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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #9

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I… hated this issue. I hated the art. I hated the story – or mostly lack of one. I hated that it felt weird for the sake of being weird. And I mean, I really hated the art. It has such a weird feel to it. Like a kids’ book, only a disturbing one.

I really don’t mean to be so negative. I love the Ninja Turtles. And I started out loving Universe. I’ve loved some issues. But I’m starting to think that I can’t deal with the unfocused nature of this series. You’ll get a good short story arc, and then a bunch of random issues that just feel so random.

This one is a good example of that. Where are the Turtles? This is Alopex and Angel and they’re just chit-chatting and meandering in the woods and then get “eaten” by a giant toad and then it’s like a big fever dream party that… ugh. I just don’t know. I think I’m all set with Universe for a while. The story in the main series has been so solid lately. I think I’m just much happier with that.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70

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This wraps up the “Desperate Measures” storyline – which would be the Volume 17 trade paperback of this series that started in 2011, if you can believe it. This issue was a solid end to the story that’s been going on the last few issues involving the Mutanimals. I really liked seeing the Turtles and Mutanimals and everyone working together as this new clan.

The ending of the issue was legit. There was a big showdown versus Dark Water and it ended in some rather violent and surprising ways. Good prevailed and yet there’s still no clear closure. This was a victory in battle, not in war. And I continue to enjoy this main TMNT series.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #6

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Well, I’ve been putting off reading this one for a while… because it means the mini-series is over. What a bummer.

This was a great series that meshed Batman: The Animated Series with the recent Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles show. It did a brilliant job of overlapping the two franchises and bringing many, many familiar faces together in one place. I’ll miss it.

This last issue was just really an epilogue. One last battle against the Kraang, and while it wasn’t really all that necessary, it did have some cool stuff going on with Scarecrow, and even brought Nightwing into the comic. It was short but sweet, this one.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Free Comic Book Day 2017

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So this issues serves as a prelude to the “Back To Dimension X” event that’s coming in August. I THINK that it’ll be its own mini-series, but also overlap with the main series. Anyway, this issue serves as a pretty nice little catch-me-up on some of the stuff that’s happened in the series. Mostly by outlining various enemies and some events. And it sets up a reason WHY the Turtles will have to go back to Dimension X. Though ultimately – like most “#0” issues, it isn’t entirely necessary.

It is however a nice treat for fans. And who can really be upset with a free comic, am I right? I will say that the art work was top notch here. So yeah, good stuff but just not really something you exactly need to read.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #68

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Still loving this main TMNT series right now. Maybe more than I have in a while. This picks up where the last left off. The Dark Water agents have the Mutanimals prisoner after brainwashing Slash and having him brutally attack them. A couple of them do make a break for it – including Mondo Gecko and his slowly regenerating tail.

Meanwhile Hobs has come to the Turtles looking for help in rescuing the Mutanimals. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the gang, Dark Water is moving in on them.

I love the Mutanimals inclusion here. And I love how the first four issues of TMNT Universe have now overlapped with what’s happening in the main series. It makes the Universe stuff now feel more like it’s serving the purpose of filling in backstory ahead of time.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67

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Alright so finally getting back to ongoing story, #67 turned out to be pretty insane. First Slash is kidnapped by that same organization (The EDF?) from the early issues of TMNT Universe. He’s then controlled and goes and visits the Mutanimals. What happens next, I was not expecting – a total bloodbath. Like seriously crazy stuff. Mondo Gecko’s tail being pulled off. That’s just the start. It turns pretty brutal.

Meanwhile the Turtles themselves are not connecting. Leo wants to get serious about preparing for an impending attack (considering all the stuff that’s been going on in this series and in Universe); Leo wants to relax; Mikey wants to be a superhero; Donnie wants to work on new experiments. It’s certainly a confusing time to be a Turtles fan.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #8

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Another great issue! This wrapped the whole Mecha-Don fiasco that started in issue #7. And I loved this brief story. The showdown between the Turtles and Mecha-Don – was really great. There was a ton of emotion and some deep ideas about what it is to be human (or turtle…) and the idea of AI self-awareness.

Adam Gorham did a great job with the art. I loved how the emotion of each Turtle just jumped off the page. This is great stuff, and with this short story ending I’m fascinated to see where the Universe series goes next.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #66

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This was pretty much another standalone story, though not as easy to pick up and read if you’re not familiar with the series as #65 was. The whole issue is about Alopex confronting Kitsune in Alaska. Angel and Raph make their way out there to find Alopex and do so right as the showdown reaches its climax. It wasn’t my favorite issue lately, but it had some good parts. I did enjoy the rather heartfelt conversation that Angel and Raph share. And honestly, the final attack by Alopex was pretty damn awesome. Next month the series continues on with the real story, though so I’m looking forward to that.