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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #32 - Northampton Part 4 Review

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The Ninja Turtles were taking a much-needed break in Northampton, but that's been rudely interrupted by a new mutant named Koya and a trio of Foot Clan assassins.

The Good

The final chapter of Northampton is here and it all wraps up on a crazy fun and legitimately heartwarming note. If you read the last issue, then your anticipation is most definitely through the roof before going into this one. Thankfully, Tom Waltz and the other minds behind IDW's TMNT end this story on a very strong note. But honestly, did we expect anything less from them at this point?

It's an action-packed issue and the chaotic developments feel well-earned. Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to see brawls in this book, but this one has been building since the team fled the city. This arc has relied on character-driven moments and understandably so considering what occurred during City Fall. It's been a great insight into each main character, so to reserve a majority of the really big and exciting action for this ending was a great choice and makes for some hugely satisfying bits of ninja violence. Everything from watching the team bond as they face this latest challenge to how a character is defeated is basically guaranteed to make any fan cheer -- I know I sure did at least twice.

The new mutant, Koya, is a solid addition to the book. She's one of those characters who can't resist saying all of the terrible and gruesome things she'll do to her enemies as she dukes it out with them. It's something we've seen plenty of times before and we know they're idle threats (something tells me she'll never actually strangle Leo with his own entrails...), but it's amusing to have that kind of villain square off with the team and hopefully become a reoccurring obstacle. This appearance didn't really give her much depth (e.g. she's loyal to Shredder, hates the Ninja Turtles), but it definitely made her quite the powerhouse and left me wanting to see more of the character.

Artist Ross Campbell and colorist Ronda Pattison go all out in this issue. The pages are downright spectacular; the variety of character work and thorough coloring makes everyone and everything look great. Mikey's expressions are priceless and damn, they do a stunning job creating a pissed off Raphael! The duo's ability to fill these characters with life is topnotch and delivers on every single page. Even little details like leaves moving in the wind help make this such an engaging and excellent experience for the eyes. I especially love how they go heavy on the shading when the tone takes a darker shift -- it reels you right into scene. You know what'll happen, but man, they really sell that moment.

The Bad

Well, it's "bad" that I can't read #33 right now. Does that count? But seriously, this was a tremendous way to wrap up the storyline and I have no major complaints whatsoever.

The Verdict

Northampton is the perfect follow-up to City Fall. While City Fall was explosive madness from start to finish, Northampton was able to give us a bit of much-needed rest and reflection. It gave the characters a proper amount of time to develop before ending on a note that'll warm your heart and make you cheer as the team finally reunites to kick the crap out of some new Foot villains. Nothampton is guaranteed to be both an emotional and thrilling experience for any TMNT fan. Campbell and Pattison's terrific artwork is just a very, very nice bonus.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: man, I love IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Edited by Xwraith

I'm really going to miss Ross Campbell's art - but I am glad that Alopex didn't die.

Posted by Ostyo

I said it before and I'll say it again: MAN, I LOVE BEING A TURTLE FAN!

Edited by ScrappyDont27

Just picked this up at my shop can't wait to read it

Edited by Lvenger

Seems like this was a great end to this storyline and another worthy successor to the Northampton name. Great review Gregg!

Edited by greenlucario

Can't wait for this!

Posted by manwithoutshame

the art was so good in this issue. they need to bring campbell back at some point.

Posted by Patera_All

my only gripe is that, from reading interviews, I really thought we'd get to see the Turtles step their game up with their training, while up north. They're no where near where they need to be, to face the threats they're about to walk back into.

Posted by BreZeJ

I keep thinking about adding this to my pull list. I need a jumping on spot. Also I was wondering if this series is really good? I see the review, but wanted others opinions.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

@brezej: This series is fantastic! One of the best comics being published.

Posted by ScrappyDont27

@brezej: been getting it since issue #1 and it's all been good. As for jumping on point maybe try to start with the beginning of Northhampton story line ( think its issue #29) and pick up the trade of city fall

Posted by Patera_All

This series is the best I'm currently reading. And I'm reading a LOT of great things right now.

Edited by mark15

such a good book, glad i jumped on the band wagon

Posted by Fallschirmjager

did mikey just run over a bird with a motorcycle?

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Posted by DickDastardly

This was a great issue. They way this series blends the emotional aspects of the turtle family with the amazing action scenes keeps me coming back month after month.

Posted by Mapuia_Ralte

@fallschirmjager: Yep! In a splash page you might even want to rip out of the comic and hang on your wall! Tasty issue this was