What a difference an inker makes. Both splashes features pencils by Jim Lawson, from TMNT Vol.2 issue #2 & #3 respectively, but on the left the inks are provided by Jason Temujin Minor, and on the right are by Eric Talbot.
This marks a dramatic change in that volume, giving it the organic feel the TMNT really needs, and had with the first volume.
However, come Vol. 4, when the TMNT returned to Mirage in 2001 and went back to black & white, Lawson’s pencils were initially inked by TMNT co-creator Peter Laird (who also provided the sumptuous tones) and looked ridiculously stunning.