Comic Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2


  • Story: Paul Allor, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
  • Script: Tom Waltz
  • Art: Damian Couceiro, Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Colors: Ronda Pattison, Tomi Varga
  • Letters: Chris Mowry
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Release Date: October 5, 2016 

      We are back in action in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2, IDW’s new ongoing TMNT Universe book that focuses more on side stories and characters than the main Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2 Story:

The main story written by Paul Allor continues with our heroes in a half shell trapped with seemingly no way out. Donnie is still knocked out and we have a new murderous scorpion mutant running around so tension is running a bit high! Paul Allor is an exceptional writer that does a great job juggling many different characters. He gives each individual a unique voice that you can hear in your head, the dialogue fits perfectly with each character. I was a bit worried about a new TMNT ongoing series. The main series is excellent and to branch off into another book and involving not only side characters but also introducing new characters can be tough to handle, but with a writer like Allor at the helm, there is no need to worry. Allor gives every character a chance to shine and to develop (if you haven’t already go read the Mutanimals series to see how well he develops characters). The story flows nicely from outside the building of the characters attempting to capture/ kill the mutant’s to inside the building we were get some uneasy alliances that will be interesting to see how they play out in the future. TMNT Universe #2 continues with a great story line, that will keep you turning the page and wanting more.

The back up story written by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz continues to follows Leonardo battling the foot clan and no he seems to have run into some nightmare Utroms or something? I don’t really know what’s going on with the back up story but it’s a nice change of pace but does not really add or take away from anything.

TMNT Universe #2 coverThe Art: 

   The main story features art by Damian Couceiro and colors by Ronda Pattison. Couceiro’s art reminds me a little bit of Andy Kuhn‘s art style, he fits very nicely with the tone of this book. Couceiro does an excellent job with facial expressions and body posture to match what the characters are saying and to match the situations they are in. He is very good at displaying emotion and movement in dramatic scenes as well as fight scenes. While his style is not incredibly detailed he does a great job of conveying the story even if words where not present. What can I say about Ronda Pattison that I did not say in my previous review of TMNT #62 is that she is one of the best colorist in comics right now!

The art in the back up story is by Bill Sienkiewicz with layouts by Kevin Eastman and colors by Tomi Varga. This is definitely an abrupt change from the main story art. With a more “rough” styling and overall dark tone it automatically visually pulls you into a different story. Old school TMNT fans will see Kevin Eastman’s influence right off the bat and Sienkiewicz’s dynamic styling pairs very well with it. The colors are dark and moody and matches the story perfectly.


   If you where worried that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe would fall short of the main ongoing  series than this issue should put that to rest. This is a fantastic issue that has great character moments, a strong story and will have readers clamoring for more. IDW’s continues to put stellar talent on their TMNT books and this is a series any fan should not miss!

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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