Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10 Review

Before getting started, let's just take a minute or two to appreciate how stunning this cover is.  Artist Dan Duncan has quite possibly created one of the most bad-ass pictures of Shredder I have ever seen.  This is absolutely poster worthy.  But, is the inside of the issue as appealing as the cover?  Thankfully, the answer is yes.

The Foot Clan has master Splinter and the Turtles (along with Casey and April) have been searching all over the city for their furry friend.  While the Turtles have a verbal melee over how to approach the situation and who they think is behind the scheme, Splinter is forced to fight for his life.  Meanwhile in another part of the Big Apple, the mutant Hob is getting his ear chewed off by scientist Baxter Stockman.  Hob was supposed to keep Splinter in captivity, but a little group of ninjas changed that situation.  Now Hob's failure reflects poorly on Stockman because he assured the powerful alien General Krang that Splinter would be there.  Poor Krang just wants an army of super soldiers but nothing seems to be going his way.

I've said it once and I'll say it again; this is a must read title if you're even remotely a fan of the franchise. Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman (yup, the co-founder of the heroes in a half shell) have managed to hit a virtually perfect tone for this series.  It delivers to all kinds of fans.  It has scattered bits of nostalgia for the lovers of the '87 cartoon, hints of grit and elements taken from the classic Mirage title, and a famous face stripped from from the animated '03 series.  Although, this title is anything but a compilation of the Turtles installments that have come before it.  This IDW series has managed to feel fresh and new with a solid and original twist on the origin story and a much needed revamp to characters like Krang.  It's funny, filled with action and just downright fun to read.

I wasn't the biggest supporter of Dan Duncan's art at first, but his style has grown on me more and more with each new issue, and, as proven by the cover, he's capable of some superb work at times.  The proportions and lines for movement feel a little odd at times, but overall the style fits the tone incredibly well and the coloring, especially for the Turtles, is vibrant.

The story is going at a solid pace and I'm thrilled to see what will happen in the next issue.  All of the elements are beginning to merge together and I can't wait to see how it'll play out.  Plus, it'll have more of Splinter in action.  What's not to love?


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