The new miniseries focusing on Donatello has finally come out after his other brothers have graced their miniseries (Leonardo: Blind Sight, Raphael: Bad Moon Rising, and Michaelangelo: The Third Kind), and this one delights incredibly… incredibly.
Donatello has always been my sister’s favorite turtle. I mean, I’ve always been a completely Leonardo focused guy, but this one issue has made a compelling argument for me to reconsider.
Taking into account that Donatello has been the one to use deadly force the least until the “City at War” arc. Donatello only uses deadly force in bursts and they’re very dark… One of my favorite moments was when Donatello finally kills Baxter Stockman, and this issue preludes those events.
Jim Lawson really does a number here. The comic only has dialogue on about half the pages, and I love that. There’s a huge, dark tone working here where you can tell Lawson truly cares about this story and these characters. There’s a mysterious element that comes along through Lawson’s amazing pacing, and he perfectly conveys (through his writing and pencils) that once in a great while, even Donatello doesn’t have an answer for the mystery.
The one thing that I would have liked would have been for Eric Talbot to ink the sewer scenes a bit darker. He does an excellent job recreating the scene when the turtles fight and defeat Stockman with some wonderful lighting, but the darker inking in the sewer could have created more of a noir element to the issue.
The writing’s beautiful, the art’s wonderful, and I truly love this comic. It was by far one of the best pulls of the week and perhaps the month.