Saturday, December 7, 2013

365 Comics...336: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles (2013)

I really don't know how my daughter came to be so into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  It's not like my wife nor I were ever a fan of the show, and the 11-year-old running around here didn't have much interest in them either.  But upon first seeing the new Nickleodeon show for the first time she immediately latched onto it like she was already a fan and she's become a bit of super-fan (since writing briefly about her fandom in 365 Comics #215, she's become even more infatuated with them, getting some toys but even more enjoying dressing up in her turtle shell and orange mask and swinging her plastic nunchaku around).  I don't think the Turtles pass the Bechdel test (have two girls ever talked to each other on this new show?  I haven't been watching that closely).  Purists loathe the idea (but purists need to get over it... it's a bloody kids show!), but they should really introduce Venus back into the mix (or better yet, find a real female Renaissance painter (rather than subject) to call her.  Artemisia is a pretty badass name (though her story is absolutely brutal).

Anyway, this comic is actually a fumetti or sorts, extracting stills of the animated pilot and turning them into sequential art.  It actually works quite a bit better than direct photo fumetti, but it's still not quite as interesting or engaging as individually composed panels.

I'm not sure the purpose of adapting a movie or TV show to comic book form anymore, since video is so readily available now... unless you're going to go direct from the script (like Django Unchained) or introduce new sequences or insight or a unique take, there's not really a need for such an adaptation... especially one like this where it's just images from the cartoon.  But that's my daughter seems to love it.

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