COMIC REVIEW: TMNT #103
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #103
Story by Sophie Campbell with Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman
Art by Sophie Campbell and Ronda Pattinson
Published by IDW
Released February 19th, 2020
As the Turtles struggle to come together in the face of recent setbacks, Old Hob’s unusual new enforcers make their presence known. Will they be friend or foe?
Evil grows in power as good seems to crumble. That’s what I took away from TMNT #103. Donatello and April seem to be the only sparks of hope as of right now, as going “stir crazy” catapults them into taking action in the Mutant City. Raph grows more cynical and angry in every issue, as he really tears in Jennika this time around. This issue really makes you root for Jennika as an underdog since she seems to be the only one wanting to do something about being thrusted into this new environment.
Poor Michelangelo comes to the reality that nothing lasts forever and crumbles to his feet in the cold. The Mutanimals are seemingly over and old Hobb gets humbled in a much deserved way. There’s a lot of bullet points that happen in this issue that take things to a more somber place…but there’s still a glimmer of hope. Can the Turtles really pull themselves together to become the heroes Splinter trained them to be?
Sophie Campbell’s writing stays stellar throughout issue 103 couple with her solid art and Pattinson’s great grasp on color. What I’ve really enjoyed about the past 3 issues is how well they breath. There’s plenty of panels with no words or actions. Where the art tells you all you need to know. Or, even says more than words can. I’d say it’s most prevalent in Issue 103 and works strongly in it’s favor.
This issue isn’t a page turner. But where the story is right now, it doesn’t need to be. We’re being given a story about grief, anger, loss, and reflection. And, so far, I really enjoy how all this is being handled. My only concern is when the story eventually picks up, I hope it feels natural and meaningful and not action for the sake of being a comic book.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #103 is now available wherever comics are sold!