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Review – TMNT #110 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #110 (IDW Publishing) cover A (detail) by Jodi Nishijima
  • Writing - 6/10
    6/10
  • Art - 7/10
    7/10
  • Overall - 6.5/10
    6.5/10

Summary

Story Consulting: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz
Script: Sophie Campbell
Artist: Jodi Nishijima
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 21, 2020

Alopex and Raphael have a night out in Mutant Town, but the date does not go exactly perfectly. Meanwhile, Leo finds out what Old Hob and the Mutanimals are up to.

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Date Night in TMNT #110

Raphael and Alopex go on a much-needed date night in TMNT #110. But when they run into the biker gang “The Road Hogs” the date goes off the rails fast. Can Alopex and Raphael handle the tough-nosed bikers, or will the Road Hogs be too much for them to handle? On the other side of Mutant Town, Leonardo stakes out the Mutanimals’ hideout and figures out what Old Hob is up to.

Writing

TMNT #110 (IDW Publishing) cover B by Kevin Eastman
TMNT #110 (IDW Publishing) cover B by Kevin Eastman

Sophie Campbell continues to script TMNT with Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman on story consulting. Campbell’s writing started off strong with the first 4-5 issues, but has since started to wane for me. It continues to struggle in TMNT #110. There seems to lack some direction with the story. It kinds of seems like we keep just jumping around with no clear direction right now.

I just couldn’t get into the whole Alopex/Raphael biker gang thing going on. It just felt super random and honestly it felt out of place. It didn’t really flow well and it was a struggle for me to get through. The Leo part of the story fared much better and at least kept my interest.

Campbell does continue to excel in the more intimate character moments. They continue to be the best part of the book. The “bigger picture” part of the story seems to be the main struggle.

While I enjoy a good one-shot or two-part story, the past few issues of TMNT have not captured my attention as much as the series used to. It seems now the creative team is struggling with telling engaging stories with this new status quo of IDW’s TMNT universe.

Art

TMNT #110 features the art of Jodi Nishijima. She has gotten the spotlight in these past two issues and I was excited to see her work after the back-up story she did in the Jennika mini-series. I continue to enjoy her detailed character work. She has a very “clean” tight style. 

I do think maybe the coloring is a little too bright. I think this may be the first time I have ever complained about Ronda Pattison‘s work. Not that it is bad, but combined with Nishijima’s style the brighter colorations just feel a tad bit too bold and just give TMNT #110 an odd look, to me.

The action scenes are well done; I like the movement and sense of motion Nishijima adds to the scenes. I am still not of a fan of the more “blocky” character design. The Turtles and other characters are just a little too “big” for my personal liking or aesthetic. But I do enjoy Nishijima’s takes on all the variety of Mutants that inhabit Mutant Town.

Conclusion

These past few issues of TMNT feels like something is missing. TMNT #110 brings that to light as this issue, story-wise, just floundered for me. It seems to be missing the direction and pacing of the past 100 issues. For the first time, it seems IDW’s TMNT series is lost and doesn’t exactly know where it wants to go. I am, again, all for one-shot or two-part stories but at some point the book is going to need to figure out exactly what it is doing.


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