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: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #3 – A One-Two Punch

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TMNT The Armageddon Game The Alliance 3, cover, January 2023, Roi MercadoTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #3
AUTHORS: Juni Ba, Erik Burnham
ARTISTS: 
Ba, Roi Mercado, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), William Soares (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer). Cover by Mercado.
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is far and away the best issue to come out of this Armageddon Game storyline yet. Juni Ba’s writing and art on the main story (along with Ronda Pattison’s colors) are a tremendous change of pace, delivering a great character story for Alopex. Then Burnham and Mercado’s back-up makes for a great one-two punch.

Mind you, I’m still not enthralled with Armageddon Game as a whole. But this the first issue from the storyline that I’ve enjoyed from start to finish.

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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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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 #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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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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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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