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Comic Review: Rise of the TMNT #5

by Chris M. P.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Issue 5

Written by Matthew K. Manning

Art By Chad Thomas

Colors By Heather Breckel

Published by IDW

Welcome to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reunion! With featured guests Raph, Donnie, Leo, Mikey, April, and… a whole host of angry villains?! Watch as Warren Stone’s quest to reclaim his glory puts the Turtles in a spotlight they don’t want to be in!

Think what you will when it comes to the Rise of the TMNT animated series but I really feel the tone and concept works especially well in comic form. It’s witty, silly, and fast-paced direction may not win over everyone, but if you enjoy the cartoon you’ll enjoy the comic series.

And Issue 5 is no different.   

I’ve always enjoyed the art style of the new show. Chad Thomas and Heather Breckel capture the look of Rise’s world and characters wonderfully. I always get a kick out of the over-the-top expressions characters have at integral moments as well as the beautifully stylized backgrounds.

This issue, like the ones before it, flow at a near break neck speed with jokes and action in nearly every panel. Chad Thomas’s writing in Issue 5 had me smiling (especially Warren Stone’s “Sippy Sun” commercial) as this comic title has become a favorite of mine to just pick up when I want a fun lighthearted laugh with some turtle action for good measure.

If you’re a big fan of the Archie published TMNT Adventures from 1988-1995, I’d be more than willing to recommend the Rise of the TMNT comic series. And they’re light enough that you could start on nearly any issue (as it’s run is still young!) and get caught up. Issue 5 is especially fun with some great comedic moments complimented by a fun quick paced story.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Issue 5 is available now!

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