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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The Essential Clone Wars: “The Gathering”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

SERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S5:E6 – “The Gathering”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Olivia Hack, Jeff Fischer, Greg Cipes, Georgina Cordova, Dee Bradley Baker
WRITER:
Christian Taylor
DIRECTOR:
Kyle Dunlevy
PREMIERE DATE:
November 3, 2012
SYNOPSIS:
A group of Younglings travel to Ilum for a Jedi rite of passage.

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I was immediately disappointed when I realized the dialogue for Gungi, the young wookiee, consisted of recycled Chewbacca noises. I understand it was probably cheaper than hiring an actor to come in to grunt and growl. But at the same time, they had both Dee Bradley Baker and Tom Kane in the cast for this episode. You’re tellin’ me neither of them could fire off a decent wookiee noise? I don’t buy it.

On the subject of voice actors, I was pleasantly surprised to see Greg Cipes on the credits as the voice of Zatt. Cipes also provided the voice of Michelangelo in Nickelodeon’s 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. When you know its him, and listen intently, you can hear Mikey in Zatt’s voice.

From a writing standpoint, I can appreciate the whole “Gathering” ritual. But part of me does wish it wasn’t centered around lightsabers. The Jedi are more than just superheroes with laser swords, and there’s so much emphasis on lightsabers already. It might have been nice for them to think a little bit outside the box here.

Question: As he’s the head teacher for the Younglings, not to mention the grand master of the Jedi Order, does Yoda have to be present at all these Gathering events? If so, that seems like the kind of thing he should have pawned off on somebody else. Especially during a time of war.

This episode takes on a much different tone when you consider that most, if not all these kids were likely murdered during the events of Revenge of the Sith. Possibly by Darth Vader himself. Kind of a downer, huh?

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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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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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