Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #3: Old Hob Review

With only one more issue remaining in this particular limited series, do we really need to know more about Old Hob?  Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

Old Hob has made a lot of enemies since his ooze-induced transformation. His once comfortable life as a lazy cat was abruptly stripped away from him, forcing Hob to learn how to survive, the hard way! After Baxter’s deadly betrayal, Hob’s through being a lackey. Now he’s ready to branch out and start calling the shots

The comic book opens with what can only be described as a mundane introduction featuring a boy and his cat.  To be honest the story of our little antagonist flows exactly the way one might expect but to the creative team’s credit the threads connecting the various pieces flow smoothly together.

Jason Ciaramella pens the script and the scribe jumps right into the fray as he wholly embraces the latest iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His grasp on the universe becomes quite apparent when he offers both context and subtext to a character that to be quite frank has come off as rather paper-thin.  Dealing with a villain with little redeemable value may seem like a complete and utter waste of any dedicated reader’s time but somehow, by the close, there’s a strange amount of satisfaction and curiosity that makes the literary component of this jaunt more than worthwhile.

The art by Dave Wachter is detailed and sturdy as the talent offers a fairly steady vision that fits within the confines of this franchise.  The illustrations found here are lavish with layers and personality that simply oozes off the page.  With that said there were a couple minor instances where the panels seemed a bit off. Character renditions are spot on for the most part but when these little speed bumps happen unnecessary deformities take place that slightly hinder the overall experience.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #3: Old Hob is a refreshing tale that allows readers to enjoy a heart felt romp that deserves to be on your pull-list.  Recommended.

4/5

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