10/29/2012 12:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Are Some of the Most Powerful, Beautiful, Greatest Single Images in Comics?

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By Justin Freeman, Former Police Officer

Mine is a single panel - for me, the ultimate realization of a concept:

Joe Madureira's take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This, for me, is the epitome of what the TMNT were always supposed to be - if you go back to the beginning, the series, while somewhat of a parody [1], is gritty and dark. I mean, for crying out loud, they decapitate and cremate Shredder in one of the early issues. So while I consumed this in the late 80's, not knowing any better:

Somehow, now knowing the backstory and early history makes this image not compute anymore. I've thought for years how cool it would be to have a gory, live action film noir version of the Turtles - think TMNT meets Sin City meets Dark Knight meets Watchmen. Something where the Foot aren't just cannon (ahem, nunchuck) fodder, where Shredder's mysticism of yesteryear gets teased out, where his crime syndicate isn't populated by stooges. And then...

And then I read a snippet about a live action TMNT reboot in 2013. I thought, "Green skinned glory! Somebody in Hollywood matriculated my desires into their consciousness across the ether of the cosmos!" But then, there was crestfallenness. Why? Two words: Michael Bay. Great. Oh, and plus also, they're changing the canon so they're aliens instead of mutants. Even better. Bay, I swear, if you gank this up into a bomb and make it so that nobody touches the franchise for yet another twenty years, I will find you.

At this point, I'm setting the bar low - I'm just assuming it'll be the 1990 version, but with more explosions and April O'Neil sporting Daisy Dukes for no good reason. Please, guys - take a page, literally, from Joe Mad. This is what the Turtles should look like. Make it so.


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