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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 Review

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The Turtles search for a new base, unaware of the fact that they're being hunted by Slash.

The Good

IDW's reboot of the classic franchise won me over after the very first issue. Writer Tom Waltz (collaborating with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman) has managed to strike the perfect tone to appeal to new and old fans -- both young and old. The comradery between the Turtles is as strong as ever, the classic villains are familiar but have enough alterations to give them a fresh feel, and of course, the action is... well, turtletastic (yes, I just said that).

This issue manages to deliver yet another solid chapter in the reboot, focusing on Slash (who was teased in April's micro issue) and the team's search for a new lair. Unfortunately, that means Krang and Shredder aren't seen, and their absence is certainly noticed because both of those plots are going down some very, very interesting roads. I imagine juggling those stories will be a difficult chore with Waltz and Eastman, but they've absolutely earned my optimism so far.

The action in this issue rocked. Seeing the Turtles (well, just Leonardo) bullet time was an awesome fanboy moment and watching their excellent teamwork to drop two goons almost made me cheer. Almost. The fight with Slash was also pretty cool and it made sense since their visibility was massively hindered. Ninja action aside, there was an unexpected and suprisingly hilarious scene with Splinter. IDW, you'd be fools not to sell Splinter's apron!

The Bad

There were quite a few moments that made me exclaim, "Wait, what?!" The team knows the NYPD is on the hunt for a giant green monster, so it seems odd for them to be baffled when they finally bump into Slash. "What is that?!" I think it's more than safe to assume that's the creature you guys have heard about earlier in this issue.

Also, Slash's actions have forced the Turtles to seek shelter from the public, so why is no one calling out Raphael on wanting to go to Casey's hockey game? I know they're buds and all, but seeing as they have an emphasis on stealth at the moment, going out to a school sports game just seems incredibly foolish. Raph, I'm certain Casey would understand, bro.

Andy Kuhn's art won't be for everyone. It's very rough and the faces for the Turtles can be jarring at times. The teeth and gums can look odd and sometimes their faces appear flat. That said, his style does fit the tone well at times, giving the book more of a cartoonish vibe, and as a child of the '87 cartoon, that's something I can appreciate.

The Verdict

Kuhn's art might be off-putting to some, but please don't let that deter you from reading this book. There's some stellar (albeit brief) action in this issue and Slash's return takes center stage. There's certainly more to come with the character and it'll be especially interesting to see if they have to put him down... or if he'll become an ally. Furthermore, the plot with Shredder and Krang has only just begun and I'm very anxious to see how those two stories will unfold and potentially connect. This is a must read if you've ever considered yourself a Ninja Turtles fan.

11 Comments
Posted by ReVamp

Never much liked Slash, but ah well...

Edited by cc1738

Can we get a good artist on this title again? Kuhn's art is unbearable. If the arts not good IMO, I won't read it. No matter how good the story is. That's why I refuse to get Wolverine and the X-Men.

Posted by Judge_Dredd

I don't mind Kuhn's art I like some of it, but I do wonder where Dan Duncan went.

Really digging this book, with this and the great G.I. Joe line IDW has some groovy stuff going on.

Posted by Trodorne

@Judge_Dredd said:

I don't mind Kuhn's art I like some of it, but I do wonder where Dan Duncan went.

Really digging this book, with this and the great G.I. Joe line IDW has some groovy stuff going on.

I dislike the art. but yes where did Dan Duncan go? I read G.I.Joe Cobra. I freakin love alot of IDW's classic line up. Robots in disguise has been an awesome read since the beginning and I thought more than meets the eye was going to be the better one.

Posted by SlickyMike88

I'm not fan of the artist but ,SLASH IS BACK!!!!!I have to read it.

Posted by Reignmaker

Kuhn is destroying the experience for me. Apologists will say that it's a different style, but I've seen more impressive doodles inside my used textbooks then what he's offering here.

It's a real shame IDW can't afford a bigger-name artist for this book.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Ugh...Kuhn. Please get another artist on this gem. The great writing can only carry it so far.

Posted by 3rdrocket

Not a fan of Kuhn's art either. Im not going to let that ruin the story for me but It would be wonderful to have a different artist on this.

Posted by Lvenger

Yay I've been wanting to read your review for a while Gregg! An excellent analysis and a fair score. Nicely done!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Lvenger: Thank you!
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Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I love this book. As a huge Ninja Turtle fan when I was younger, I don't know why I didn't get this earlier. Now I have to backtrack and get the first 13 issues (I only have 14 on). This has become one of my favorite books and when I eventually have to downsize my pull list, this one is staying.