This new issue of TMNT from IDW actually surprised me. I was fairly disappointed with the last issue, but this one piqued my interest yet again. I suppose part of the problem with the series so far has been the Turtles have not had their own distinct voices. Sure, you could differentiate them from the human characters but the turtles who are the headliners did not have as strong of personalities.
This issue rectifies some of those problems. We are presented with (generally) two great scenes where Raphael and Casey Jones get to know each other and where the three other brothers discuss their fruitless quest to discover their brother who may not even exist. Raphael and Casey Jones are a bit more sentimental than usual (at least so early in a series), but I really enjoyed their conversation. The other scene with Mikey, Donnie, and Leo nails the character’s voices. The scripting/story by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman seemed to drastically pick up quality in this third issue as opposed to the last one. I feel like the series is just now starting to feel comfortable with itself.
One of my primary problems with the last issue was the inconsistencies with the art. Luckily, nothing glaring occurred in this issue. I was actually kind of surprised when I saw that Dan Duncan could handle basic talking scenes as opposed to action so well. His art still has that dynamic fluidity but it is becoming a bit more reserved and for the better.
TMNT #3 isn’t amazing by a longshot, but it is at least entertaining enough to justify picking up a trade later down the road rather than shelling out the $3.99 pricetag now.