Comic Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 11 from @IDWPublishing
|The turtles fall in intimidating
fashion on the cover to TMNT #11.
I am generally skeptical of anything Ninja Turtles related. I came to the franchise, like man, through the cartoon and toys in the late 80’s and only discovered the comics much, much later. I have come to recognize so much of my love of the Turtles was a byproduct of the age I was when I saw it (six or so). Still, I wanted to check out issue 11 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz and the art is done by Dan Duncan.
We pick up the issue with Splinter in the middle of a fight for his life and the story never really slows down from there. I’m going to be honest, I had a whole lot of fun reading this issue. The writing is very Ninja Turtle-y, including Michelangelo telling a pizza to “Wait for me here, baby.” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an action comic first and foremost. The story is fun, but it is pretty light and – at least for this issue – characters mostly move from place to place to get from fight scene to fight scene. The issue is pretty light on story all around and mostly serves as a lead up for the confrontation that is coming next issue.
The art is good, with Duncan handling the facial expressions very well. I really think that the faces are very nicely expressive and think his bold-lined style fits the series well. My only qualm with the book is that I don’t feel like Duncan’s art captures impact very well in this issue. On missed hits, Duncan does a good job of capturing motion, but on the hits, the characters appear to be largely stationary, which took me out of the action somewhat.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 11 is an action-heavy book that appears to be leading up to an even more epic conflict in the next issue (I hope!). The writing is good, the characters are more or less how you remember them, and the issue moves quickly. It’s a fun read that is detracted a little by the fact that the action lacks some gravitas due to the hits in the action scenes lacking impact. You can check out a preview of the book from IDW. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 11 is available now both in real comic form and digitally for $3.99.