Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30
The Turtles struggle to recuperate in Northampton. Each Turtle deals with the new status quo in his own way, and each feels lost. But can they find their way to being a family again as the past haunts them?
The Turtles are still trying to recoup after the earth-shattering events of City Fall. Their trip to Northampton isn’t all relaxing and rebuilding though. The story is written by Tom Waltz with art by Ross Campbell. Ronda Pattison handles colors with Shawn Lee rounding things out with lettering. The first chapter of the new story gave everyone room to breathe, but how do things get going in the second chapter?
Leo is still trying to figure out if he is really where he belongs. Shredder’s brainwashing really did a number on the eldest Turtle and he’s not even sure if he can trust his family. He dreams of his mother, who is trying to guide her child in the right direction. She can point him to the correct path but she can’t make him walk. Meanwhile Donnie is trying to make headway on the Technodrome issue while Raph is keeping a close eye on Alopex. Mikey is writing a letter to his friend Woody, but he’s also working on a plan to bring the family back together. Can the Turtles repair the damage Shredder did? With the family completely broken, some literally, has Shredder finally claimed victory?
Waltz writes a solid issue. This new TMNT chapter is heavily character driven and emotional. Waltz takes this broken family and strips the team back down to basics. There’s some heavy lifting being done as characters are being molded and moved into new positions. You can also see signs of what’s to come if you look on the outskirts of the story. Campbell’s art is nothing short of spectacular. The Turtles look more expressive with their larger, rounder faces and bodies. The background work really plays up the New England setting with the dark and ominous feeling wooded areas in which the Turtles are hiding. Pattison’s colors are a perfect complement to Campbell’s art. It’s mostly bright and vibrant, but the dark outdoor settings really set the mood. Campbell and Pattison are in perfect sync for the dream sequences as well. Those are truly the book’s highlights.
Bottom Line: The new chapter of the TMNT saga gives everyone room to breathe and try to recover. There’s a lot of dramatic character moments and psychological action, but neither the Turtles nor the reader is ready for another gigantic knock-down-drag-out fight just yet. It is coming though. 4/5