COMIC REVIEW: TMNT #111
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111
Story by Sophie Campbell
Art by Jodi Nishijima
Published by IDW
Released November 11th, 2020
The Turtles’ new home is infiltrated by Old Hob’s spies! A game of cat and mouse begins as the Turtles begin to question how far they will have to go to protect themselves and the innocent mutants around them.
“I want The Wolf and The Snapping Turtle…”
Old Hob is back and at odds (as usual) with the Splinter Clan. Thanks to an eavesdroppin’ Leo (that could be a future action figure), the planned ambush turns into a fighting chance for our Turtles and their buddies . After a mundane previous issue, Campbell and company pick up the slack with TMNT #111 which offers a brisk story cemented with thrills, heart, and tension.
I feel as if I’ve been reading a lot of padding lately with TMNT’s current issues. But #111 is very much an adrenaline rush that the story arc currently needed. A great blend of stealth turtle-action and story progress concerning The Foot Clan, Mona Lisa, and the Mutanimals. The Turtles “home-alone” their dojo to take on Old Hobb’s goon-ambush. The Mutant Town ordeal is given some more depth with a heartbreaking scene between Mona Lisa video-calling her parents. It shows the effect the mutation has had on our previously “normal” residents and reiterates the idea of this “curse”. I believe this story arc needs more of those moments of humanization and rejection. Afterall, this is a city of regular people turned into mutants. Not some sort of cute furry fan-fic.
We go the The Foot headquarters and meet with Karai as she decides Old Hobb just isn’t cuttin’ it for her anymore and we need some more mutants to shake things up. That’s where this issue ends…with the introduction of Tokka and Rahzar. Oh baby. You got me back. Nishijima’s artwork continues to be stellar with vibrant colors and great use of shadow. Campbell’s best when it comes to almost “slice of life” stories with the Turtles, but now we’re getting somewhere threatening…so I’m eager to see where she takes us.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111 is now available wherever comics are sold!