For all of you who have been living under a rock and don’t already know, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie will be arriving soon on June 3rd of this year. If you haven’t already seen the first TMNT movie, let me give you a word of advice: Don’t go see it. The movie really isn’t really that bad, however Megan Fox’s horrific acting was distracting throughout the whole film. Her bad acting was just so abysmal that it was extremely hard to ignore, although she does provide for nice eye candy in the film. Regardless, the movie surpassed financial expectations, so now they are making a sequel. I’m just crossing my fingers and praying to God that this movie is a gazillion times better than the predecessor.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the upcoming feature, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Something that we can all anticipate are the new characters who are going to make introductions on the silver screen. Let’s see…there’s Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady, Krang, Baxter Stockman, along with Karai, Shredder’s daughter. This provides for quite some speculation opportunities in the comic book markets…after all, this is why you are here reading this article, yes?
One of the main comic books that features the first appearance of Krang, along with Bebop and Rocksteady is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 (Archie Comics), which is currently a book in the teens, if purchased raw. This book features three first appearances. If the upcoming movie should prove to be good, then these books will be in greater demand than where they are now.
Investment Tip: WWE Superstar Sheamus will be playing Rocksteady in the movie…buy this comic book get it CGC SS’ed. Not only would this be fun (meeting Sheamus), but getting his signature on a high-end condition book will pay dividends for your time and money.
The next big comic book, which is a must-have, is Raphael #1 (Mirage Studios). This book introduces Casey Jones, who plays a big part in the TMNT Universe. Stephen Amell, from Arrow, will be playing this character…supposedly April O’Neil’s (played by Megan Fox) love interest. Stephen has been known to travel around with WWE Superstars, appearing in a few WWE stints from time to time. If you are planning to get Sheamus’s autograph for TMNT Adventures #1, chances are that you will also be able to get Stephen Amell’s autograph on Raphael #1 at the same venue. Again CGC SS’ed at a high-end condition will reap rewards for your fun (or hard work, depending on how you look at it).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 is the 1st appearance of Baxter Stockman, who is a main villain of the Turtles. He is the character, who creates Bebop and Rocksteady, and proves to be one of the Turtles’ most formidable arch-nemesis. This book is rare and hard-to-find and comes with a hefty price tag. If you can find copies in pristine or high-grade condition at a reasonable price, then whip out your credit card or cash and purchase these gems because they only come by once in a lifetime.
Our final key issue involves the first appearance of another crucial character in the TMNT Universe, Karai. Karai is Shredder’s daughter, who’s a badass feisty little brat, who will not take no for an answer and frequently wreaks havoc on the Turtles. Her first appearance takes place in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #53 (Mirage Publishing), which is a part of the City At War storyline. If you can get the whole City At War storyline, as a set, in tip-top condition…go for it. The set contains issues TMNT #50 – #62, the very last issues of TMNT under Mirage Publishing.
Again, I really hope this movie does really well not only in the box office, which it most likely will, but I also hope that it does well with the fans and movie-goers on June 3rd. Mark your calendars and get your comic books today! (Watching the movie is optional.)
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