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Review – TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3
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  • Art - 9/10
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TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3

Writer: Mateus Santolouco
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release: May 15, 2019

Oroku Saki’s destiny lies with awakening the Dragon Warrior, but the Shredder decides not to be anyone’s pawn anymore.


TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3


Oroku Saki has been journeying through the depths of the underworld and making new discoveries about himself. Will Shredder stray from his destiny as the Dragon Warrior? What paths will his new found “self” bring him upon. Oroku Saki’s role within the Pantheon of the gods is revealed in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3. Will the once feared warrior succumbed to his destiny or will he be done being the pawn of much mightier beings and control his own destiny?


TMNT Shredder in Hell #3(IDW Publishing)Mateus Santolouco
TMNT Shredder in Hell #3(IDW Publishing)Mateus Santolouco

Mateus Santolouco does some really interesting things in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3. He has started to build Oroku Saki into a very interesting three-dimensional character. In this issue, I actually started to root for the classic TMNT bad guy! I mean he still isn’t a good person, but Santolouco brings some much-needed heart to the character for this series focusing on him.

It was stressed in my review of issue #2, but if you are not steeped in the IDW’s TMNT lore then you may be pretty lost. I find myself someone that has read everything still struggling a little to hold the thread of the main story. Like, I understand most of what is happening, but the whole reincarnation and different souls thing can be a little confusing. Plus coming out every two months doesn’t help it stay forefront in the memory.

I do love the themes Santolouco plays with throughout TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3. There seems to be a great character progression for Oroku Saki throughout this 5 issue mini-series and I am very interested where this will land the villain known as Shredder. I have an interesting theory that I will keep to myself for now!


Obviously, from any of my reviews of his work I am a huge fan of Mateus Santolouco’s work. He is one of the most underrated artists in comics right now. He is doing some delightful work in this issue. I think I feel a little James Stokoe influence in this issue with some great weird horror type creatures and gruesome attention to detail in some creatures that emerge in a hellish underworld.

I almost do feel like maybe the art or the colors are almost too “clean” for the subject matter in TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3. Sometimes the colors almost feel a little too polished and crisp. I kind of wouldn’t mind a little, rough or “dirty” feel at times to the characters and settings. Not that it is not delightful to look at, but “Hell” looks a little too pretty at times.

Santolouco does tremendous panel work and layouts throughout the issue. I love how he plays with different angles and breaking borders. It leads to a very dynamic and almost animated type feel to the reading experience. You get a fantastic sense of movement and impact throughout each page and panel.


TMNT: Shredder in Hell #3 (of 5) continues to build the ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle nemesis into a new and interesting character. Santolouco has allowed the character of Oroku Saki to grow and “evolve” throughout this mini-series and it has me very interested to see what he has become at the end of his journey through hell.



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