Written by Bill Jemas and Tim Midura
on Wednesday, October 30 2013 and posted in Reviews
They're strong to the finish and they just don't stop!
This week, we delve deep into two of my favorite animal-based, musically named henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series Villains #7. Writer Dustin Weaver and artist Ben Bates show what the warthog and rhinoceros were up to before joining The Foot Clan.
Bebop and Rocksteady are two lowly thugs who are kicked out of every gang in New York City. After being booted from the latest gang, they realize they need to get their lives together and join a great gang. At a bar, they meet someone who works for The Foot Clan and he brings them to a clan meeting. They are the last two standing in a rumble and get chosen to be turned into a mutant warthog and rhinoceros, respectively.
They are immediately sent out on a job with Karai to meet with The Ghost Boys, a rival Triad gang. The meeting goes as expected with Bebop and Rocksteady being all brawn and no brains. I felt it odd that The Foot Clan would entrust an important meeting with two complete newcomers. Weaver’s dialogue is great, showcasing the mutants’ simplemindedness. When deciding which animals to be mutated with, Rocksteady decided on a rhinoceros because, “I wanna be a dinosaur! Rhino-saurus!”
Firstly, the cover by Tyler Walpole of a stern and excited Bebop and Rocksteady bursting through a wall is dramatic with a high amount of detail on Rocksteady. Ben Bates handles all inside art duties. His rugged lines and flat colors fit the realistic setting of New York City. There’s an overhead shot of the meeting showing the brick floor, and each brick seems to be individually colored, which is a great detail. I also really enjoy any scene with a close up of Bebop’s bright purple mohawk, as it jumps off the page.
The Villain Micro-Series has been great as it focuses on classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle enemies, and this issue follows suit. Beautifully drawn and with a great sense of humor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series Villains #7 is a great history of two classic adversaries. Plus, P.S., the next issue is Shredder!
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