Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #5

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I’m sad to realize that there’s only one issue left of this excellent mini series. This issue focused on the Mad Hatter trying to mind-control Manhattan. And in it we saw a pair-up between Robin and Michelangelo. There’s a two-page spread in which Mikey and Robin act out the entire opening of Batman: The Animated series and it was awesome. Really nailed the nostalgia big time.

Like I said, I’m going to be bummed when this one ends. I really thought it would make a good ongoing series for 90’s fans. Oh well. The little teaser for next month’s final issue is exciting as it looks like the Scarecrow will be coming back.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #7

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Wow. I did not expect this. This was actually the best issue of the entire TMNT Universe series. And even better is that it seems to be starting an actual new story arch rather than being a stand-alone issue like many of the recent ones have been.

The plot here is heavy. So Donatello figures out how to get Metalhead working again. And he figures it’ll be a nice security feature. Instead it turns out that there’s a ghost in the shell. (Sorry). So what appears to be Donnie’s own soul is still haunting the machine. And it’s tortured and confused. The issue ends with it having a flashback of Donnie being murdered by Rocksteady and then freaking out violently. Basically, the series is now revisiting one of the craziest, most violent, and most divisive stories in the main series. And it’s great.

The artwork is also top notch in this issue. It has a really classic feel to it. So after some weird transitional issues, I can now go back to raving about how great this series is. Awesome!

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4

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Well I’ve been talking for a while now about how fun this series is. And it continues to be so. I don’t know how many issues they have planned, but I’d love to see this turned into an animated series or mini-series or movie or whatever. It would feel like a return to Batman: The Animated Series… plus would have Ninja Turtles. Win-win!

This issue focuses on the Scarecrow and his fear gas. He uses it on most of the city and also on Batman, Leonardo and Raphael. Oh, and meanwhile The Joker has Shredder in a daze with his laughing gas and is planning another attack on the city. And this all culminates in a big clash that has a surprising turn of events.

Keep spitting this one out, IDW. This series is killing the TMNT Universe issues lately.

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #3

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Over the past three issues, this series has turned out to be pretty great. My initial fear that it was “for kids” has now given way to a total appreciation for how it embraces both Batman The Animated Series along with the Ninja Turtles cartoon. Now in fairness, the latter would be sourced from the more recent Nickelodeon show, which I really haven’t watched. But I can at least give credit where credit’s due. This book is just plain fun.

It’s a total treat the way the writers (and artists) have managed to make the mix of the Turtles’ universe along with Batman and all his many foes seem so perfect. Indeed, it’s been a blast to see the introduction of The Joker and Harley and Poison Ivy and now in this issue we get to see a bit of Scarecrow who will apparently be a big part of #4. I totally recommend this series to reads of all ages who have any interest in either property.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #6

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Hmm. Wasn’t really crazy about this issue. I guess I’m kind of confused about what’s going on with this series at all now. The first four issues were a cohesive story, and then it just stopped. Issue #5 was about Hobbe and Leatherhead and didn’t even feature the Turtles at all. So I figured it was just a weird one-off. Now this issue was just about Mikey battling Wyrm (a giant thing made out of a bunch of little worms…) with the help of a police officer he met in the sewer.

So is this a new series or not? I guess it’s just whatever it wants to be for now. Which is alright. But I didn’t love this issue. And I didn’t love the last one. It’s also always jarring to me when a series suddenly switches to a new artist. So there’s that here as well.

So I don’t know… I’d normally recommend this series. But not lately.