Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 Review

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Posted October 1, 2014 by Adrienne Crean in Comic Books

Written by: Tom Waltz

Art by: Mateus Santolouco

Publisher: IDW

Our favorite turtles are back in action (kind of) in this months issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To be honest, the action is extremely limited in this issue, but Waltz delivers on an emotional level that is expected in a plot line such as this.

We begin with a family friendly introduction of the turtle gang, and Splinter, taking back claim of the story line. Since the boys have been a bit in active (see last months issue #37) it’s very refreshing to hear them banter back and forth, like we haven’t skipped a beat in their lives.

Waltz quickly re introduces the “Smart” Slash, and reminds you of the effects from his psychotropic injection. Surprisingly, his change in intellect is enough to blow any genius’ thought process out of the water. The reason for Slash’s visit is to let Splinter know that Old Hob is in need of him, which brings on a lot of emotional turmoil within the turtle family.

These next few scenes are my favorite in the comic, because it brings out the best with Waltz’s script capabilities. He reminds us that Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Don aren’t just turtles, and that they have feelings and human emotions. There is a dividing line of some being okay with helping Hob, and others not, for very specific and tactical reasons. Let’s not forget we have major problems happening with Shredder, as well as Krang’s seriously demented plans in action.

These scenes were also a favorite of mine because of Santolouco’s attention to detail. Every emotion was equally matched with the appropriate facial expression. The talent behind this reminds you that while reading, you feel like you are sitting on the couch with them having this debate. The feeling of being in this world was also matched with everyday items, such as a coffee thermos left behind on the end table.

Many more important, and plot twisting details happen throughout the entire issue. A few scenes delivered the action that we all crave, but unfortunately it did not full fill the craving I desired left from last month’s issue. I do know that this story line keeps getting deeper and deeper, with emotion, and soon to come surprise. I would like to call this issue “The Calm Before the Storm”.


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Adrienne Crean

Luke Skywalker was my first crush...where does that leave me? Loving comics, sci-fi, video games, anime, and much more!