Often criticized by his brothers for his laid back demeanor, Michelangelo’s “all is well” vibe fuels creativity essential to saving lives.
If there is a characteristic that defines Michelangelo, and the three other members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it is their martial arts prowess. However, with much of the attention focused on the battles and fighting abilities of turtles, it’s easy to forget, ignore, or miss their stories. Since they are all with teenagers, these stories are very interesting to read.
In all versions of the comic, Michelangelo is described as the most relaxed, playful and easy-going of the four brothers. He’s the only member of the ‘World’s Most Fearsome Fighting Team’ who’s as comfortable eating pizza and watching movies as he is stomping on a Foot Clan henchman. . In keeping with the type of humorous hero, Michelangelo never misses an opportunity to throw a sage-crack, even in the face of punitive danger. As the team’s resident joker and all-around prankster, he’s often not taken seriously by Master Splinter, his brethren, or even his enemies. But his upbeat and jovial personality belies a creative core in which other turtles would be wise to tap rather than tap.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 17 by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Eric Talbot Readers can finally see the more creative side of Michelangelo with his own manga. Michelangelo’s love for comics is no secret to his fans, and like many serious comic book fans, his interest in the genre led him to give it a try. By writing a tale that would certainly deserve to be published in Shonen jump, it does so with great results.
Readers are initially led to believe that this is a single story focusing solely on Michelangelo. As the story unfolds, readers see that Michelangelo, estranged from his brothers, contemplates his next steps when an old man, his daughter, and his son stumble upon his resting place. It is, in some ways, similar to the 2020 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Last Ronin series, except for the fact that rather than taking place in a future New York City, the setting for this story is feudal Japan. Always the friendly helper, he provides the group with food and a place to warm up by his fire. After a pleasant conversation, the family leaves. As Michelangelo prepares to continue his own journey, a group of soldiers rush past his secluded spot. From the conversation he just had with the family, he guesses that the soldiers are after them, and that there will be blood. Rightly calculating that they need help, Michelangelo decides to delay his own trip in order to lend a hand to the family.
It is only after the family story is resolved that the manga reveals that it is not an alternate story. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles timeline, but rather a story that Michelangelo writes as the turtles recover, in Casey’s country house, from the effects of the Shredder attack on their lair in New York. The story checks all the elements of a classic ninja manga. It also shows that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ own Michelangelo has the creative edge to be a top manga artist.
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