Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #6: Hun
As the new leader of the Purple Dragons, the villainous Hun joins the war in City Fall! He’s already making friends in high places and imposing his will on anyone who stands in his way! Hun’s past will devastate the Turtles’ future!
The Micro-Series looking at the villains of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rolls on this month with Hun getting the spotlight. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro-series #6: Hun is written by Mike Costa and Ben Epstein with art by Mike Henderson. Ian Herring tackles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. The Micro-Series has been a great book that has turned into an even better tie-in to the current City Fall storyline. Does this issue keep up the good work?
The story features Arnold Casey Jones, Sr. at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting talking about getting his life back on track. After his son, the Casey Jones we know and love, was attacked and nearly killed in City Fall, Sr. vowed to never drink again. While he vowed to never drink, he didn’t say anything about continuing to be a bad guy. We see a rough outline of Sr.’s life and how he became as best of a family man as he could be. We then see how he’s handled his son’s near death experience since City Fall. Sr. has fallen back in with a bad crowd who are trying to facilitate his return to the Purple Dragons as their leader, Hun. Sr. is at a crossroads but you can probably guess which direction he takes. How does The Hun work his way back to the top? What is his benefactor’s real plans?
Costa and Epstein write a stellar issue. You can tell this one is setting something major up for City Fall. The best thing about both City Fall and the Micro-Series is that they have become perfectly in step, but you don’t have to read one to enjoy the other. When other publishers are making you buy 10 or so books for one storyline, IDW is letting you get two great books you can enjoy separately but will like a lot more together. Costa and Epstein give us a fantastic character piece look at Casey’s dad and how he thinks he’s doing the right thing. Framing it around the AA meeting is an absolutely brilliant device to get the story across. Henderson’s art is just as good as the story. The two versions we see of Sr. in the book looks like two entirely different characters, as they should. You can see the similarities in the face but you have to look closely. Just like Arnold Casey Jones Sr. loses himself as he becomes Hun again, we lose Arnold’s look. Herring’s colors are vibrant but subdued. He uses a lot of blues, purples, and oranges for the flashback scenes while giving the present sections a slightly brighter and fuller look.
Bottom Line: Hun is another flawless entry into both the Micro-Series collection and City Fall. IDW has really upped their TMNT game as of late and given readers something incredibly entertaining and tense. Another piece is moved onto the board with The Hun, and it is handled exceptionally well by Costa and Epstein. 4.5/5