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‘TMNT Ongoing #51:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Last month was major for the team behind our ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series. After the success of 50 crime-fighting issues, some major changes took place in the TMNT universe. The Shredder is dead. That’s right. The feud between Splinter and Shred-head is over. Our heroes are now the leaders of The Foot Clan, and to make things even better, Donatello is back! As we celebrate 50 issues, it doesn’t get any better than that, am I right?

This month, however, in TMNT #51, the pizza-loving heroes we have come to know so well seem–well–different. Mikey has left the group, although Raph is trying to convince him to come back. April O’Neil confronts Kitsune about her miniseries adventure with Casey Jones, where they met a couple of Kitsune’s siblings. A new gang called the Street Phantoms have appeared to take the place of the once evil Foot Clan, and they have cloaking devices that allow them to appear and disappear at will. And, to make matters more confusing, Donatello discovers that such technology was actually developed by Professor Harold. Talk about heavy situations!

Despite everything going on, I’m happy to have Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz behind what feels to be a fresh, new start for our favorite mutant teenagers. Even the artwork by Ken Garing feels different, but with more of a grungy affect. The story looks like the New York City I, personally, have come to know and love. And, of course, with colors by series regular Ronda Pattison, the story seems to come alive with the turn of every page.

So, if you haven’t started reading the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series, now’s the time, because this is the kind of refresh we fans have been waiting for!

Until next month,

Joshua Desjardins, Fanbase Press Contributor



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