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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #18 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #18 Review

The book may feel too silly/slaptick even for an all-ages book, but it’s still a fun read.

Getting trapped in New York City during an invasion by Ticeratons is bad enough without also getting stuck inside a building…and having to make sure no one sees you.

First Read Reactions

  • Hate to criticize right off the bat, but maybe this isn’t the best time to dismiss children when they say they’ve seen monsters nearby.
  • Mikey’s got a good point about how many folks know who they are.
  • Scooby Gang > Ninja Turtles
  • I’m not sure how four trained ninjas can’t manage to leave one multi-story building, but it does make for some good comedy, at least.
  • Mikey’s plan may be stupid, but it’s all types of entertaining…
  • …and effective, apparently.

The Verdict

Look, I’m all for a light-hearted issue, but this one goes so far away from the tone of the series that it gets a little ridiculous. It’s probably too silly/slapstick even for the Nickelodeon cartoon series. Much as I like seeing Mikey get a win every once in a while, it’s hard to go from the heart wrenching tone of the last arc to a plot with all the subtlety and nuance of a Scooby Doo episode.

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That being said, it is still a fun read, particularly when artist Tyler Boss plays with the page layouts to give us some cool and unique perspectives.

Also, the coda at the end (which features a tragic character who we haven’t seen in a very long time) is incredibly touching and well done.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #18
Is it good?
The book may feel too silly/slaptick even for an all-ages book, but it's still a fun read.
Artist Tyler Boss plays does things with the page layouts that provide some cool and unique perspectives. 
The coda at the end of the issue (featuring a character you may have forgotten) is very nicely done.
Considering the tone of the series thus far, the issue veers sharply from "light-hearted" into ridiculous/slapstick territory.
6
Average

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