TMNT Universe #2 – Review
Writer: Paul Allor
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Color Artist: Ronda Pattison
In the second installment of this new series we join the Turtles and April trapped in a building owned by Baxter Stockman. Trapped with them is a mysterious Scorpion mutant. Outside are Bishop and the Earth Protection Force intent on gaining entry to the building and capturing the mutants.
The story picks up pace nicely in this issue. The dialogue is compelling and if you’re an avid TMNT reader it will evoke the usual emotional reactions you’re used to. The story does raise more questions and I personally have been hooked in from this issue. The story twists are still to find their end but you do feel you’re working towards an outcome. The usual tussles within the team are still there along with the core values the turtles represent. The story like most others within the TMNT back catalogue feels reassuringly familiar and that is largely down to the quality of writing and being able to dial into the dialogue the subtle humor doesn’t go amiss either.
Visually this book is everything we’ve come to expect from a TMNT book. Damian Couceiro has created a very clean, visually clear and familiar art style in this book. The focus is very much on the characters, the background detailing is fine and worked on at an acceptable level but the book feels very much all action and all important. Very few filler panels in this comic which suits the story well. You can sense with the art work that Couceiro has a grand spectacle double page spread in his back pocket somewhere even if we haven’t seen it yet.
In my opinion the quality of book has picked up exactly where the Batman and TMNT team up left off. If you’re a TMNT fan this is a must for your pull list. There is a familiar feel you can sense Kevin Eastman’s imprint still on these stories but also with the start of a fresh arc and universe you can jump in here as a newbie and not feel like you’ve missed a huge amount (even though you will end up with a ton of back reading because it’s so addictive). The art and writing quality go hand in hand. The color artist has matched these quality levels to form a really high quality book. This is one you don’t want to miss. If you did miss issue #1 I recommend picking it up along with this.