Review: TMNT Villain Micro-Series #1 Krang
Krang was not always the feared warlord he is today. Once he was the spoiled prince of a falling dynasty. One disastrous mission to a penal colony planet changed all of that! Stranded by himself and surrounded by enemies, Krang faces the ultimate test for survival! See how this seemingly helpless alien grew to become a legend… and a leader!
A new TMNT micro-series kicks off this week. Several of the Turtle’s most notorious villains will get the spotlight as we learn a little more about what makes them tick. The first baddie to take the stage is Krang. The story is written by Joshua Williamson with art from Mike Henderson. Ian Herring provides colors and Shawn Lee handles letters.
The story opens with some of Krang’s minions assessing the damage from an attack by a “female ninja” who killed some guards, stole some ooze, and killed an Utrom. One of Krang’s soldiers delivers the message. He doesn’t show the leader as much reverence as he should, which causes Krang to think back to when he was a younger pink brain creature who was just a spoiled prince. The story focuses on Krang as a spoiled brat on planet Utrominon. His father is planning to suppress a prison uprising lead by his old enemy Traxus. The king doesn’t want Krang to be a part of it, but Krang stows away on one of the ships heading to the prison planet. When the forces land, they are quickly decimated. Krang, of course, is the only survivor. He must learn to toughen up and survive the hostile planet. On top of all of that, Krang wants to kill Traxus and solve the problem to impress his father. You can guess how some of it goes considering we know how Krang is in the present.
Williamson writes a nice, contained story that shows us how Krang became as evil and merciless as he is. It’s a straightforward story with a slight twist to some themes we’ve seen before. It is interesting to see how Krang acquired the suit we see him in now. Henderson does an apt job on art. I’m pretty sure the first battle suit is a small nod to the Krang of the original cartoon. There are some nice touches with the alien planet and some of its inhabitants. Herring’s colors help sell the action and movement, especially in the scenes of Krang in the wilderness.
Bottom Line: The Krang story is a nice introduction to comic readers that may not have caught up on all the latest Turtle adventures. It’s a good short primer for Krang, but it doesn’t explore his origins too in-depth. If you’re a lapsed reader or just a big Krang fan, this one is for you 3/5