Review – TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 9.5/10
  • Overall - 8.8/10
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Writer: Mateus Santolouco
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2019

Will Oroku Saki find his true calling in the depths of Hell or will he forever wander in the torturous underworld?


“The Hell Song” TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2

When last we left off, Oroku Saki was face to face with “demon” versions of the TMNT brothers. It seems there are quite a few people Shredder has mistreated and killed throughout his “lives”, and now they all want a piece of him! Oroku Saki tries to battle his way past the demons as Hamato Yoshi, aka Splinter, attempts to help guide Shredder to a “truer” path. Some old characters arrive in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2 to guide Oroku Saki in his journey through the underworld. Will he find his true calling or find a different path for his life?


TMNT: Shredder in Hell (IDW Publishing) cover A by Mateus Santolouco
Cover A by Mateus Santolouco

Mateus Santolouco is doing some very interesting things with Shredder in this mini-series. I like that we are getting more into his head and his thoughts and feelings now that he is “dead”. Santolouco brings up some very interesting aspects of his past in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2. If you have not read the TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan mini-series or the TMNT: Micro-Series Shredder issue, then you are definitely going to want to go back and read those to get the full impact of the story. Santolouco plays with the reincarnation aspect of the IDW Shredder character well, as that comes into play in this issue. I also like the whole Dragon Warrior of the Pantheon of “gods” that Shredder may be this as well. Santolouco plays well within the story of teasing several different aspects of each of those.

I loved Santolouco’s dialogue for the “demon” Turtles. He gives them some fantastic lines. He kind of bumps each turtle’s personality up a little and turns the dial over to evil. It is a lot of fun and tones down the seriousness of the issue as well. Any time you quote Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap” you are winning in my book. He not only does well with the Turtles’ dialogue but I love the gravitas he gives to Oroku Saki’s words. Santolouco gives Shredder this authority/command to all the words he speaks.


You can check out any review I have done for Santolouco’s work and see how much I adore his artwork. He is truly a tremendous talent and someone that I feel should get more praise around the comic book community. My gosh, he does some stunning work in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2. There is a superbly done two-page spread in this issue that is just stunning. The composition and details are truly mesmerizing. The fragmented panel layout, and just how he gets so much detail in the smaller panels, is just fantastic!

His characters “movements” are shown so fluidly and when there is an impact or blow it has a sense of something really hitting. He details great emotions from characters’ faces and body language as well. It really adds a lot to his storytelling and the overall comprehension of the story in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2.

Marcelo Costa helps with the coloring work, and while I am not a huge fan of this darker palette, it works for the story. Since the story does take place in Hell everything is washed out in a dark almost greyish tint. There are a lot of orange and red tints throughout the issue. 


You can feel Santolouco coming into his own as a writer in this Shredder in Hell mini-series. He seems to be getting more and more comfortable with these characters. He is also having a lot of fun and adding in some “classic” TMNT lines. Obviously, I love Santolouco’s art and he continues to deliver some beautiful pages in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #2. I can’t imagine any fan of IDW’s TMNT series missing out on this mini-series. The first issue actually sold out at my local comic shop and had to be re-ordered! This, like the first issue, is a great read and another great in-depth look into the character of Oroku Saki, the Shredder. 

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