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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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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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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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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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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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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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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