The TMNT/Atheism Question

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1987 cartoonBy Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In truth, I don’t often meet new people these days. But when I do, I tend to ask the gag get-to-know-you question: “Which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is most likely an atheist?”

I stole this question out of the back of a Saga issue. Brian K. Vaughan was conducting a jokey reader survey.

Then yesterday, I found out there IS a wrong answer…

“I’ve never seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

FAIL.

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A TMNT #131 Micro-Review – A Lone Voice of Reason

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TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #131
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tunica, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s only one person among the Splinter Clan (i.e. the Turtles and their extended family) that puts up a fight about aligning with Shredder. And frankly, they’re right. Why do the Turtles align themselves with Shredder so readily? This guy was their worst enemy at one point. What gives?

This story is tying back to City Fall in a big way. Fans that have jumped on since that event might be a little lost. But for those of us who’ve been around since issue #1, it’s pretty cool.

Pablo Tunica and Ronda Pattison continue to do awesome work together.

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Toy Chest Theater: TMNT in Black and White

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in a black and white comic book. So they’re perfectly at home in such a cinematic setting.

What’s more, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s TMNT originally all had red bandanas, as we saw on the color covers. So this image from Choi June is that much more authentic as a result of the red accent, which is a little reminiscent of Schindler’s List or Sin City.

TMNT Black and White by Choi June

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A TMNT: The Armageddon Game – Opening Moves #1 Micro-Review – Exposition, Background, and References

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TMNT The Armageddon Game Opening Moves 1, cover, 2022, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – Opening Moves #1
AUTHOR: Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Opening Moves is full of exposition and background, and we don’t see much of the Turtles themselves. But if you can get past that, it’s a nice primer for things to come in the TMNT series proper. Longtime readers should be particularly happy, as there are a number of callbacks and references.

Fero Pe is welcome back to the TMNT-verse any time, as far as I’m concerned. He’s quite adept at drawing both mutant and human characters, and making them look like they all come from the same universe.

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A TMNT #130 Micro-Review – Falling Action and Groundwork

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TMNT 130, cover, 2022, John YurcabaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #130
AUTHOR: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tunica, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Cover by John Yurcaba.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue gives us the falling action and conclusion to the story arc with the Punk Frogs, Dr. Barlow, Venus, etc. It’s not a thrilling read in that sense. But there’s some groundwork laid for future stories.

Pablo Tunica and Ronda Pattison continue to do great things with Venus’ IDWverse look. I realized as I was reading this issue that it’s a little reminiscent of Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. She’s definitely distinct among the other Turtles, which is important.

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A TMNT #129 Micro-Review – Hovering Near Horror

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TMNT 129, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #129
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Tony Gregori, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Cover by Pablo Tunica.

RELEASED: May 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover, while very well done, isn’t indicative of what’s in this issue. If it were my choice, I’d have depicted a fight between the Turtles and the Punk Frogs.

Raph and Casey Jones get into a scuffle here that’s very well written, and true to both characters.

I like the detail Tony Gregori puts into Dr. Barlow and his mutant creations. He’s not going for a horror vibe, necessarily. But he’s not far removed from it.

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A TMNT #128 Micro-Review – Coming Full Circle

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TMNT 128, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tucina, Campbell, Patricio Delpeche (Inker), Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In adapting Venus from the old Next Mutation TV show, they’ve taken a sort of telepathic Frankenstein’s monster approach (as one can see from the cover). I dig it, as I think it beats straight up plucking her from the show as she was.

Sophie Campbell draws a scene on the astral plane in this issue, which brought me back to the “Northampton” story arc from about 100 issues ago. So in a sense, this issue brought her full circle.

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TMNT #2937 | Comic Book Transmissions

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The latest installment of my YouTube series, “Comic Book Transmissions,” went live recently. It continues my coverage of IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book, this time with issues #29-37.

This is the fourth installment of “Comic Book Transmissions.” For reference, the first episode is attached below…

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