Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #103 Review - Raphael is a Dick
Updated: Jun 17
• IDW Publishing (Publisher)
TMNT #103 is another solid issue that pushes the story forward. There are some really strong emotional scenes throughout the issue that deconstruct our heroes. It's gonna be great to see how Sophie Campbell builds the guys up again.
My favorite scenes involve Raph and Jennika arguing. Jenny accuses Raph and the rest of the guys of being crybabies and allowing things to fall apart. Raph responds by saying that Jenny isn't really a member of their family and can f*ck off. I feel that both sides are out of line here but Raph's response is way overboard. I think this may be a meta-commentary on the way Jenny has been received by the series more vocal detractors.
We check in with the rest of our leads and the throughline is that they are all processing grief at their own pace. I like the story because it's all very relatable once you get past the more fantastical elements.
I still get calls from my sister because she still copes with the loss of our mother and that happened in 2014. I miss my mom as well but the triggers for emotional breaks are different. She has difficulties with dates and anniversaries. I struggle with scenes involving parent and child interactions in movies or songs.
There isn't a ton of action in this issue but the script is solid and the cliffhanger promises major change with Mutant Town and the Mutanimals. I'm starting to feel like Leonardo is being somewhat neglected in this story but I'm sure he will step up eventually.
No real gripes with the issue. It's a beautiful book in a string of comics that you should be reading.