Missed last month’s review? Check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #74 here.
From my own experience of comics I figure that very few series get beyond issue #50. Even Snyder and Capullo’s Batman only got to 52 before being rebooted.
So for TMNT to get to #75 is a big deal. It’s already the longest TMNT series, so what can you do to celebrate this occasion? A double issue of course!
It very much feels that way too, with TMNT #75 seeming to split pretty evenly into distinct halves. Both are good too, but other than ending an arc on a nice number I’m not sure going big really adds anything else.
Cory Smith, Mateus Santolouco, Chris Johnson & Damian Couceiro all come on-board for art duties. On my first read through I didn’t even notice the changes in style! You could argue that I was just being blind, but between two titles and various mini-series I’ve become used to quickly accepting each artist’s style and getting on with things. It’s all good stuff, and the changes obviously didn’t get in the way of the story!
Thing is, it’s the story that doesn’t quite hit the heights I was expecting. It surprised me for sure, and I couldn’t help but smile as events unfolded, but the bar has been set pretty high for this series and I was left a little deflated. That could be due to the decisions some characters made. I understand them, but they left me very disappointed in those characters. There are positives to be found inside my negatives!
Quick mention that Cory Smith’s ‘Cover A’ for this issue is a stunning piece.
There are some influences from the Nickelodeon TV series here too, which are very much appreciated. If you know that series well I think you might have some idea what’s coming up.
TMNT #75 is a big deal, and it wraps up a story line that has been rumbling on for a long time. It didn’t go how I expected to, which is great, but it also didn’t get me particularly amped for what’s coming. The TMNT universe is ever-growing. As long it keeps in mind who is the focus everything should be OK.
As a writer for Flickering Myth I’m privy to review copies of comics. This review was first and foremost written for them.