Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13 Review

After the events of last month’s issue, does the series remain strong or does it begin to go down the proverbial sewer drain?  Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

The forces of good and evil marshal on multiple fronts as the “Sins of the Fathers” arc begins! Casey Jones’ worsening home life tempts Raph to dangerous action— and Splinter decides to set a new course for his son’s way of life. Plus, what dark secret is the Shredder hiding — even from his own Clan?! Change is afoot!

The themes at play in the latest iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are familiar to many long time fans, but that doesn’t mean this series is a rehash.  That’s the beauty of it, the creative team offers enough interesting changes that they don’t alienate staples while putting their own spin on these classic characters.

The script by Tom Waltz yields solid character interaction that relies heavily on the past to build towards a dynamic future.  There are some dialogue issues but for the most part every character acts as they should even as they deliver some rather corny dialogue.  This issue may not plow through any new territory, but the established pieces work so well together that any reader will more than likely find some serious value in this purchase.

Andy Kuhn does a stellar job with the art.  His stylistic forms and unique sensibilities, give life to an in depth but rich world that’s full of style and action.   The thick and dynamic lines offer stiff but fluid shapes that easily encompass a world with mutant turtles.   From a battle among The Foot to a conversation between friends, this comic book just carries a look that works exceptionally well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13 is a very solid read that continues to build on the excellent foundation already established by this latest iteration of the Heroes in a Half-Shell.  Recommended.

3.5/5

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