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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro-Series #7 - Bebop & Rocksteady Review


The two classic villains are back! What exactly does Karai have planned for them?

Note: TMNT #27 also comes out today and this issue takes place before it. So, if you're getting both, read this first!

The Good

Bebop and Rocksteady are finally here, and boy oh boy, they were worth the wait. Just a heads up, I may run out of synonyms for "fun" in this review because this comic truly was a ridiculous amount of fun.

While their goofball nature remains stronger than ever in co-writers Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates' hands, it's now contrasted with the darker tone of what's going on in 'City Fall' and the end result is a mix hysterical and shocking. Sure, they're big, dumb and dated characters, but now they're incredibly powerful as well. That kind of might in such mindless hands could be a complete disaster and that's exactly what this issue is all about: showcasing the raw might these two fools now possess.

You may know them as total clowns -- and they still are -- but now they're staggeringly badass, too. A mere flick can break a dude's nose and watching these mutants in action can turn from clumsy and hilarious to graphic and violent in no time at all. You're going to leave this issue with a whole new impression of this duo and man, I sincerely cannot wait to see these two battle the turtles or even Slash. If that goes down it's sure to be stellar.

Ben Bates addresses this tonal shift extraordinarily well with the art, too. There's plenty of totally amusing panels of the two being silly and seemingly uncoordinated, but when things really go down, there style becomes much grittier, there's an extra emphasis on the bloodshed, and the two mutants come off looking far more formidably instead of nutty. I know it's tough to believe they can strike fear into anyone with that kind of attire, but trust me, there's a few panels that'll shock you. Yes, they're all kinds of stupid, but these are no longer two goons who are there just for comedic value.

The Bad

No major complaints from me. This was an absurdly wacky and wild ride.

The Verdict

The lovable idiots have made a triumphant return. Filled with big laughs and a staggering amount of action which ranges from lighthearted to jaw-dropping, this Micro-Series issue absolutely lived up to the anticipation. While there isn't much depth to these characters, Karai bluntly pointed out they're only good for two things: violence and destruction. While they're excellent for those two things and do them in a massively entertaining way, "comedy" should most definitely be added to her list. Now that they're being added to the mix, we can only imagine how explosive things will get once Karai utilizes them over in 'City Fall.' It's sure to be a blast.

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Posted by tparks

I just finished reading this issue and the City Fall issue that came out today too. This review hit the nail on the head. This was one of the most fun reads for me in a long time. I have two new favorite characters.

Posted by RoTheKid

Gonna have to pick this up! :)

Edited by greenlucario

Do the events of this happen before or after the new issue of TMNT? So stoked for a new week with not one but two TMNT books!

Posted by k4tzm4n

Do the events of this happen before or after the new issue of TMNT? So stoked for a new week with not one but two TMNT books!

Check right above "The Good" ;)

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@k4tzm4n is this essential for the main story?

Posted by danhimself

@k4tzm4n is this essential for the main story?

it doesn't appear to be right now...but none of the one shots appeared to be when they were first released and all of them ended up tieing in to the main story at some point

I recommend it either was a really fun read and you can't go wrong with any of IDW's TMNT books

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@danhimself: yeah I wasn't sure if I was going to get this or Avengers 22

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n is this essential for the main story?

No, it's technically not essential, but, as you can tell by the review, I do recommend it!

Edited by manwithoutshame

This issue had me laughing again and again. This is the Rocksteady and Bebop that made me laugh all those years ago watching the cartoon. Also the panel where they both go beserker and there's a messy sketch of Bebop drawn in red that was an amazing touch. 5/5!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Awesome issue! Can't wait to see them in action against the Turtles.

Posted by snarkybits


Would you want to see Tokka and Rahzar?

Posted by k4tzm4n


Would you want to see Tokka and Rahzar?

Not at the moment, no. I think we have enough "dumb brutes" with these two and Slash in the picture. They wouldn't really bring anything new to the table. Perhaps in the future, though.

Posted by ThorBoy

Loved this book! Great tmnt series so far with do much more to come!

Edited by BloodTalon

Nice. Bebop and Rocksteady kick ass I am going to pick this up.

Posted by DisasterBeast

This was an amazing issue honestly. I just love it, definitely have two new favorite characters, hats off to the IDW team for making such a fantastic comic series. I never thought Mirage could be outdone, glad to be proven wrong.

Posted by BloodTalon

I got it yesterday and it is awesome. This was a really fun read Bebop is the best.

The two of them might be dumb but they make up for it with brutality

Edited by space4rentt

That panel where Bebop said that tickles was amazing. chills went down my spine at that image.

Another thing, I haven't check other issues yet, but anyone else have certain pages in the beginning have gray text instead of black? Made it really difficult to read karai's speech on the pink boxes.