Review: Color Classic Raphael #1

IDW has been a great thing for us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans as they’re keeping us on our toes with all the awesome things coming out.  One of my favorite things they’re doing is releasing all of the old Mirage Comics in color.  So far we’ve gotten the first group of Mirage Volume one and today they’re releasing the Raphael #1 Micro Series!  So of course I have to pick it up and see just how this one looks in color.

This is the first time I can think of seeing this issue in color, as they did not even put it in the First Publishing Books.  The issue is about when Raphael meets Casey Jones, and was adapted into an episode of the 4Kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series in 2003.  In this story Raphael is finding that he has a hard time controlling his anger and takes off to cool down, though he meets someone who reminds him of himself.  After a good fight with this guy, they make friends.  A story that introduced one of the most known and loved Ninja Turtle characters.

Now IDW has recently reprinted this story in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection, though standing in it’s original black and white forum with notes from Kevin Eastman about the creation of this comic.  This version though is colored, by the same people who’ve been coloring the other Classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.  Keeping to the same style of work.

I really do enjoy their color work in this issue.  While I don’t have anything to compare it too, I find myself just pulled into the book over all.  I love that they were able to add color without distracting from the story.  When I look at it, I enjoy the new changes but at the same time I still get pulled right into the story and start to read it even though I’ve read this comic a thousand times.  Tom Smith’s Scorpion Studios is doing a great job with keeping the proper feel of the Mirage Turtle comics and I’m thrilled that they’re bringing us the series in color.

I recommend this comic to anyone who has not read the original Mirage Comics yet, since these are something affordable you can find in stores now.  This is a chance to see the original series and enjoy the work that IDW is doing to keep the original Turtles alive.  I also recommend this comic for any collects the books.

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