This is what started it all; this issue tells the origin story of the heroes in a half shell, Splinter and their most popular nemesis, Shredder. Some might be surprised that this franchise wasn't for the kiddies at first. Right in the opening sequence we see that the Turtles get full use of their deadly weapons, showing no mercy on thugs in the Big Apple. From the battle on the first pages to the rooftop showdown with the Shredder, we're treated to some bloody and brutal encounters. In spite of how dark the world is, you can't help but have a smile on you're face as you read through this classic first issue.
If you even remotely consider yourself a Turtles fan, I highly recommend picking this up.