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Review – MMPR/TMNT #3 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing)

MMPR/TMNT #3 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) variant cover (detail) by Lee Garbett
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MMPR/TMNT #3

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Simone Di Meo w/assist by Alessio Zonno
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte w/assist by Igor Monti
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: February 5, 2020

The Shredder has taken the power of the Green Power Coin and is now more powerful than he could ever have imagined. Now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers are in even more over their heads, but what is Rita Repulsa thinking about all of this?

 

Big Bads Collide in MMPR/TMNT #3

Big things are happening in MMPR/TMNT #3 and they are all bad for our heroes! Oroku Saki, “The Shredder”, gets used to his newfound power as the Green Power Ranger; he and Rita Repulsa exchange words and a few fisticuffs. As these two evil titans go at each other the TMNT and MMPR crew bond over pizza and come up with a plan to save Tommy from the Foot. But things don’t always go as planned and sometimes you might have to do something wildly different when the circumstances call for it!

Writing

MMPR/TMNT #3 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) main cover by Dan Mora
MMPR/TMNT #3 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) main cover by Dan Mora

MMPR/TMNT #3 continues this wildly fun mini-series! Ryan Parrott delivers some delightful storytelling, bringing these two franchises together and delivering some wonderful interactions between the two. The dialogue between the Power Rangers and the TMNT crew is all you could ever want. Parrott does a good job of homing in on each of these characters and bringing out their personalities in the time we get to spend with them.

Parrott also continues to pace this series well. MMPR/TMNT #3 starts ramping up the problems the teams are going to have to deal with. Not only does the Foot Clan have Tommy; but now Shredder possesses the power of the Green Power Coin and Rita Repusla has joined the fray. So, the teams have well more than their hands full by the conclusion of the issue. 

Parrott also delivers some wonderful cliffhangers. The previous issue left us with the image of “The Green Shredder Ranger”, which is an absolutely beautiful design. Man, I can’t spoil the cliffhanger in this one but fans will be chomping at the bit for issue #4.

Art

The stylized art of Simone Di Meo fits the series perfectly. Visually, it is stunning to look at. The character designs are tremendously well done and I am excited to see different characters pop up. Di Meo catches a great sense of kinetic energy throughout the pages, and it brings about a sense of excitement while reading it. Walter Baiamonte‘s coloring also works tremendously well in catching the flashy visual flair of the series. 

I do have a few hang-ups in MMPR/TMNT #3 about the art from the storytelling perspective, though. From a sequential standpoint, I got lost in a few spots. Or things didn’t make sense from panel to panel. On a few pages, it felt like a panel was missing, or was left out? It kind of jumped from one scene to the next with no explanation of how the characters got there. In one sequence they are jumping into action; the next, their heads are pinned to the floor? There are a few pages that feel like they could have been sequenced or laid out better to make more sense.

That doesn’t totally ruin the reading experience or take away too much from the story, but it did take me out of it for a bit. Like, it had me pause and re-read the scenes a few times to try and figure out what had happened.

Conclusion

MMPR/TMNT #3 continues to deliver just about everything you could ever want from these two franchises meeting. It is just a crazy fun series! Parrott does a sensational job with this mini-series. I knew from his work with Go Go Power Rangers he had a knack for character development and storytelling, and he delivers that in this series. I would love to see him on an ongoing TMNT series to see what else he could bring to them. Though I do have some hang-ups on the visual storytelling of the issue, the overall art is still splendid to look at and I love Simone Di Meo’s style.

 


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