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I’m Turtley Cool With This

More-so than other forms of fiction, comics seem to have a real problem developing a continuing narrative. Instead, they are all about the reboot: the same heroes, villains and supporting settings featuring in repeated retellings of the the same handful of stories. It is probably a consequence of the facts that regular updates are expected, fans are often very resistant to developments that pull away from their understanding of what fits and the form is about the art as well as the story.

This can get wearing but I’m finding myself quite intrigued with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles volume I picked up from the library this week. Same characters, similar setting but this one sits quite well with me. In particular, the main characters all have more of a teenage vibe. Graphic novels like to be taken serious but often end up just being disposable comics but this particular reboot, so far, seems to be doing a good job.

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