Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol. 2 #3
Another Mirage black-and-white classic presented in full color! In “Dome Doom,” an innocent trip to the comic book store lands the TMNT and Casey Jones smack dab in the middle of a stupendous life-and-death battle between very real super heroes and super villains!
The old school Turtles are back, and this time they’re in color. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol.2 #3 hits this week. The original story featured story and art by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The update with color is handled by Tom Smith’s Scorpion Studios. This time the Turtles meet some superheroes at a comic book shop. How does this newly colored classic measure up?
Casey Jones, Raph and Mike are at the comic book shop looking for back issue goodies. Everyone seems to have found their own gem and are about to call it a day when tiny robots attack. That’s when the Turtles learn that the weird shop keepers aren’t just weird people, they’re weird superheroes. Casey Jones and the four green bros quickly find themselves pulled into a battle where Metal Head, Stainless Steve Steel, Zippy, Joey Lastic “The RubberBand,” and Battling Bernice face off one more against the villainous Dr. Dome. When the Turtles team up with the older folks that used to be the Justice Force, they find out that everything isn’t exactly what it seems and times, as well as people, change.
Laird and Eastman presented a pretty fun one-and-done story with the Turtles teaming up with a group of superheroes. In a world where giant mutated turtles are heroes, the inclusion of superheroes is the thing that feels the weirdest. You just don’t really think of that when you think of TMNT. It’s a fun story with some really interesting heroes. They’ve popped up in the cartoons and the like, so if you’re a fan of the Turtles, seeing them in color is a real treat. The updated colors are bright and feel very much in line with what it would have looked like had the issue been done in color at the time. When a lot of comics get updated, the colors are usually the thing that stands out as not feeling ‘authentic,’ but IDW has really made sure that’s not the case with their Classics line.
Bottom Line: If you’re a longtime TMNT fan or a new convert, these Color Classics offer up a good look at the series’ origins in a new and exciting light…or color rather. If you want a quick one-shot Turtles adventure, this one is for you. 4/5