COMIC REVIEW: TMNT #124
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124
Story by Sophie Campbell
Art by Jodi Nishijima and Ken Garing (colors)
Published by IDW
Released December 15th, 2021
The TMNT and their Mutant Town neighbors celebrate the holidays, but not everyone is enjoying the times-the Turtles feel the absence of Master Splinter, tensions are rising in the neighborhood, and a new threat is emerging. Can the Turtles find their way back to the spirit of the season before disaster strikes?
SILENT NIGHT, NINJA NIGHT
It’s the last 2021 issue of TMNT! And despite bumpy narratives, needless romances, and lack of direction…Campbell and company closes the year with a quiet cozy story of family, friends, and togetherness for the holidays. It’s the type of issue that should come once in a blue moon considering an action title. But Campbell’s writing has shifted TMNT into a slice-of-life furry-drama, so while this issue isn’t a breath of fresh air…its execution is at least. A comic with no words. Yet a strong narrative led solely with artwork from the new Ken Garing and regular Jodi Nishijima. Let’s break it down, ninjas.
– A brisk cozy succinct holiday story filled with cameos and emotional memories.
– We’re focused on our Turtles brothers and delve into some memories with Splinter, who is sorely missed from the current series.
– Oroku Saki being a bro and looking out for the Splinter Clan.
– Nishijima and Garing’s artwork is NOT bad by any means, but overall feels like a step down from Ronda Pattinson. Though the linework has a great sense of movement, and could make for some great action panels down the line.
Notes: TMNT #124 is a solid side note in the current story. I enjoyed the creatively silent approach to the issue (especially when “Ninja” is in the title). I loved the cameos, seeing Casey back with the gang, as well as the Turtles’ memories with Master Splinter. The tease of the next baddies and assumption of those annoying weasels being gone could (hopefully) lead us to stronger issues for 2022. Have a Cowabunga Christmas, kids.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124 is now available wherever comics are sold!