Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #32
The Turtles thought they’d be safe in Northampton– they were wrong! Surrounded on all sides, the Turtles will have to reunite as a fearsome fighting force. Will their newest ally be their salvation, or doom?
The Turtles have been attacked in the seemingly safe Northampton, and no one is safe this week in the pages of TMNT #32. The story is from Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz with Waltz handling the script. Ross Campbell provides art with Ronda Pattison tackling colors and Shawn Lee rounding things out with lettering. The Northampton saga has been a chance to catch our breath after City Fall, but last issue things started getting a little more hectic. How do things measure up with the Northampton finale?
The Turtles have had some trust issues with Alopex following them out to the countryside, and things were made much worse when a group of assassins led by a big bad hawk named Koya busts into the barn. It’s an all-out battle as all of the turtles, including the troubled Leonardo, fight to save their lives and the lives of Casey, April, and April’s parents up in the big house. Can the reassembled heroes overcome the might of Koya? Will they be able to do it all without blowing their cover?
Waltz writes a dramatic finale for this current arc that is soaked in adrenaline. We get a few things resolved involving April and what she’s been trying to tell her parents, but this is mainly all about Leo and how he’s starting to come back around after Shredder’s brainwashing. He’s trying to be the leader he once was and bring himself back into his familial fold. Campbell’s art has really been the standout for the Northampton saga. The turtles are a little moodier for this entire section of story, but Campbell has presented some very distinctive looking characters and some fantastic handling of facial expression and body language. Things are a little more idyllic setting wise, but the Turtles are a little different than what we’re using to seeing in both a visual and story sense. Campbell has been the perfect artist for this section of story and I hope we see a lot of his Turtles down the road. Pattison’s colors are an even better complement to the art with her color pallet to make things look very beautiful and fall-ish in the countryside.
Bottom Line: We thought this arc was giving us a chance to catch our collective breath after an explosive event, but it turns out the first few issues were just the quiet before the storm. Northampton ends with a bang and the ramifications look like they’re going to play out in a big way next month. 4/5
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