Hang on there! Easy, pal! I'm sure that IDW is doing the franchise justice...they've appeal to a wide range of folks. I've only read comics based on Nick's TV show and I did like them, but of course I need to see the show to witness this myself. You're right is saying that the Fred Wolf version IS watered down and I even liked the 2005 version better because it was darker and edgier. No, I'm not delusional, I made a stupid assumption only based on a few comic books instead of watching the show.
Nice work! This is why I wished that someone other than Nickelodeon bought the franchise. This isn't timely, but Usagi Yojimbo appeared as a guest star in the old ninja turtle cartoons making this rather appropriate. Speaking of which, I like his eyes.
Oh, so you're one of those nostalgia-blind casuals who can't find flaw with what's come before, eh? If you don't think the Fred Wolf cartoon series watered down the TMNT beyond repair, then you're delusional. The turtles' reputation as a darker comic has never been well known in the public eye, and thanks to the old 'toon, probably never will. If you had actually given any new TMNT media an honest shot, you'd know that the current animated series is easily the most violent and horror influenced to date, and it pays homage to other universes in every single episode, even going so far as to adapt fight scenes from the first issue panel for panel. The new IDW comics also make tribute to prior versions, and feature both philosophical/spiritual content and high octane ninjutsu action. Watered down MY ASS.