Alot of people think Mirage's TMNT is dark. True it has its dark moments, but it's no more darker than Daredevil or Batman. But going back and re-reading Image's TMNT run,it was pretty much the darkest TMNT interpretation. Leo losing a hand, Don getting his shell crushed, Ralph getting hideously scarred and becoming the leader of the foot. Gotta admit, in a time when there where no Ninja Turtles comics or cartoon 96-99, the Image versions was a pretty decent read.