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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #109 Review - Not Sure What's Going On But I Don't Like It?

Sophie Campbell (Writer) • Jodi Nishijimi (Pencils) • Ronda Pattison (Colorist)

IDW Publishing (Publisher) • Get it Now from Comixology

I was pretty hyped once Sophie Campbell was announced as the writer for TMNT. That hype carried over through her first story-arc but the honeymoon is over and now I and now I'm ready to see other people.

I'm not excited about the story, the new characters, or the current direction of the series. Sadly, the book doesn't even feel like a TMNT title anymore. If this was a periphery title I would probably be enjoying the series as supplemental material. However, as the main series in the TMNT line, this title just doesn't work anymore.

The issue follows the leads through a typical day in Mutant-Town. Mikey and Lita open the issue with an interaction with a shitty news reporter looking to learn more about the Mutants of Mutant Town and their anatomy. After excusing themselves from the situation the comic shifts to Donatello and Mona Lisa as they begin working on a new school. The comic also touches bases with Jennika and Sheena as they work towards Jenny's dream of starting a band.

The content here works in the context of the ongoing narrative of the series but if you're a fan of what's happening in The Last Ronin, the vibe here is completely off. Aside from Sophie's establishment of Mutant Town as a viable setting the book is pretty bland.

If you were sold on the series by the steady hand of Tom Waltz and co. I'm not sure if this is the direction you were looking for once he left the series. Sophie is on the series for another arc or two which gives her time to right the ship. At this point, I'm not particularly interested in the series at all which sucks because TMNT was my favorite ongoing prior to Tom's exit in issue #100