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Ask Chris #289: The Best Of All Possible Turtles

Ask Chris #289, background art by Kevin Eastman

Q: Childhood nostalgia aside who is, once and for all, the best Turtle from TMNT? -- @drawesome86

A: The thing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that, more than almost any other team in comics, they're less of a group and more of a single unit. As much as the four Turtles might have individual personalities and quirks --- and, y'know, favorite colors that make them nice and toyetic --- it's hard to imagine ever really separating them out into four distinct characters that don't have an equal place within that unit. So on one level, asking to pick out the best one is like handing me a slice of pizza and asking if I prefer the cheese, the sauce, the crust or the toppings. It's all one delicious thing.

But on another level, I really like ranking things, so I think we can probably get you an answer. And honestly, I'm pretty sure what you're actually asking here is "Who's better: Michelangelo or Raphael?" because we all know it ain't gonna be Leo or Donnie.

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IDW Reveals Cory Smith’s ‘TMNT’ Cover For Art Appreciation Month

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I'll admit that I'm a sucker for theme covers. Getting a whole month of comics that are all built around a similar aesthetic is always, always fun, and in April, IDW is launching Art Appreciation Month, with covers for all of their titles based on famous works of art.

Here at ComicsAlliance, we're pleased to exclusively reveal Cory Smith's cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has taken Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa and dramatically improved it with the addition of ninja weaponry. It's pretty fantastic, but it does raise a pressing and immediate question: How are you going to do an homage to Leonardo da Vinci and not have it feature the ninja turtle who is actually named Leonardo?

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘TMNT’ (2007), Part Two

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Chris Sims: Welcome back to the final installment of ComicsAlliance's in-depth reviews of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films! This week, we're heading for the end of 2007's TMNT, in which our half-shelled heroes battle against an immortal Patrick Stewart...

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Michael Bay’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie Casts Former Aquaman Alan Ritchson As Raphael

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which is set to be produced by Michael Bay, directed by Wrath of the Titans' Jonathan Liebesman and star Megan Fox (apparently as April O'Neil) has cast its first turtle: Alan Ritchson, who can be seen in this fall's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will portray Raphael, Deadline reports...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘TMNT’ (2007), Part One

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Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to ComicsAlliance's series of in-depth reviews of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films! Today, we're starting in on our final entry, 2007's TMNT.

Matt Wilson: It was only after we started doing these reviews and people began requesting we review this one that I discovered it ties in to the other movies...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’ (1993), Part Two

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Chris Sims: Welcome back to ComicsAlliance's review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, everyone! When we left off last week, the Turtles had solved literally every single problem that the script had presented them with so far...

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Link Ink: Raphael’s Sais Recreated, ‘DrawQuest’ Gaming And More ‘Technovore’

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Weapons: Tony Swatton cooks up some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flavor sais worthy of Raphael.

Statues: Hot Toys will release new 1/4 scale Iron Man 3 busts sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2013...

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Ramon Villalobos’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Cool But Rude [Art]

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As some of you may have noticed, we've been thinking a lot about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lately. I mean, if we're honest here, we think about the TMNT a lot pretty much all the time, but it seems like every time we turn around in the past few weeks, there's something new and awesome going on with the Heroes in a Half Shell...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’ (1993), Part One

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Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to ComicsAlliance's exhaustive (and exhausting) look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, the franchise you chose for us in our last vote. Over the past few weeks, we've been revisiting some fond memories with the first two movies, but this time around, we're heading into uncharted territory with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze’ (1991), Part Two

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Chris Sims: Welcome back to ComicsAlliance's series of in-depth reviews of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films! Today, we're tackling the second half of TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze. When we last left off, I'm pretty sure the secrets had already been revealed (there is ooze, it was made by a company), and Shredder had made his own mutants to battle our heroes...

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