Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell #1 Review
Shredder In Hell reads like the return of an old friend that has been gone for too long. It's hard to believe that he's been gone for over forty issues now. As the series inches toward its #100 milestone it's hard to imagine that Oroku Saki won't be crashing the party in some fashion.
Karai is attempting to resurrect The Shredder, her father. From there the comic shifts to Oroku's perspective as he finds himself in the dream that he and Hamato Yoshi's (Splinter) spoke about as children.
In this dream, he is tormented by his past self Takeshi Tatsuo and also comforted by Splinter. Oroku navigates the landscape trying to make sense of it all. Splinter tell's Shredder that the manifestations represent Oroku's soul being ripped apart by the Dragon God that inhabits it.
It will be interesting to see how the series develops. My guess is that we will see Shredder escape hell either in control of his destiny as redeemed or reaffirming his path of destruction and gaining dominion over the Dragon god.
Mateus Santolouco is my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle artist. He brings his A-game here. The script is amazing and the comic manages to be even more beautiful than I anticipated. Marcelo Costa's colors add to Mateus' dreamlike setting by giving a subdued color palette. The colors aren't bland though, they blend perfectly with the story and setting which reminded me of the realm of the ancestor scenes from Black Panther.
There is an awesome moment where Shredder runs off. Splinter as Hamato Yoshi kisses his long-dead wife and chases after him to assist him on his quest. It's really strange seeing these sworn enemies interacting as allies. The closest comparison I can think of would be Professor X and Magneto from X-Men.
This in my opinion is Mateus's best work and also once again highlights the editorial direction of Bobby Curnow and Megan Brown. This comic line is extremely tight yet every piece works independently. If you've completed the TMNT-Macro Series and are following TMNT universe you will see all of the moving parts coming together.
If you're only reading the main series you're still getting a great narrative but there are significant details missing.
The comic ends on a pretty intense cliffhanger and if you're at all intrigued by this issue I can't see you not coming back next month for more.