Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33
The Turtles return to New York to find a city in Shredder’s grip. The Turtles will have to use all of their skills and stealth to survive. But is Casey ready for a homecoming welcome from Hun?
The Turtles are back home in New York after taking some time to heal and recoup in Northampton after a massive battle with Shredder. While the fearsome foursome are glad to be back, nobody else is too happy about their arrival. The story for the 33rd issue is from Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz with Waltz handling the script. Mateus Santolouco handles art with Ronda Pattison providing colors and Shawn Lee tackling lettering. The final few issues of the Northampton saga started ramping things back up, but does this month’s entry keep the adrenaline pumping?
The Turtles are back in New York and they’re training for the second round of the battle with Shredder and the NYC criminal underworld they know is coming. Leo is still recovering from being brainwashed, but he’s back to leading the team and whipping everyone into shape. April and Casey are trying to get back into the flow of things as they return to the big city as well. The two have a lot of things they need to talk about, but Casey has some bigger problems when his dad comes looking for him. The Hun has become one of Shredder’s most loyal and capable servants, but now he’s assigned a mission he may not be able to complete. Can the Turtles get back in fighting shape? Will Casey and his dad butt heads again, or will they finally do a little father/son bonding?
Waltz writes a great story. This is a jam-packed issue with several threads running throughout the issue. The real meat of the comic is the scenes between Casey and the Hun, and Waltz runs the gamut of emotion with those. There is some touching stuff, some things that will make you dislike Hun even more, and then there are things that just make for some good action. The Turtles are still a large presence, but the things that have been building up the last several issues are starting to play out in big and unexpected ways. Santolouco’s art is top notch, as always. He draws some very expressive and unique Turtles, and it looks like they may even be beefed up just slightly. There are several great panels that make for some iconic shots of the Turtles looking out over the city. There is one full-page spread that shows what’s going on in the Hun’s mind, and Santolouco pulls off some great art in that particular section. Pattison’s colors are a perfect complement to the art. Things are bright and vibrant while still being able to deliver those darker, dramatic moments in the middle sections of the story.
Bottom Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to be one of those books you have to pay attention to month in and month out. City Fall got a lot of people talking, but what comes next seems to be the main event. 4.5/5
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