TMNT Micro-Series Issue #5: Splinter

Hello again, fellow TMNT fans!

I know it’s a month late in coming, but between giving birth to GG2.0, and thereby taking care of said helpless infant, I simply haven’t had the time to go to the comic book shop. So, suffice to say that when hubby came home today with a pile consisting of two months worth of comic books, I did as close to a victory dance as I could manage while holding my dozing daughter…especially when I saw not one but three TMNT comic books in the pile.

The reviews for the other two issues will of course be up soon, but before that, I would like to talk about this particular gem.

Think you know everything there is to know about Splinter?

Guess again!

In this newest installment to the “B Plot” of the TMNT reboot, we get a look into Splinter’s mind that we’ve never before seen.

Seriously, think about it…the films, various cartoons as well as the original comic books never really explore Splinter’s psyche. Regardless of his origins, he was always simply Splinter…teacher and adoptive father to the four turtles with wisdom to spare and patience beyond that of a saint.

However, in this issue, we see that there are hidden depths to Splinter that were never even hinted at in previous incarnations of the character. We learn that as Hamato Yoshi, he had a volatile temper as well as deep-seeded anger issues that would put Raph’s to shame.

We also see just how far back the rivalry between Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Saki goes. As a result, we get a chance to see just how strong Splinter’s desire for vengeance against Oroku Saki is for what he did to him and his family. Not only that, but we also get a peek into just how difficult it is for Splinter to control that driving desire even in his reincarnated state.

I personally loved this insight into the character as well as the development that came from it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the story is what really matters to me. I can overlook disliking the artwork of an issue (which was not the case in this instance, by the way) so long as the story is well-written and compelling, and this story did not disappoint me. As with three of the four micro-series issues that came before it, it further added to the plot of the main comic book series as well as expanded upon a much beloved character from my childhood.

Both the story and the artwork are well done, and I give this issue two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Nerd up!

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