Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, June 20 2014 and posted in Reviews
The turtles take on the prehistoric age!
IDW Publishing launches its newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini-series in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time! From Paul Allor, Ross Campbell and Bill Crabtree, this issue sees the Turtles thrown back to the prehistoric age. The cover by David Peterson shows the Turtles trying to hang onto the back of a triceratops. Both the subscription variant and the Hastings exclusive are done by Campbell and have the Turtles dealing with a T.Rex.
A meeting with the time traveler Renet sees the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles transported to the age of the dinosaurs. While running from the dinosaurs, the Turtles are attacked by Utroms riding on parasaurolophuses, and Raphael is kidnapped.
Paul Allor crafts a light-hearted story showcasing the funnier side of the Turtles. Michelangelo is his playful self, while even Raphael gets in on the fun with his new companion Pepperoni. That each issue will take place in a different era will keep the story fresh.
Ross Campbell brings a simple, clean art style, allowing for a vast range of facial expressions. The pacing is perfect as the Turtles fight both Utrom and dinosaur. Michelangelo hitching a ride shows just how clever Campbell’s panel layouts are. Bill Crabtree’s colors are straightforward, with light shading, fitting Campbell’s basic style. Shawn Lee’s lettering is great as it shows Renet’s rough communication with the past.
While unfortunately unrelated to the magnificent Super Nintendo game of the same name, for a fun take on the usually grim, serious series from IDW, look no further than the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time!
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