Last week, Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1 kicked things off with a lot of convoluted exposition accompanied by an intriguing premise. This week, we finally get things rolling.
Is it good?
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #2 (IDW Publishing)
- Seriously, more time travel discussion?
- I’d pay to see the Bebop and Rocksteady Reunion Band.
- Hey look, it’s the Cretaceous-era Utroms.
- AND PEPPERONI!
- Much as I don’t like Renet, I do like her explanation of alternate dimensions.
- Bebop and Rocksteady arguing with a lawyer. This is what it’s come to.
- Ugh. A car just exploded and I don’t even care.
Is It Good?
Just when you thought the clunky set up was out of the way, Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything #2 wallops us with another heaping helping of time paradox prattering.
Look, I love a good time travel story as much as anyone, but this is ridiculous. Even a serious take on the subject wouldn’t spend this much time halting the narrative to discuss it. And when you try to blend that with in the silly tone of a Bebop and Rocksteady (and Renet) story, it becomes downright excruciating to read. Even the comedy starts to stall— like when the future and past versions of Bebop/Rocksteady argue for two pages about whether they should still be friends or not.
On the plus side, there’s a really cool splash page showing the actual act of time/dimensional travel along with some great dialogue between the Turtles. We also get a very brief return of Pepperoni, the most adorable baby dinosaur ever. The multiple artists on this issue all do a fantastic job, although having so many hands drawing such an uneven story doesn’t help things
But aside from that, I’m not sure how much more I can take. For a series that’s supposed to be fun, Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything has become a chore to read. Maybe things will finally right themselves with issue #3. Otherwise, I might need to build my own time machine and travel back a few weeks to remove this one from my pull list.
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