Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104
The family has reunited in pure Campbell fashion. The rebuilding has commenced and as the family works on getting back to some sort of normalcy, their bond must be stronger than ever as they take on the streets of Mutant Town.
This is the issue we’ve been waiting for. When were we going to get the family back together? The emotion that readers have been feeling for months has finally come to culmination. Sophie Campbell has continuously told a story packed with great storytelling and the readers can do nothing but rejoice for this issue, as the characters are a part of our own family finally start the healing process.
The unsung heroes in this book are Sally Pride and Alopex. When Sally confronts Hob about selling young mutant kids to the Foot Clan, she goes another step forward and states that the Mutanimals are no more. For a few issues now we’ve been seeing an ever so slight change in Sally’s character and how she perceives her current situation and second-guessing Old Hob’s intentions. This is what Mutant Town needed, it was the first step in bringing Old Hob down. Leading up to the family getting back together the intensity laid out in the panels serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come in 4 issues. A lot has transpired in that time. We rode along with Raph as he becomes Mutant Town’s vigilante for justice, we cried and felt the pain that Mikey & Leo were working through, & understood as Donny and Jenny looked for answers in their current state of mind.
It was no surprise that Alopex was the final step in getting the family reunited. There’s a panel were Alopex and Raph are sitting outback of her shelter and their talking about how everyone is inside, and she would like him to go in. Raph being Raph he says no and she ever so subtly yells to everyone inside that Raph is outback. There’s a great smile on her face that you can feel her love for helping folks out. It’s no surprise that she opened the shelter to help mutants out in this trying time. The reunion has been long coming and it was as heartfelt and just as powerful as we expected. Now that we know they have decided to band back together and defend the streets of Mutant Town, upcoming issues have been given such a wide surface in which to paint that as a long time reader, I can barely harness my excitement for what is to come.
Since Sophie Campbell took over for TMNT, we have been absolutely spoiled with her amazing writing with the depth and direction she has given a beloved universe. Issue 104 continues that tradition in such a way, that when you close the book, all you can say is “Yep, that is Sophie Campbell and she is marvelous”.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104: “It’s Good to See the Family Under One Roof”
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 9/109/10
Color - 10/1010/10
Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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