For the first time we’re really seeing why there’s that “Universe” part of the title of this series. TMNT Universe #5 doesn’t even feature a single Turtle – unless you count a drawing on a wall. Instead, we’re thrown between a fight between Hobs and Leatherhead – both showing up to disrupt an illegal dogfight, but each with their own take on what they’re doing.
Hobs seems to want to be some kind of vigilante here. He wants to recruit Leatherhead to be a team that’ll clean up the kinds of humans that would do such a thing. Leatherhead on the other hand has a kind of quiet cool about him. He just wants to be. It’s interesting stuff, though I won’t pretend I miss the Turtles nor the story that the preceding four issues had been telling.
With this issue we’re seeing the conclusion of the first TPB that’ll be collected sometime early next year. So maybe this is a pallet cleanser for what’s to come in #6?