AN MMPR/TMNT II #2 Micro-Review – The Witch in Leather

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MMPR:TMNT II 2, cover, January 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2
AUTHOR: Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Raul Angulo (Colorist), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“Ranger X” is the name of Rita Repulsa’s new brainwashed Power Ranger. That’s a cool name for a Ranger…

Between this book and the storyline in the MMPR ongoing right now, there seems to be an impetus to put Rita in tight leather outfits. What’s the deal with that?

The TMNT and MMPR worlds seem much more integrated in this book. For instance, there’s talk of there being Rangers in Dimension X’s past. The two teams even shout “Power-Bunga!” together. Not sure how I feel about that last one.

Either way, Mora and Angulo make it all look epic.

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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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Toy Chest Theater: Rahzar by tone.toys

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Doesn’t get much more primal than a wolf howling at the moon, does it? Or a mutant wolf, in Rahzar’s case.

Is the animated version of Rahzar in this image from tone.toys somehow less pure than the original version we saw in The Secret of the Ooze? Nah. I’d actually argue this version looks a little more wolf-like than the suit they used in the movie. So it actually works better for the purposes of this shot.

Rahzar, tone.toys

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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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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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A TMNT Saturday Morning Adventures #3 Micro-Review – A Gameboy Cameo!!!

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TMNT Saturday Morning Adventures 3, cover, December 2022, Tim LattieTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #3
AUTHOR: Erik Burnham
ARTISTS:
Tim Lattie, Sarah Myer (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Even more so than what we saw in the previous two issues, this feels like a story they would have done on the old show. Burnham does an excellent job of making this series feel authentic to what we saw back in the ’80s and ’90s.

Early in the issue, we see Michelangelo with a Gameboy. Now that’s retro.

My only complaint is a minor one, and it involves the Turtles’ eyes. Those black pupils are a little big for my taste. Certainly bigger than they were on the show.

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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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Astonishing Art: TMNT by Jonah Karlgren

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We haven’t featured any street art in this space until now. Frankly, this 8-bit style rendering of the TMNT based off the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie poster was too good to pass up. Johan Karlgren brings the image to life, as he has so many others, in his own unique style. (Hat-tip to TMNT_WIZ for the find.)

TMNT Street Art, Johan Karlgren

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