A TMNT: Saturday Morning Adventures #4 Micro-Review – Microscopic Mousers!

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TMNT Saturday Morning Adventures 4, cover, January 2023, Tim LattieTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #4
AUTHOR: Erik Burnham
ARTISTS:
Tim Lattie, Sarah Myer (Colorist), Nathan Widick (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is the last issue of this Saturday Morning Adventures miniseries. But this has been a lot of fun. I’d definitely be up for more of this.

As the cover indicates, the Turtles go into Splinter’s bloodstream in this issue to fight tiny Mousers. As it turns out, Splinter’s white blood cells look like tiny, pale rats. Who knew?

If you watched the TV show when you were a kid, you can practically hear that old cartoon soundtrack during certain scenes in these issues. That may be the greatest compliment I can bestow upon them.

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A TMNT: The Last Ronin – The Lost Years #1 Micro-Review – Why is This a Good Idea?

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TMNT The Last Ronin 1, variant cover, January 2023, Kevin EastmanTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – The Lost Years #1
AUTHORS: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Si Gallant, Ben Bishop, Eastman, Maria Keane (Inker), Luis Delgado (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Variant cover by Eastman.
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Part of this issue takes place after the events of The Last Ronin, and we see Casey Marie Jones training with who I’ll call the “next-gen” Ninja Turtles.

One thing I found puzzling at the end of The Last Ronin was that it’s never made clear why April and Casey Marie have mutated these four Turtles. Why did they think it was a good idea? Did they just do it because they could? That’s a question I hope we get an answer to, at some point.

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A TMNT #136 Micro-Review – A Game of Thrones Connection?

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TMNT 136, cover, January 2023, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #136
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS: 
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

No Casey Jones in this issue, contrary to what the cover might have you believe. *sigh*

This “Armageddon Game” story is like the TMNT equivalent of Game of Thrones, only there’s no gratuitous sex or violence. And without that, what do we have? Great characters, sure. But we’ve also got a lot of story elements in play at once. And you practically need to read with a notebook to keep it all straight.

Fero Pe continues to impress with the art, though. So at least there’s that.

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An MMPR/TMNT II #1 Micro-Review – A Little Training

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MMPR:TMNT II 1, variant cover, December 2022, Bon BernardoTITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
AUTHOR: Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Raul Angulo (Colorist), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Variant cover by Bon Bernardo. 
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is a beautifully drawn issue. Both in terms of the variant cover (which is a tremendous tribute to the original TMNT #1) by Bon Bernardo, and the interiors by Dan Mora and Raul Angulo.

It’s quite evident that Ryan Parrott has these characters down pat. Case in point: My favorite part of the issue is a quite little training scene with Jason and Leo.

We also see Don and Mike in “human” form. In a cool nice little twist, they’re both black. I don’t know that that’s something the majority of fans would call.

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TMNT: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #2 Micro-Review – The Art of Exposition

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TMNT The Armageddon Game the Alliance 2, cover, December 2022, Roi Mercado, William SoaresTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #2
AUTHORS: Will Robson, Erik Burnham
ARTISTS: 
Robson, Roi Mercado, Andrew Dalhouse (Colorist), William Soares (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer), Neil Uyetake (Letterer). Cover by Mercado & Soares.

RELEASED: December 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of expositing going on here. We start off with a monologue from Casey Jones that goes on for three pages. Then the Punk Frogs exposit fairly heavily. Then for our back-up we have a mostly one-sided dialogue between Casey and Karai that goes over her situation.

In terms of Casey, I found myself wishing they’d found another, quicker way to get that information to us. As for the expositing overall, the scope of this Armageddon Game story is just THAT big that we need to constantly be reminded of what’s going on with everybody….

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A TMNT #135 Micro-Review – Lost in the Woods

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TMNT 135, cover, December 2022, Fero PeTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #135
AUTHOR: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Fero Pe, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This might be the first time in the decade-plus long history of this TMNT comic that I’m not enjoying myself. Which is a shame, as the art by Fero Pe and Ronda Pattison is about as strong as it’s ever been. It just feels like they’re lost in the woods on this “Armageddon Game” story. Between the three books (Armageddon Game and The Alliance being the other two), everything feels very disjointed and convoluted. It’s very uncharacteristic of this book.

And this story is supposed to stretch into the spring? *groans*

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TMNT: The Armageddon Game #3 Micro-Review – Filling Space in Space

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TMNT Armageddon Game 3, cover, December 2022, Ray Anthony HeightTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #3
AUTHOR: Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Vincenzo Federici, Alex Sanchez (Inker), Matt Herms (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer). Variant cover by Ray Anthony Height & Gigi Dutriex.

RELEASED: December 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Jennika looks a little pouty, on that cover doesn’t she? I mean, I know things aren’t really going her way at the moment, but c’mon now.

I still feel lost in the woods with this whole Armageddon Game thing. We’ve got some of our heroes handling business on Earth, and then some of them in space. But what are we doing in space? It feels like all the real potential drama is happening planetside, and we’re filling space in…well, space.

The silver lining? We now have Cudley in the IDWverse. (Google him, kids.)

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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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