TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES VOLUME 12: VENGEANCE PART 1

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been very good thus far. This is because IDW have worked with Kevin Eastman to stitch together all the various ideas from the franchise to bring the entire thing into a living breathing mythos. In fact, the only thing it doesn’t draw any ideas from is the Michael Bay movie. Which makes sense, as it was rubbish. 

The previous volume of TMNT completed the major plot arc of the entire series, the invasion of Earth by Krang. On the way, we’ve learned that Shredder is kind of immortal, that the Turtles themselves are the reincarnated spirits of long dead ninjas, that demon gods plot to take over the world, and that the streets of New York have pretty weird beasties roaming around in it, including mutant foxes, cyborg fly monsters and a power-armoured kick-ass vigilante. The last book felt like a season finale, with some rather shocking revelations that looked to change the Turtles forever. This meant that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 12: Vengeance Part 1 needed to be a strong season opener.

Fortunately, it is. Some of the nastier consequences of the previous book have been dealt with satisfactorily, though not in a particularly franchise-altering way. Of particular note is the growth of Alopex and Raphael. It makes sense that the two loners would have the most interesting set pieces and it’s nice to see these. The book is slightly disrupted by the addition of a ‘story so far’ strip in the middle (it’s from a Free Comic Book Day giveaway), though it’s also kind of useful; we are onto Volume 12, after all.

The strong themes of family and growing up are continued throughout, and the various character motifs (including Splinter’s constant battle with traps) continue. There’s a real sense of love to this series; from the intricate artwork, to the carefully worked out character development, the amount of work that has gone into what many dismiss as a silly ‘90s gimmick is incredible. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 12: Vengeance Part 1 is a great addition to what is fast becoming the definitive version of the series, and we can’t wait to see Part 2.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES VOLUME 12: VENGEANCE PART 1 / WRITER: TOM WALTZ / ARTIST: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO / PUBLISHER: IDW / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 22ND


 


Suggested Articles:
Melanie is a shy, insecure and put-upon teenager who would most likely have remained that way were i
Since its inception, the superhero genre has explored the role of the outsider, the complex social s
First poor Chris gets laid off work then he comes home to discover his dad, David, borrowed money fr
Since its main series came to an end, Batman 66, the comic book tribute to the much-loved Adam West
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

WRAITHBORN VOLUME 1 27 February 2017

MY SO-CALLED SECRET IDENTITY VOL. 2 26 February 2017

THE BIG COMIC CON 24 February 2017

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

BRETHREN BORN ISSUES 1 & 2 06 February 2017

HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD 03 February 2017

JUDGE DREDD – EVERY EMPIRE FALLS 27 January 2017

LITTLE GIRL BLACK #3 27 January 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
...