IDW has been releasing a butt load of TMNT reboot issues and miniseries lately. The one ongoing series to tie them all together is finally here, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe. This series resembles the main series and expands on the emerging threats against mutant life after Shredder’s death. The TMNT gang sends April on a dangerous mission. When things go wrong, the turtles, April, and a new, strange enemy are locked inside a building while surrounded by Earth Protection Force.
Writer Paul Allor writes this issue with a very dark tone but, in true TMNT fashion, there is some humor to balance it out. This humor makes our new villain stand out and reinforces the TMNT’s brotherhood in an argument over whose weapon is best. In the end, though, what is most clear is that the future is going to get dramatic, intense, and darker for the turtles.
Damian Couceiro’s artwork is beautiful. His facial detailing is appropriate for every given situation, and depicts a lot of emotion. In terms of his body work, it doesn’t have as much movement as I would like to see—especially in an action-packed TMNT book—but it tells the story rather well. Ronda Pattison’s colors emphasize the dark tone and strong sense of urgency.
At the end of the issue, we get a backstory about Leonardo called “Inside Out.” In it, Leo thinks he is on a ninja’s trail because the man might be too dumb to notice he is being followed. So, Leo takes action. The ninja he was after, however, isn’t as dumb as Leo thinks. Suddenly, a huge group of them have arrows pointed at the turtle. Leo has to jump before he is killed. Will he survive? Who was shooting at him, and why? Moreover, why was Leo out and about doing TMNT work without any backup? This small story raises a ton of questions, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
TMNT fans are going to love this series; it’s a fun read. However, I doubt it will draw in many new readers with so many other reboots going on. I’m most excited to see what the new villain is like and how they’re going to play into all this madness. We’ll have to keep reading to see what’ll happen!
Written by: Paul Allor
Illustrated by: Damian Couceiro