Review – TMNT #111 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #111 (IDW Publishing) cover A (detail) by Jodi Nishijima
  • Writing - 7.6/10
  • Art - 7/10
  • Overall - 7.4/10

TMNT #111

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: November 11, 2020

Old Hob has sent spies into the Splinter Clan’s home. Leo does not take too kindly to this action and decides to send a message to the Mutanimals.

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“Secret of the Ooze” TMNT #111

Spying on a ninja clan is probably not the smartest idea. Old Hob and the Mutanimals are about to find out why in TMNT #111. Steam starts to build in Mutant Town as Old Hob starts his games again. Why is he so interested in the Splinter Clan, and what information does he want from them? Karai and the new Foot Clan want results from Old Hob and he has not been delivering lately. But Old Hob still has some tricks up his sleeve.


TMNT #111 (IDW Publishing) cover B by Kevin Eastman
TMNT #111 (IDW Publishing) cover B by Kevin Eastman

I have been a little critical of the writing here lately on TMNT, especially the previous issue. Well, TMNT #111 starts to build some steam toward an interesting story. Sophie Campbell did an incredible job on the first few issues after issue #100, but the wheels seemed to be stuck or just spinning, these past few issues. It seems she has gained some traction with this issue.

Campbell details a nice issue that brings up some intriguing plot points going forward. She continues to build a narrative with this current state of TMNT and the world inside of it. It seems now she has a bit more of a grasp of where she wants to go and how she wants to go about it with this issue.

I continue to love Campbell’s dialogue for all the characters. She does genuinely know and understand them and you can see that come through as they are talking. The issue has a nice flow to it and it was nice to have a bit of a story to hang onto. There are some fun things starting to happen in TMNT #111.


I have had my ups and downs with Jodi Nishijima on art. She has a great, clean style. Tight lines and wonderful details. I will not re-hash what I have said in previous reviews. Nishijima is a great artist and all-around does solid work. But something about it just doesn’t quite work for me, for this story.

Technically the art is good; for me, it just does not fit the storytelling in TMNT #111 and the series in general. It is almost just a little too “soft” and clean looking. I would like a little bit more of an edge to the art style. For what is happening in the issue, and the story in general, it just does not work.

I think the brighter coloring palette also hinders the visual storytelling of the issue. Again, I love Ronda Pattison, that has been well documented. The coloring, for me, along with Nishijima’s artwork, just does not seem to have the correct tone and feel for the story.


The story in TMNT #111 starts to pick up some steam, and that final page reveal! All I can say is “go ninja! go ninja! go!”. Campbell has, hopefully, started to find her groove with this issue after a stellar start to her run writing TMNT hit a little lull for me. but TMNT #111 is a definite bright spot. The art, while again, nothing technically wrong with it, is actually great artwork. Just for me, personally, it does not fit the story well and that is the reason for a lower score. This issue does have me excited to read TMNT again and very interested to see what is coming up next for the Splinter Clan.

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