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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #107 Review - Scary Stories to Tell in the Sewers...

Sophie Campbell (Writer) • Nelson Daniel (Pencils) • Ronda Pattison (Colorist)

IDW Publishing (Publisher) • Get it Now from Comixology

The Slithering story arc kinda stumbled out of the gate but TMNT #107 is a bit more interesting. The book benefits from the Turtles actually doing some adventuring which hasn't happened since issue #100 of the series.

The comic focuses on the Turtles and their investigation into the disappearance of Lita and the other missing children of Mutanttown. We learn of the creature's potential origins as well as a possible connection to Mayor Baxter Stockman.

I still believe Sophie Campbell should have taken a darker tone for this arc. This has the potential to be a great horror story but unfortunately, she's not going in that direction. This issue has a great cliffhanger as things go from bad to worse for our heroes.

There is a shockingly bad piece of editing in the comic. At one point the team locates Slithery's trail of slime. The panel layout shows Michaelangelo making the identification but the word bubble is clearly supposed to be pointed at Leonardo based on the next panel and having the context of the previous issue. I've almost never had an issue with the editing of TMNT so the sequence is particularly glaring.

Not sure about the longterm direction of the series but at least there's something here to latch on to.

The comic has a great pace and some solid action. I'm still not digging the art direction but there are some cool sequences toward the end that keep things interesting. The issue is decent enough and it's nice to see the turtles doing something again besides love-bombing or moping. It's also nice to see the series gather momentum again.

Rating: 8/10