Tales of the TMNT #62

17 Sep

I missed Tales of the TMNT #61 because I was moving back to Tacoma from Bend which was really disappointing because it was/is a Tristan Jones’ scribed tale, and he has quickly become one of my favorite writers.  Nevertheless, Ryan Brown tackles Mikey’s emotional grief over the loss of his cat, Klunk, and finds a new friend in this comic.

First off, I have to say that I really enjoyed the writing of this issue… for the most part.  I found myself tickled by this light-hearted tale with a frustrated Rapheal trying to help Mikey out of his rut.  It was especially nice to find out that the story’s based on a true story of some of the Mirage crew.  However, in some places I found the dialogue to be a bit forced and drawn out.  Other than that, though, it was funny and sweet and unlike most other things in comics today.

In that respect, I’m really proud/happy/excited/honored that Mirage continues to do their own thing especially as the Big Two become even more corporate.  Mirage puts out the stories they want and take chances on things that may be unconventional.  Sure, there’s genetic testing in this story and aliens and mutated animals(!), but there’s something special about it because it shows something that’s fairly arbitrary: watching a friend’s pet.  No other things in print that come with pictures handle such minute topics with extreme detail that still add to the whole of characterization and the gigantic, singular story.

Sure, it doesn’t always pay off.  Sure, I’ve occasionally been turned off by a story or two and thought, “was that really necessary?”  Nevertheless, Mirage is creator-friendly, artist-friendly, and consumer-friendly.  Can any other company claim that?

Alright, I went on a bit of a tangent…  The one thing that sort of put me down about this issue was the art.  I don’t necessarily think it’s bad… it just seems inappropriate or unatural.  The action scenes seem a little forced, and it freaked me out that Raphael almost always has a smile on his face.  The art just doesn’t seem to bridge the gap between the cute, friendly part of the story and the terrifying aspect of someone’s pet going crazy and no one believing you.

Overall, this was, once again, another consistent output from Mirage in the Tales of the TMNT series.  Take a chance and pick it up.  It will be well worth it.

35StarRatingscopy.jpg picture by PseudoPsychic

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