Following along the new status quo of the story Sophie Campbell has formulated, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues layering it with a subversion of age-old TMNT tropes. Within the intro of this issue, the Mousers have made a worrisome return. Meanwhile, there appears to be trouble in paradise for the Turtles as they adapt to their new routines within their lives at Mutanttown. The script by Ronda Pattison yields a great narrative pace within the issue that allows the juggling of these now-intrinsic five characters while still managing to add new story elements.
Artist Nelson Daniel offers this great style that serves as a good transition from Sophie Campbell but still shows off his own flair. His line work manages to tread the line between cartoonish and overall fable, allowing for a unique transition in the visuals for this issue especially. Some of the standout pages of this issue are Daniel’s depiction of these tall-tales that certain characters share.
Curtailing the art is some great coloring from Ronda Pattison, whose colors allow for a magnanimous piece of mood. It teeters on the animatic while still consisting to uphold a more serious tone that this series has perfected.
Letterist Shawn Lee does a standout job with the varied depictions of the captions and word balloons within this issue. The dynamic addition of Donatello’s notebook excerpts, along with certain aspects of the dialogue, delve into a synergistic methodology of reading.
This series has a prominent strength in its transitions and delving into the new world that has been established. The team behind TMNT has continued to allow for a prominent tone. While it’s hard to course correct in a series, they manage to continually add pivots that yield into a fun direction that is a necessary getaway from our current mindsets.
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