The GeeksverseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10
Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by

The Shredder appears. Is Splinter ready for him?


Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz
Art by: Dan Duncan
Colored by: Ronda Pattison
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins & Shawn Lee
Cover by: A: Dan Duncan w/ Ronda Pattison; B- Kevin Eastman w/ Ronda Pattison; C - Tyler Walpole
Editor: Bobby Curnow

Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of the reincarnation angle. The book is excellent, so I can let it slide, and I’m liking how Waltz is handling it. I like how the series somewhat mirrors the original First/Mirage run in some ways but is brand new in alot of others. I also like how it takes elements from the various other TMNT incarnations.

This issue is one of the bigger departures, but at the same time has some nice easter eggs for older fans.

We finally get to see the Shredder. The introduction is well handled, with the Foot not even realizing Splinters true identity at first. They just seem him as another mutated animal. We don’t get much of Shredder, just his looming presence, but it’s enough. Duncan has done a great job with the updated look for the Shredder, as well as the other members of the Foot. I like the visual connection between Karai and the mutated snow fox, with the bandage-like wrapping around their midsections.

Waltz has a good handle on the Turtles, each being very distinct in personality, with this issue going a long ways to help establish their personalities.. There was a bit of a disconnect though, with Casey and April acting like they’ve known all four Turtles for a long time when they’ve all really just connected a short while ago. But the rest of the story is solid and entertaining.

The pieces are moving across the board and it appears that the Turtles will be in the middle of a war between General Krang and the Foot Clan. I’m wondering if Stockman will go the way of the cartoon Stockman?

TMNT is a good example of how to really redo an older series, how to keep it true and close to the original but be fresh at the same time.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10 receives
4 out of 5

One Response
    • The reincarnation angle is odd but I like how it helps to show the personalities of each Turtle. Leo and Don have a great conversation in this issue which really pulls from the first fourteen issues and sets a divide that should prove fun in the next issues. I’m siding with Donatello. I’m hoping science will explain that mythology away sooner or later.

      I like how Krang and Foot Clan are not connected yet.

      I hope Stockman goes the way of the last cartoon incarnation. I want to see an android body and a brain guy in his chest.

      I love this Foot Clan version. I like how they already have a mutant or two. I’m sure that will also lead to a few fun stories as it already has in the Microseries. 

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