Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29
Recovering from the events of City Fall, the Turtles seek sanctuary in the countryside. They bring with them new questions, tension within the family — and a stowaway! Don’t miss this first issue of the newest TMNT arc, “Northampton”!
City Fall is over, but the battle for Leo’s mind is still raging on. The Turtles have brought their brother back into the fold, but he is still struggling with everything Shredder did to him while he was brainwashed. The new story kicks off in the pages of TMNT #29 by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz. Waltz handles the script with newcomer Ross Campbell providing art. Ronda Pattison tackles colors with Shawn Lee rounding out the cast with lettering. How are things going in the first chapters of a new arc?
April, Casey, the Turtles, and Splinter have decided that the city is no longer safe for them. It has never really been safe to begin with, but after their recent battle with Shredder, the gang really need some time to regroup and heal. April and Casey have decided that the O’Neil family farmhouse is a good place for everyone to lay low. April has brought Casey along to meet the parents since the two Turtle aids are now an item, and the Turtles are introduced to their new home which is really a barn. The Turtles are still very much broken and Leo isn’t adjusting to his life back with his family well. The fragile peace they have cobbled together is shattered when a very familiar face appears deep in the woods. What happens to a family when it’s torn apart? The tension has already boiled over, but what will be the real fallout of City Fall?
Waltz scripts a strong issue. This one serves as an epilogue to City Fall and starts to turn the corner for what’s coming next. While it’s a tense issue, it really serves as a place to catch your breath from the non-stop action of City Fall. A lot of things for what’s coming next are set up and a lot of dirty laundry is aired out. Campbell’s art is a great fit for the countryside settings. He has a more open and fuller character design for the Turtles. Campbell presents some sprawling landscapes and some very warm and inviting abode for our heroes, even though it is a barn way on the periphery of the O’Neil property. The settings are made very vibrant by Pattison’s colors. Things are very warm and inviting with the trees changing color for the fall.
Bottom Line: This is a good turning point for what comes after City Fall. This one lays out a lot of dramatic moments, but it gives you a chance to prepare for what’s next. Shredder changed the Turtles physically, but now they are being challenged mentally by themselves and their family dynamic. 3.5/5
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