Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Review Short Version: Here’s the real short version of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 review: If you are at all fond of the Ninja Turtles, or the idea of the Ninja Turtles, and would like to see the idea executed as well as it can be, you should really be reading Tom Waltz’s run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As seen in this issue, the characters are deep (Splinter is given a lot of very nice development here, as is Rafael) and the book uses familiar TMNT tropes (Neutrinos, Krang, Baxter Stockman) and puts them all in new, and more interesting, places in the story.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Story: Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Writer: Tom Waltz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Artist: Andy Kuhn
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Colors: Rhonda Pattison
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 from IDW Publishing finds Splinter and Rafael confronting Casey Jones’ father, who has been beating up Casey. (Spoilers here, folks) Splinter confronts Rafael as to what Splinter should do about Casey’s father: take the easy way, and end things right then, or try to find a different solution. It provides some nice character depth for Splinter, but also gives Rafael a chance to be a little more than a hothead. We also check back in with Krang, who explains why he is on Earth and what his plans are, which is interrupted by an invasion of Neutrinos (who are still a little goofy, but not quite as ridiculous as they used to be, so a nice balance). A nice dichtomy is set up with Splinter explained in the first part with his realistic understanding of how they will have to deal with Shredder, who – unbeknowst to the Turtles – has decided who should be his rightful heir, which should make for some fun issues going forward.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 is one of the best issues of this run so far, showing Waltz’s ability to take many of the old ideas that you remember and make them make sense in a modern comic book without completely ruining what you remember from your childhood. These Ninja Turtles are edgier, but they are grimdark. Things get serious sometimes, but the book still has a sense of humor. It’s a nice balance of old characters and new ideas that makes this a really recommendable book.
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