Last week the new TMNT movie was released and it wasn’t anything special. It was exhausting to sit through much of the horrible dialogue, acting, and many plot holes. There may have been a few shining moments, but overall it wasn’t very well done. On the other hand, IDW’s TMNT series is doing everything right, and it’s nice to be able to turn somewhere for quality turtle stories.
TMNT #37 doesn’t feature the heroes in a half shell at all, but instead lets Shredder and General Krang take center stage. The dialogue from Tom Waltz is sharp and engrossing, fully encompassing the tension between the two big bads. The only complaints I have were how slightly out of place the couple pages with Alopex and Kitsune were, and the very predictable outcome near the middle of the issue. Other than those two aspects, the issue is spot on for villains of Shredder and Krang’s stature meeting one another.
Cory Smith is able to deftly handle the move between the slower, conversation heavy sections of the issue into the faster, action-packed scenes. His character models look great and I hope we see more of his artwork in future issues of TMNT.
If you’re planning on going with your family to see the new TMNT movie any time soon, I would instead suggest dropping your money on a local comic shop’s counter and picking up the first couple volumes of IDW’s TMNT and sharing them amongst yourselves. The characters are much better developed, the art is superb, and the villains are handled much better, as can be seen in this issue alone. This is the turtles story we deserve.