It’s been some time since I’ve read IDW Publishing‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I enjoyed what I’ve read in the past but there’s a lot of comics to read. I missed the recent event which seems to have shaken up a lot of things. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 felt like a good point to see what I’ve been missing. It’s a new start for the series signifying a new story arc. It’s also a decent place for new readers to check out and see what they’ve been missing.
The war is over and there’s been casualties in a few ways. Splinter is dead, thousands have evolved into mutanimals, and the Turtles are secluded, shaken from the experience.
Written by Sophie Campbell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is a solid jumping-on point for new readers. And it’s intriguing enough it might entice them to see what they’ve been missing. The comic shows the aftermath of the seismic events. Parts of New York City have been walled off creating a ghetto for those transformed into mutant/human hybrids. Poverty and threats pervade the territory leaving its citizens scared and hungry. It’s a setting we’ve seen by Campbell delivers enough character depth to get us to feel sympathy for those impacted. It also resonates with issues today and those who are walled off from our society.
The loss resonates throughout the comic. The Turtles are broken and much of the issue is told from Donatello’s perspective. We’re delivered an update as to where things stand making it easy for new readers to catch up.
The art by Campbell is great. With colors by Ronda Pattison and lettering by Shawn Lee, the juxtaposition of where various individuals stand is clear. From the farmhouse of the Turtles to the run down neighborhoods of those walled in, the different situations is hammered through the visuals. The design for those transformed is great too with animal/human hybrids that look as natural as the Turtles themselves. Each has its own personality in design and look.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 is a solid hopping on point and sets up where the series is going for long-time readers. It’s easy to catch up and understand where things stand and there’s more than enough to get you to want to see what you’ve missed.
Story: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell Art: Sophie Campbell Color: Ronda Pattison Letters: Shawn Lee Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell In Shops: Jan 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Welcome to the new world of TMNT! After the cataclysmic events of TMNT #100, the Turtles find New York City drastically changed-new factions and enemies are on the rise, and allies are in short supply. The Turtles discover that in order to survive they will need to work together like never before!
An exciting new era for the TMNT, and the perfect jumping on point! A Turtle story unlike any you’ve seen, written and drawn by TMNT superstar Sophie Campbell!
Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz will be back with even more TMNT in 2020!
(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (A) Peter Laird, Jim Lawson (A/CA) Kevin Eastman In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $29.99
Take a thorough look back at the TMNT’s comic book origins. Plus, insightful annotations from co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with this special collection of Mirage Studios’ issues #48-55 including the start of a major Turtles storyline. Beginning with the two-part “Shades of Gray,” get ready as the multi-part “City at War” explodes onto the comics page! With over 250 pages of mutated martial arts action, along with annotations following each issue, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles’ origins as well as an excellent place for new readers to see where the TMNT phenomenon began.
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Dave Wachter In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $7.99
Things have never been worse for the TMNT and their allies, but there’s still one desperate gambit to try if the family can come together in time. Will it be worth the cost? Over eight years of TMNT storytelling have led to this game-changing moment! Don’t miss it!
February 2020, Clover Press plans to give life to Kevin Eastman’s Totally Twisted Tales! This collection from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will be published in Clover’s proprietary new Graphic Novella format, which is an upgrade to the traditional trade paperback at an inviting price point. This hell-bent-for-leather collection features stories ripped from yesterday’s nastiest headlines!
Kevin Eastman’s Totally Twisted Tales is 96 pages of dark and twisted depravity from the clinically insane minds of Kevin Eastmanand Simon Bisley! The novella features three full-length stories featuring guys, girls, monsters, mutants, superheroes, slackers and lowlifes – as well as one VERY fast rat!
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Dave Wachter In Shops: Oct 30, 2019 SRP: $7.99
City at War, Part 7. New York City descends into chaos after the unthinkable events of the last issue! Bishop is relentless in his pursuit, and a final showdown between Donatello and Metalhead will prove explosive!
This November, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit a pretty big number with issue #100. Announced by IDW at New York Comic Con, you’ll be able to revisit one of 2019’s hottest comic sensations with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 Deluxe Hardcover, featuring the epic conclusion to the “City at War” story arc, rare artwork pulled from behind-the-scenes sketches and hard-to-find cover variants, and even a complete oral history of the entire record-breaking IDW TMNT series, written by Patrick Ehlers.
Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, illustrated by Dave Wachter and Mateus Santolouco, and showcasing a cover by Dave Wachter, this deluxe hardcover (ISBN 978-1-68405-402-3) is a must-have item for Turtle mega-fans!
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Freddie Williams II, Kevin Eastman In Shops: Oct 02, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Krang has steered his Ultra-technodrome into the skies above the new Earth he sought to conquer and rebuild in his own image. He thought the heroes of the worlds he’d conquered were down for the count, but now he faces two sets of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, two Batmen and a whole host of angry heroes looking to save their worlds once and for all. If Krang can’t own the Multiverse, then he will destroy it!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 22 City at War Pt. 1
(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (A) Dave Wachter (A/CA) Michael Dialynas In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $19.99
It’s all been leading up to this! A massive showdown on the streets of NYC!
Everything comes together in this explosive story that sees New York City torn apart by different factions, mutant and human alike! Karai returns to New York and the future of the TMNT, and all of NYC, comes down to a final negotiation between Splinter and Karai. Can they reach an agreement before Bishop’s new plan begins? Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo face a gauntlet of danger unlike anything they have experienced before! Collects issues #90-95 of the ongoing series.