Astonishing Art: TMNT by Adam Michaels

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Yep. This is pretty much childhood right here. Adam Michaels captures the simple yet iconic original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures with watercolors.

TMNT figures, Adam Michaels

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A TMNT #128 Micro-Review – Coming Full Circle

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TMNT 128, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tucina, Campbell, Patricio Delpeche (Inker), Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In adapting Venus from the old Next Mutation TV show, they’ve taken a sort of telepathic Frankenstein’s monster approach (as one can see from the cover). I dig it, as I think it beats straight up plucking her from the show as she was.

Sophie Campbell draws a scene on the astral plane in this issue, which brought me back to the “Northampton” story arc from about 100 issues ago. So in a sense, this issue brought her full circle.

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TMNT #2937 | Comic Book Transmissions

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The latest installment of my YouTube series, “Comic Book Transmissions,” went live recently. It continues my coverage of IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book, this time with issues #29-37.

This is the fourth installment of “Comic Book Transmissions.” For reference, the first episode is attached below…

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A TMNT #125 Micro-Review – Going Punk

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TMNT 125, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #125
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tunica, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: January 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I feel a little bad. I had actually forgotten all about the Punk Frogs, and their place in TMNT lore. But low and behold, here they are looking more punk than ever.

I’m such a stickler about the way the Turtles are drawn. Specifically how their heads and faces are structured. That being said, I’m a fan of how Pablo Tunica draws them. Here’s hoping he sticks around for awhile.

There’s a nice, subtle reference to the 1990 film in here. I caught that. I see you, Sophie Campbell…

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A TMNT #123 Micro-Review – A Leader and a Loner

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TMNT 123, cover, 2021, Jodi NishijimaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #123
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS: Jodi Nishijima, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 1, 2021

I like the idea of an underground fight club in Mutant Town. But what I like even more is this issue’s painting of Leo as someone without a social group to belong to. It feels very true to the character. It makes sense that he’d, to an extent, become a loner after Splinter’s death.

Apparently, this is going to be Jodi Nishijima’s last issue for awhile. I’m sad to hear that, as her style really suits the Turtles.

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A TMNT Annual 2021 Review – The Game Begins

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TMNT Annual 2021, cover, Casey MaloneyTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2021
AUTHOR: Tom Waltz
ARTISTS: Casey Maloney, Maria Keane (Inker), Luis Delgado (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: July 28, 2021

Grab a sandwich with this one, boys and girls. As is often the case when TMNT divulges into heavy dialogue scenes, this sucker is dense. Dense and, unfortunately, uncharacteristically boring. It’s the Rat King making the rounds and talking to the fellow immortal siblings. That’s just about all there is to it.

I’m sure the “Armageddon Game” story this is setting us up for will be good. But this wasn’t exactly a thrilling way to lead into it.

On the plus side? A lot of really creative visuals.

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A TMNT #119 Micro-Review – Ninja…Tykes?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 119, Nelson Daniel, cover, 2021TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS: Nelson Daniel, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: July 14, 2021

There’s a fairly dramatic tone shift in the middle of this issue. We go from who I’ll call the Ninja Tykes, four cute little kid mutants imitating the Turtles, to what appears to be an attempted murder. Not saying it’s good or bad. It’s just sudden.

Herman the Hermit Crab makes his return in this issue. I must confess, I missed him. Now if only Pidgeon Pete were around…

This series continues to do things outside the TMNT “comfort zone.” This time, it’s the Turtles taking out multiple snipers as they attempt to take out a would-be politician.

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A TMNT #118 Micro-Review – Shredder? Is That You?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TMNT 118, cover, 2021, Nelson DanielTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #118
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS: Nelson Daniel, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: June 23, 2021

So wait…is this the Shredder we know? Or is it the Shredder from adult Lita’s bright alternate future? I’m thinking it must be the latter, as we see the two know each other.

There’s a pretty cool sequence in this issue involving April O’Neil, an “associate” of Baxter Stockman’s, and a pair of mutant eels. It’s surprisingly violent. Amidst all the mutant characters that are now in TMNT, it’s easy for April to get lost in the shuffle. So it’s nice to see her get the spotlight here.

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A TMNT #117 Micro-Review – A Battle of the Bands…or Not?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #117
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS: Campbell, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Pride month variant cover by Eastman.
RELEASED: June 9, 2021

TMNT has been building to a battle of the bands for the last several issues. In this issue it looks like we’re finally going to get it…only for them to call it off at the last minute.

Normally I’m not a big fan of musical performances in comics. Obviously they don’t really lend themselves to the medium. But I was willing to give TMNT the benefit of the doubt, to the point where I’m actually disappointed they didn’t go through with it. They might have actually been able to turn in something fun!

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