It was a little disgusting how long it took me to find a photo of this cover… especially for it to turn out too small, but fairly enlightening in terms of 1.) how little fan base there seems to be for the TMNT when compared to something that has many fewer interesting stories like… I don’t know, Batman or Spiderman. and 2.) a thumbnail picture of me appeared on the second page of every google search… weird.
Nevertheless, this miniseries is quickly turning into one of the best of the year.
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This issue which, to my knowledge, was almost entirely done by Jim Lawson is amazing. His pencils have never looked better, and his writing is astounding.
This issue has very little dialogue, but a couple of thought bubbles to give you some insight into Donatello’s thought process.
At first glance, this issue may appear as the typical mystery story where Donatello is running around and running into this thing by happenstance just to finally put it together in the end, but it’s much deeper than that.
Lawson truly gives an idea of how much of a genius Donatello is by having Donatello observe the mystery and put the pieces together just by thinking. Sure, there’s some discovering that’s during action scenes, but it serves a deeper purpose.
The pacing of this issue is incredibly beautiful. Truly, I nominate it for the best pacing award ever.
Sure there’s fight scenes, and they’re pretty damn badass while being completely easy to follow. And yes, there’s some pretty messed up stuff that happens. Nevertheless, Lawson paces it according to how Donatello acts and thinks which is incredibly talented. Plus, the scene with the Baxter bot is priceless as Donatello leaves… and I think his “bite me” remark is much deeper than a late 90s phrase that’s gone out of style… I think Donatello is asserting his authority over Baxter and, frankly, challenging him.
Plus, I believe Lawson completely feels at home here. He’s been criticized through the years at not being equally as good at drawing humans as he is at creatures. Well, a human doesn’t appear until the end, and when he does, he’s pretty damn detailed and idiosyncratic. So, I suppose that’s a “shove it” to critics.
Lawson’s pencils also seemed to have gotten an “edgier” feel to them in this issue. I don’t really know how to explain it since it really helps if you’ve read a lot of Lawson pencilled comics, but it’s unique and incredibly interesting.
The super detailed backgrounds don’t detract from the comic at all, and really enhance the scenery.
The brain part really was surprising despite being in the title(s)… so, look out for it.
All in all, this is by far one of the best issues of the year.