Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 15 Review – Comic Books
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 Review Short Version: We go off on a bit of a tangent in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15, as a new villain is introduced (spoilers): The classic Ninja Turtles villian Spike, who is essentially a monstrous, dimwitted version of the Turtles themselves. Stronger, faster, and meaner. If that was all it was, I don’t think it would be that interesting, but really, the whole thing is about acceptance and how you react when people believe you’re something you’re not.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 Writer: Tom Waltz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 Artist: Andy Kuhn
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 continues Tom Waltz’s very, very good run on TMNT. Seriously, if you are a fan of the Ninja Turtles, I’m not sure any one has done a better job combining nostalgia with modern writing than Waltz. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 we take a break from the big storyline (although it is still clearly on the Turtles’ minds, which is a nice touch that should be there) to introduce **spoilers** Spike as the villain of the piece. Spike, if you don’t know, is essentially a giant, mean, dumb Ninja Turtle. A monstrous version of the Turtles themselves, the worst reflection of how society views them. There’s plenty of action in the issue, as well as a lot fretting by the Turtles regarding their place in society, which makes Spike the perfect villain for the arc: So far as the public is concerned, the Turtles and Spike are one and the same. The fact that I can wax philosophically about a Ninja Turtles comic at all should let you know that this is good stuff. I’ve got a bit of a complaint (spoiler-y) below, if you would like to continue.
There is one scene that took me out of the comic: Spike, at one point, tears a piece of cloth to fashion himself a bandana, similar to the Turtles. I guess he was supposed to be emulating the Turtles, who he had been trained to fight, but I felt like his desire to be like them could have been communicated or foreshadowed a little more. Or maybe not? It’s not a big deal, but it did take me out of the story for a moment. Anyway, a very small complaint regarding a very good comic.