Ugh! Y'know what IDW did? They appear to have gotten the master files for the 2009 Mirage trade! I was flipping through the IDW book again and remembering how the last Mirage trade also looked pixely and printed light for the first four issues, and also how it was missing a lot of tones (e.g., Leo's sword on the two-page title spread of the first issue; note how most of the toning toward the middle of the blade is completely gone), so I did a side-by-side comparison, and sure enough, the two books look identical, same flaws in all the same places—IDW just printed the pages bigger.
I expected more from IDW than to rehash the garbage Mirage were doing. What's next? An IDW Tales of the TMNT Vol. 1 trade which rehashes the same thing that Mirage put out as the Treasury Edition? 'Cos if you hear me bickering and whining now, you should see how awful that book looks, particularly for issue #5 which is so washed out and faded it's inexcusable.
Here I thought IDW would actually do the Turtles justice since Mirage's trades have for the most part been really awful, especially within the last few years of them releasing titles. Super pixelated scans and washed out artwork were the norm of Mirage trades from 2007–2009. And here IDW repackaged it...
Edit: After the first four issues, the IDW collection doesn't look that bad. The pixelation really irritates me, but aside from that they recreate the art properly for the most part. (The last issue, 7, is missing a lot of toning.) But those first three issues, especially the first, are really soft and hazy, not well-defined like they ought to be, and the first issue is missing so many tones it's ridiculous. I'll have to scan the pages just to show you guys HOW much detail is missing.
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