Dreamwave Comics brought us this second volume of their ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ comic book series with “Out of the Shadows” in 2003. It was written by Peter David with artwork by LeSean Thomas and re-released by Titan Books in 2007.
Raphael is feeling lonely, feeling conflicted about how the way of the ninja requires the ninja turtles to be in the shadows. He helps a little girl get her cat out of a tree and in a moment of weakness, reveals himself to her. This sets off a chain of events that Raphael realizes he must fix while speaking with Master Splinter. Meanwhile, Leonardo helps one of April O’Neil’s friends to fend off a gang in his neighborhood, only to discover they are part of a cult. Leo is joined by Michaelangelo, Donotello, and Raph to stop them.
Borrowing visuals, stories, and character designs from the 2003 animated series from 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios, Dreamwave Comics published this series for seven issues before it was canceled when the company went bankrupt. This volume features the final three issues.
It is honestly a shame that Dreamwave Comics went under because they definitely were superior. Their artists and writers truly cared about the franchises they were writing. It is true here as well.
These issues show the consequences of the Ninja Turtles leaving the shadows for glory or even just too be helpful. Both Leo and Raph struggle with their secretive nature, making the story have more depth as opposed to just a bunch of punches.
I honestly wish that this version of the Ninja Turtles could have had their showdown with the Shredder and the Foot Clan because it was clearly made with more care than the current holders of the franchise.
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