Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 22 review


A while ago I suggested that as good as this series was, I was never really a ninja turtles fan, and that I was considering dropping it. And yet I’m still here – it turns out this series is good enough for a non-fan to stick around, and that this issue is better than usual.

The bulk of TMNT 22 shows the Ninja Turtles trying to rescue Casey, Ralph’s closest friend and fellow vigilante, from the foot clan. This not only allows for a fight scene that lasts most of the issue, but it really highlights the differences between Splinter, Leonardo and Raphael while giving each of them a bit of development. Raphael has his chance to go completely ballistic, which is simply awesome, and there’s a lot of tactical thinking on both sides of the fight scene. The initial story that starts in this issue is concluded, which leads to what will probably be a longer story arc. It’s a satisfying issue with a clear beginning and ending, which is rare in monthly titles these days.

This is also a very good introduction to the Ninja Turtles. The important characters in this issue are explained well for the total newcomer, without being intrusive in any way. Reasons are given to care about all the characters important to the plot, and some minor characters are introduced without feeling like they’re shoehorned in. The art is also fairly good, both with the environmental detail and with Raphael’s berserker rage.

If you’ve been on the fence over trying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is a great issue to check out. If you’re a fan of the franchise, then why aren’t you reading this already? If they keep up this level of quality, I may become a fan myself.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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4 Responses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 22 review

  1. Pingback: Release Day Rundown – May 29, 2013 | healed1337

  2. Tom Waltz says:

    Thanks for sticking with us! More fun and surprises… and plenty of action… to come!

    Very best,

    Tom Waltz


  3. mrmaczaps says:

    You should find & pick up the Phantom variant as well! Awesome cover!


  4. Pingback: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 50 review | healed1337

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