Missed last month’s review? Check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #65 here.
You can’t spend as long reading a series as I have without gaining favourites. Writers, artists, characters…it’s going to happen. Without solicitations or any future knowledge spoiling things, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this month’s TMNT adventure has been drawn by one of my favourite artists. As soon as I saw the first page of TMNT #66 I knew I was looking at Sophie Campbell’s work. This immediately set high expectations; expectations that were met and more.
I could go on and on about how beautiful this issue is. Not only is the frozen setting stunning, but how it’s used to interact with the characters constantly impressed me. How different styles (pencil, watercolour) have been used to create different effects. It’s gorgeous. Pattison’s colours seem to be more complimentary to Campbell’s style here, and the marriage of both is what really makes this issue stand out as an artistic high point for me.
‘Beautiful’ doesn’t just refer to the art though.
It’s easy to make the turtles one note. Leo is the leader, Donnie is a nerd, etc etc. But here we see that Raph is more then just a hothead. There is thoughtfulness under there, and seeing him try to open up is just as stunning as the scenery. Like wise Alopex’s vulnerability, mixed with strength and determination is some cracking writing and great to see.
There is a tonne of stuff I’d like to go into with you all, but no spoilers! It’s odd for TMNT to have two one-shots in a row as it usually appears to be going at full pace towards the next big story arc. I appreciate this slightly slower pace to things. First of all it gave us a really fun Christmas issue. But now it’s also given the series time to concentrate on Alopex, Raph, and to a lesser degree Angel, without having to fit them in among other story points. If they can keep them to the quality of these last two issues then please let there be more.
It’s always really cool to see these characters punching and flipping their way out of trouble. But it can be even cooler to see them display real emotion. Moments when art and dialogue come together to make me truly understand how they feel is special and #66 manages it in spades.
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