COMIC REVIEW: TMNT #119
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119
Story by Sophie Campbell
Art by Nelson Daniel & Ronda Pattinson
Published by IDW
Released July 14th, 2021
April is on the run after discovering a scheme with dire consequences for Mutant Town. Meanwhile, the Mutanimals take drastic steps that will put them on a collision course with the TMNT!
MUTANT AND PROUD
After a brisk course correction of last month’s TMNT issue, Campbell and Daniel are back at it with TMNT #119. Stockman is keen on silencing April as a warrant for her is running as wild as the red headed wonder herself! And the Mutanimals are back in action butting heads with our favorite Turtle brethren! Can Campbell keep up the refreshing and frantic energy from prior?
Long story short: TMNT #119 delivers with a fast-paced story and slick artwork to boot. April is “stuck” in Mutant Town as her warrant makes the rounds, Hobb’s weasels and Lita go full “ninja”, and Michelangelo’s podcast brings together quite a rally for mutant rights. But that doesn’t mean Hobbs and the Mutanimals aren’t far behind, ready to create violence at Mikey’s rally. Campbell’s writing the past two issues has been tight and focused. It feels like every panel serves a purpose…and the art team of Daniel and Pattinson deliver with some solid art and colorwork in itself.
It’s refreshing to read a TMNT story that feels like it’s back on track, but that doesn’t mean this issue is all flowers and roses. I was surprised to see the “return” of Casey Jones, a TMNT fan favorite that mysteriously dropped out of the story once Campbell took over. Casey’s portrayal is written clearly in the short amount he takes up in this issue…and I’m not thrilled with it. As it stands, Campbell seems to be taking a sexist/toxic masculinity approach to Jones. I’m hoping Raph and Jones simply had some miscommunication and Casey is bent out of shape because of the loss of his father. But only time will tell what Campbell truly decides what to do with the Casey Jones character.
The issue concludes with the TMNT thwarting Hobb’s sniper attacks on the Mutant rally as that leads into the big confrontation of the Splinter Clan taking on the Mutanimals! This is a big moment for Leo as we’ll (hopefully) be able to witness his training come to fruition. It’s a big proving point for Leonardo himself, not to mention the TMNT as a whole since they started this dojo after the events nearly 20 issues ago!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119 is now available wherever comics are sold!