Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #103
Things are not good in Mutant Town. Alopex is struggling to feed and shelter the new mutants, everyone is struggling to cope and survive, as feelings of being forgotten by the “outside” world. The family is still struggling and seems to be drifting further apart. Old Hob continues to be…well, Old Hob.
The world has moved on and the residents of Mutant Town are struggling to find their way. Life continues to throw a ninety mile per hour fastball at the family and they keep striking out. Raph and Jennika finally let some of those pent up feelings loose and not really for the better. We’ve always known Raph to not hold his tongue, but this particular argument was supremely harsh and hurtful. With this argument, I totally understand both sides. Jennika wants the family to come together and cope with tragedy as Splinter would have wanted. Raph taking exception to the fact that she is not an Hamato claims that she cannot feel the loss the same way as the Donny, Mikey, Leo, and himself. The issue continues to show each family member still going through the motions and Sophie Campbell’s delivery of showing these emotions continue to reach out and grab the reader into their world and pain. As this arc continues I’m sure we’ll get even deeper into their lives and when the reunion happens it will be hearth felt and one hell of a much-needed therapy session for them, however, there is another story within this issue that calls to morality and how far someone will go to consider themselves a hero of the people.
Old Hob continues to push the boundaries with his manacle actions of creating new mutants for sale. We see an even uglier side of him when his latest batch of mutants are kids. Sally confronts him regarding his behavior and that’s when we find out that Old Hob believes he’s doing Mutant Town a service.
His reasoning is backed up with the notion that he’s banking on the outside world not caring about Mutant Town and just letting life behind the wall go on and left to be forgotten about.
Since issue 100, we’ve been on such a roller coaster of emotions. We (the readers) find ourselves looking within our own selves and asking how would we deal with this in our lives. What about Old Hob, is he right? Is he wrong? Instead of just “moving-on” from such a tragic event in the turtle’s lives, Sophie Campbell has decided we need to not just “move-on” but look into their souls and try to see a little bit of ourselves.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, #103, There’s life behind the wall
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 9/109/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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