Connect with us
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #17 Review

Comic Books

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #17 Review

Zog and Zom discover the secret history of the Triceraton race’s origin, with deadly ramifications for planet Earth!

Have you ever seen a bunch of animorphic Triceratops get angry? Well if not, you about to…

First Read Reactions

  • Nothing puts a damper on your coup/assassination plans like bae showing up to talk some sense into you.
  • You know, for a couple who are both badass warriors, Zom and Zog do an impressive job of talking through their differences in a healthy/constructive manner.
  • Triceraton Fun Fact #1: The species may be ruthless on the battlefield, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a dissenting voice when whoever’s in charge calls for a revolution.
  • Triceraton Fun Fact #2: See statement above about them being badass warriors.
  • Triceraton Fun Fact #3: Despite the aforementioned badass warrior part, they can still write one hell of a farewell letter.
  • Wait…what?

The Verdict

I wanted to like this issue a lot more than I did. The art is good and the story beats with a heart that is equal parts brutal and tragic.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

(Yes, I just said that about something involving dinosaur soldiers. It’s been a rough month, so cut me some slack).

Unfortunately, it also feels very fragmented. There’s a lot left in the space between the panels or completely unsaid. In some cases, like the gorgeously choreographed outpost attack/farewell letter, it works great. Other times, though, it feels like we’re missing some significant chunks of connective narrative tissue.

And speaking of connections, maybe I just missed one, but I don’t understand what caused the major character disappearance/death.

All that said, however, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #17 is still a very solid issue–and a welcome entry in the series’ continued upward trajectory.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #17 Review
Is it good?
Despite some gaps in the narrative, TMNT #17 somehow utilizes dinosaur soldiers to relay a gripping, heartfelt story.
The art is great, particularly during the action sequenced overlayed by the script's very best moments.
Don't let the lumbering dino soldiers fool you--there's some really great character work going on here.
There's some connective tissue from the story and the TMNT mythos in general that is missing.
7.5

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

'Nocterra' #2 cranks the darkness up to full throttle 'Nocterra' #2 cranks the darkness up to full throttle

‘Nocterra’ #2 cranks the darkness up to full throttle

Comic Books

'The Swamp Thing' #2 review: A war of ideas 'The Swamp Thing' #2 review: A war of ideas

‘The Swamp Thing’ #2 review: A war of ideas

Comic Books

Batman 107 cover by Jorge Jimenez Batman 107 cover by Jorge Jimenez

‘Batman’ #107 promises to explore the Unsanity Collective in a classic Batman way

Comic Books

DC Preview: Green Lantern #1 DC Preview: Green Lantern #1

‘Green Lantern’ #1 sets a new course for the corps

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup