Monday, August 04, 2014
I did not care for some of the coloring choices in this collection, as they are horrible.
The key differences between the two are, first and most immediately apparent if you're just reading this blog post and haven't read either collection, they have different covers.
The IDW collection sports a new, specially-created cover by Michael Dooney (above), whose style doesn't at all look like that of Martin's, while the Mirage cover was painted by A.C. Farley (below), whose style also doesn't look at all like that of Martin's:
The second, and more drastic, difference is that the IDW collection features newly colorized art, by "Digikore Design Limited," and, as was the case with Classics Vol. 1, there are some dubious coloring decisions made. It's a damn shame that Martin didn't get to color these himself, if they had to colorize them at all, given how great his covers for the issues look. This is one of my all-time favorite comic book covers, actually:
As you can see in the above image, Gnatrat wears a costume comprised of two shades of blue.
This is not a hard fact to verify. One need not even be familiar with Gnatrat's own comics to see this. He's wearing the light blue top and darker blue bottom on the cover of The Collected... and of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23's wraparound cover:
Now, how is his costume colored in this volume?
Also, his fur is now the same color as Splinter's fur and, in fact, sort of blends in to his brownish, reddish costume.
The story featuring these two anthropomorphic rats and the four ninja turtles involves a little girl with a time machine, who an alien tricks into going back in time in order to make life on Earth extremely comfortable and easy for the ancestor of homo sapiens, thus altering all of human evolution, so that we lose our instincts toward violence, and Earth is a peaceful paradise full of pacifists (and thus ripe for alien conquest!).
When Gnatrat first appears in the story, it is after the timestream has been so altered, and this former violent vigilante appears under a new identity. There is no crime to fight any more, not really, and so he is now an extreme truant officer known as—
If you said "right," you are obviously not Mr. or Mrs. Digikore Design Limited, as they instead opted for the same colors as Gnatrat's Gnatrat costume:
As egregious as the decisions to mis-color Gnatrat's fur, costume and a Punisher parody costume, it's probably worth noting that he, she or they also mis-color Splinter's white suit coat, which he wears as part of a waiter disguise, a reddish hue as well...