree, I will fight you.” Continue reading

Out of the Shadows and into the D-Box

This weekend David, Kalie, and I headed to our local movie theatre to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – complete with the brand new D-Box enhanced seating experience.  This is that tale.  Are you wondering if you should see the latest Turtles film?  Are you curious as to what my brother, girlfriend, and I thought of their newest big screen adventure?  Do you like reading stuff about comic book movies and/or mutated turtles who also happen to simultaneously be adolescent ninjas?  Do you just want to know what the hell a D-Box seat at the movie theatre is (and if it’s worth the crazy up-charge in ticket price)?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then you are in luck!  This story is for you.  (As usual, it’s presented spoiler-free.) Continue reading

A Beautiful Rebirth

With fifty-eight issues and twelve micro/miniseries and counting, it should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the world of comics that IDW’s current reimaging of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is something special.  However, being out of the comic game for over fifteen years, I had no idea what I was getting into when I read the first trade paperback.  I couldn’t’ve been ready for this comic when I picked it up and now I can never imagine putting it down.  Living in an era of reboots and remakes, we’ve come to accept “At least they didn’t destroy it…” as often the best we can hope for.  But IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles defies all odds and transforms a fun childhood favorite into an artistic and emotional masterpiece.  With mutants on the mind this weekend (I’ll probably be seeing the new movie tomorrow), I am feeling the urge to talk Turtles.  So let’s go!  Continue reading