Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #1 takes place after TMNT Annual 2014...but that issue hasn't been released yet, and due to time malfunctions, it's all good. The story is easy to follow, so it's a good jumping on point for new readers, and for current readers and fans, it's a good first issue, and we get a sense of the old school arcade game sequel, "Turtles In Time."
The turtles recently met Renet, a good-natured interdimensional time traveler (in the not-yet released 2014 annual), and this is where the story begins, and this is also how the turtles were sent back in time to a prehistoric age. The story starts off with the turtles running with prehistoric creatures along side them. Raphael wants to fight them, but Leonardo tells him to stop fighting and just keep running. The turtles later find out that the land has been taken over by the Utroms, and in the midst of all the chaos, Raphael gets captured.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello manage to escape the Utroms, but they're not in the clear yet, a giant dinosaur-like creature is chasing them. The three turtles manage to escape by hiding out in a cave. In an instant, Renet appears before them, but she leaves immediately due to complications with her communications with the turtles. Once again, the turtles are left alone in this new strange world.
With all that's been going on, the turtles take one thing at a time, and their next mission is to find and rescue Raphael. Once they find him, they come up with a plan to free him from the clutches of the Utroms, as well as freeing some of the other captured creatures. A transport team shows up and they shoot at the turtles, but the turtles manage to escape them. Later on, in a cave, they talk amongst themselves, have a few laughs, and the next thing...they're transported to another timeline. The story ends here, and the excitement will continue next issue.
Overall, not bad for a first issue, considering it's a four-part mini series. Readers who aren't familiar with the character of Renet may be confused because they won't know much about her, but for fans of the old Mirage series, they'll know her characteristics. Fans of the second arcade game (fourth with the home consoles) will like this series as well. The artwork by Ross Campbell is great for this series because of the facial expressions he gives the characters, and with his animated style, it can be compared to the old school turtles. The colors are very vibrant and this issue looks amazing on an HD tablet with the right brightness setting. I give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #1 a four out of five stars, it's a fun book to read, and the ending will make you want to come back next issue to see what happens to the turtles and Renet. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #1 retails for $3.99 and is available in print and on digital formats.