Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #102
We are in full swing with the Sophie Campbell era of TMNT. The Mutanimals are going outside the lines in their attempt to maintain good order and discipline, meanwhile, Leo, Donny, and Mikey continue their downturn.
Losing someone special hurts. Everyone reacts and deals with loss differently. Some keep moving on, while others recede into themselves for comfort. This is what we see with issue 102 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Still reeling over the loss of Master Splinter, the family has done nothing but grow apart in a time that each of them needs to grow together.
We left off with Jenna and Mona getting the business end of Diamond and a rogue group of Mutanimals, and the outcome not being in Jenn and Mona’s favor. That is until Raph steps in and the rest is history as Raph and Jenn together are much like Hawk and Animal of the Road Warriors. With Leo, Donny, and Mikey still not knowing how to cope. The back and forth from Leo, Donny, and Mike did nothing but solidify how spectacular this creative team is at capturing the pain, guilt, and love when dealing with loss. Seeing Mikey standing in the yard staring off into space, and then we see Donny leave home.
His note said he was going to the city and he’ll be back, but how will he be when he returns? Issue 102 continues the dark story of Old Hob and is unnatural creations of mutananimals. As things that surround Old Hob tend to do; they get out of hand quickly as Diamond releases what were to be Karai’s new mutants. This was the perfect end to this issue, as we start to focus on a world within a world. This new reality for not only the TMNT but for the former humans who now have to get used to a new life and a world rather quick with no time to reflect. We can only speculate just how many innocent human beings Old Hob has captured for evil financial gain. There is so much feeling in this issue that it demands multiple reads.
Final thoughts? I wrote this section multiple times in the hope I could catch what I felt while reading this book, and I’m not sure what my final thoughts are. Are they with Raph, Jenn, and Sally or are they with Leo, Donny, and Mikey? What about the torture Old Hob is delivering to innocent people? I guess my final thoughts are this. This was a damn good book that made you sit back and think about humanity and how we deal with each other.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #102: “We Will Get By, We Will Survive”
Writing - 10/10
Storyline - 10/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 10/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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