Comic Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30 (IDW)

TMNT# 30

It’s very rare that an ongoing comic book series can deliver consistently quality stuff for thirty issues straight. Even more rare, is it, that a comic book that is basically a reboot can be as good as (or in some cases better) than the original. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just that series. Issue thirty takes a step back from the chaotic action that we have seen in the last five or six issues and finally comes back to the heart of the book: Family. The characterization is what makes this book work.

The previous story arch was great. We finally got Beebop and Rocksteady, there was major conflict with Leo being brainwashed, and Casey Jones got to be a tough guy again. The book was action packed and didn’t let up. With issue thirty things are winding down but that isn’t a bad thing. The story is finally getting back to the character aspect that drew me in from the beginning. Eastman and Waltz consistently bring a heart wrenching story that is deep and compelling on many levels while Ross Campbell is bringing some of the best Ninja Turtle art I have seen since Eastman himself drew the book.

We now have a GREAT TMNT cartoon on Nickelodeon, a strong TMNT comic book that shows no signs of letting up, and the first images of the new TMNT movie just popped up on the internet and they aren’t as bad as I expected! Could we once again have the perfect trifecta of Turtles comic/cartoon/film?? Not to mention the incredible toys.

Over all I give the book 3.5 out of 4 shells! Turtle Power!

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