The TMNT are back and are getting a new origin in this new take on the green machines. In this issue we start off with a battle between Splinter, three out of four turtles; Mikey, Leo, and Don between an old nemiesis named Old Hob, who happens to be a mutated alley cat. Raph is out alone walking the streets and digging through trash cans when he hears a struggle between a father and son, he busts threw the door to help out the teenager.
We also get a glimpse into the past, where we find out that April O’Neil is a student and is currently interning for Baxter Stockman’s research company. It is there that April is introduced to pre-mutated turtles and splinter. She gives the turtles each their names, while Splinter had already had his name.
This issue featured several different variant covers.
Cover A: Dan Duncan (1:1:1:1 ratio with covers B, C & D)
Cover B: Dan Duncan (1:1:1:1 ratio with covers A, C & D)
Cover C: Dan Duncan (1:1:1:1 ratio with covers A, B, & D)
Cover D: Dan Duncan (1:1:1:1 ratio with covers A, B, & C)
Variant Cover E: Kevin Eastman (1:10 ratio)
Cover F: Dan Duncan (Gatefold 1:20 ratio)
Variant Cover G: Sam Keith (1:25 ratio)
Variant Cover H: Exclusive Kevin Eastman Sketch Cover (1:50 ratio)
Cover I: Exclusive Hastings Cover (Retailer Exclusive)
Cover J: Exclusive Jetpack Cover (Order from Jetpack Comics)
Cover K: Exclusive NECRA (New England Comic Retailers Alliance) Cover
Cover L: Exclusive Detroit Fan Fare 2011 Cover
Kevin Eastman Second Printing Cover
Kevin Eastman Third Printing Cover
Jetpack Comics Orange Variant Error Cover (This error occured
First Printing: August, 2011
Kevin Eastman Layouts (click to enlarge)