Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35
Raphael and Michelangelo pay a visit to Old Hob. Turns out the cat’s been busy trying to create new mutants while the Turtles have been away! Will Raph and Mike try to stop him? The choice becomes more difficult when Slash reveals a surprise!
The Turtles are continuing their mission to recruit allies for the impending rematch with Shredder this month in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35. The story is from Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz with Waltz handling the script. Mateus Santolouco handles art with Mike Henderson handling a one-page flashback. Ronda Pattison tackles colors with Shawn Lee rounding things out with lettering. The TMNT monthly has been on an incredible hot streak lately, so does #35 keep it going?
Mikey and Raph are out visiting their buddy Woody to grab a pizza for Slash, and by extension, Old Hob. Raph isn’t too happy they’re going to call on the sometimes villainous cat, but Mikey thinks Hob’s recent help with Shredder means the cat is turning over a new leaf. When the duo arrive at Hob’s, they find the cat has been at play while the Turtles are away. Hob is looking to create his mutant army, and he’s enlisted some unlikely help. Meanwhile, Casey has to deal with Hun after turning down his offer to join up with the gang and Shredder, or die. Casey turned that down, so Hun has decided it’s time for him to die. It’s an all-out battle as Casey tries to take on an entire gang. Will Hob be able to make headway in his quest for mutant supremacy? Will Casey be able to fend off Hun’s latest attack?
Waltz scripts another stellar issue. The page count is fairly evenly divided between Casey’s big fight and Raph/Mikey witnessing Hob’s big breakthrough. There are some shocking twists and turns before the final page comes around and nothing will ever be the same for Slash and Hob again. The TMNT book has been going at a breakneck speed the last few months, but the past two or three issues have started focusing more on one or two things as it begins to build back up to another huge moment. Waltz does a good job with the pinpoint focus on two or three characters or groups. Santolouco’s art is fantastic as always. He has such a great handle of the Turtles and their expansive cast, and the action is always crisp and clear. Hob’s experiment offers up some weird and wacky humor, and Santolouco has a lot of fun with that particular character. Casey’s fight offers up some truly dynamic page and panel layouts as well. Santolouco manages to bring something new to the book each and every month. Once again Pattison’s colors are the perfect complement to the art. Casey’s fight offers up some stunning colors to go along with the panel layout.
Bottom Line: I’ve said it before and I have to say it again- TMNT is one of the most consistently solid and enjoyable books out there. Things are a little more focused now, but we’re building up to something that could be just as massive as City Fall. 4.5/5
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