Originally written for Flickering Myth
Here’s the review for TMNT #31.
“The Turtles thought they’d be safe in Northampton– they were wrong! Surrounded on all sides, the Turtles will have to reunite as a fearsome fighting force. Will their newest ally be their salvation, or doom?
This week I was giving some thought to my continued reviews for TMNT and it’s off-shoots. I thought about how each month I say it’s great and one of the best titles you could pick up. Is the praise getting boring? Should I be tougher on it? I wasn’t sure, but I opened up #32 in a slightly harsher state of mind.
But I’ll have to disappoint you, as this is one of the best single issues of the entire series. Story is of course important,and the usual team of Eastman/Curnow/Waltz once again do a fine job with fitting dialogue and a script that really zips along whilst still managing to hit home with several emotional moments.
However, this issue belongs to Ross Campbell. Emotion, composition, angles, the way the panels come together….I could go on. When he started on this arc I noted how good he is at capturing emotion on faces; well here I thought to myself “he’s upped his game here”. Then I’d turn the page and it happened again! From the joy on Mikey’s face to the determination on Leo’s, this is the Turtles at their best. All of this is heightened by Ronda Pattison’s colours.
Then there is new foe Koya, a falcon and Foot Assassin. Her theatrical dialogue – “I will strangle you with your own entrails!” – is very entertaining, and makes it all the sweeter when she gets smacked in the face. We’ve got quite a few mutants now, but each is so distinct that I don’t feel any fatigue with it yet.