A TMNT #134 Micro-Review – The Other Mutant Turtles

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TMNT 134, cover, 2022, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #134
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Fero Pe draws a damn good Casey Jones. He draws a damn good TMNTverse as a whole, to be honest.

This issue raises an interesting question. We’ve seen these four imposter Turtles attack Mayor Stockman, right? So how many other mutant Turtles did the big mutagen bomb create? We know about Jennika, obviously. But there could definitely be more. Leo, Don, Raph, and Mike aren’t the only mutant turtles in the world anymore. So what does that mean for them going forward?

Despite the cover, no Krang in this issue. Just sayin’.

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TMNT: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #1 Micro-Review – Karai and the Imposter Turtles

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TMNT Armageddon Game Alliance 1, cover, 2022, Roi MercadoTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #1
AUTHOR: Erik Burnham
ARTISTS:
Roi Mercado, William Soares (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We see the events of this issue from Karai’s perspective. That’s nice to see, as she hasn’t gotten a lot of focus lately. That’s an advantage of this story having such a wide scope.

We also gain a little bit of insight into our four imposter Turtles. We can flat out say they’re imposters at this point, can’t we?

The Foot Clan’s training facility is apparently in Queens. Is that a weird place to put it? Or do I just not know New York City well enough? Maybe Queens is crawling with ninjas…

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A TMNT: Saturday Morning Adventures #2 Micro-Review – Faithful and Fittingly Cartoony

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TMNT Saturday Morning Adventures 2, cover, 2022, Tim LattieTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #2
AUTHOR: Erik Burnham
ARTISTS:
Tim Lattie, Sarah Myer (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue feels even more like an episode of the cartoon than the last one. Which is to say that Burnham, Lattie, and this crew are doing their job well. You know a throwback book like this is working when you can hear the voice actors as you’re reading.

It all feels faithful and fittingly cartoony. We’ve got Shredder and Krang bickering like an old married couple, Raph making bad puns, and a crowd-surfing rock monster! Raph and Mikey even break the fourth wall at one point! Vernon’s facial expressions are also a joy.

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Astonishing Art: TMNT by Shaun Yeo

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m not sure whether cartoonist Shaun Yeo intended to evoke the look of the original black and white TMNT comic books with this piece. But he did, didn’t he?

Granted, he made it his own. If you look at the rest of his portfolio, this looks like a Shaun Yeo piece. But it’s got just enough Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in it to feel like a throwback. And a quality one at that.

TMNT by Shaun Yeo

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Toy Chest Theater: “I Am Here, My Son.”

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As far as toy photography is concerned, those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie figures from NECA are like the gift that keeps on giving.

TMNT, Splinter and Raph, dr mumbles

This image from @dr_mumbles recreates a moment from the film where Splinter is comforting Raphael, telling him, “I am here, my son.” It’s a fine shot in that regard. But what I really dig is how Splinter is lit. He’s cast in white light, which suggests he might be dead. I like that idea of Splinter watching over his son from beyond the realm of the living.

Granted, it also helps that Splinter is dead in the IDW comic books right now. I say “right now” because we know he’ll be back…

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A TMNT #133 Micro-Review – The Long (and Slow) Game

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TMNT 133, cover, 2022, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #133
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has always played the long game, to an extent. For more than a decade now it’s been great about planting storytelling seeds, setting things up for the future, etc. It’s one of the book’s greatest strengths.

But this “Armageddon Game” story is one of the rare occasions that I would accuse the series of going too slow. We’re several issues in, and while we’ve gotten our inciting incident, it feels like the story has stalled. I’m not sure if they’re dragging things out, or if they’re just going at a very, very deliberate pace…

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A TMNT: The Armageddon Game #1 Micro-Review – An Intimidating Scope

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TMNT Armageddon Game 1, variant cover, 2022, Kevin EastmanTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #1
AUTHOR: Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Vincenzo Federici, Matt Herms (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Variant cover by Kevin Eastman.

RELEASED: September 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue makes it apparent how wide the scope of this Armageddon Game story is. It touches every major character (a lot of minor ones too) introduced into IDW’s TMNTverse since the series’ introduction in 2011. Even as someone who’s followed that universe since its inception, the scope of this story is a little intimidating. I get the sense there’s going to be a lot to follow here…

And yet, by the end of this issue things start to get interesting. So I can’t say I won’t be reading along.

I love that Krang/Leatherhead hybrid design, by the way.

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Astonishing Art: TMNT by Richard Chen

TMNT, Richard Chen

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s criminally easy to breeze by this piece by Richard Chen, as it appears to simply be a shot of four teenagers eating at a pizza place. But if you really stop and look at it for a moment…

They’re the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How cool is that?

One of the things I’d love for someone to do with the TMNT someday is figure out how to integrate them into an everyday American high school. Get them hanging around other teenagers to get a better sense of who they might be if they weren’t mutant turtles. What would they be like? What would they do for fun? What would they wear/ This image prompts those kind of intriguing questions, and I love it.

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A TMNT #132 Micro-Review – Into the Fire

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TMNT 132, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #132
AUTHOR: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tunica, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie will recognize, this issue calls back pretty heavily to the campfire scene from that film. We’ve got a very similar scene, complete with lines plucked directly from the movie. And of course, there’s the cover.

Most of it hits me in the feels, as I love TMNT: The Movie. But they might have laid it on a little thick for my taste. In other words, maybe a few too many recycled movie lines. Even with something as great as TMNT: The Movie, its possible to tip your hat too many times.

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TMNT: The Armageddon Game – Opening Moves #2 Micro-Review – Villain Tour

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TMNT Armageddon Game Opening Moves 2, cover, 2022, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – Opening Moves #2
AUTHOR: Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Shredder concludes what I’ll call his “villain tour” in this issue, as we’re apparently preparing to finally get the “Armageddon Game” storyline underway. Is it just me, or have we been waiting on this story to start for a couple of years now?

Fero Pe continues to impress. His work feels a little bit like a throwback to what we saw in the early days of the series from the likes of Dan Duncan and Ben Bates. And of course, Ronda Pattison and Shawn Lee provide great consistency between this issue and the main series.

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