This week brings us the concluding issue to the first story arc of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe.

Is it good?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #4 (IDW Publishing)

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Observations

  • Gotta admit, Michelangelo makes a pretty good battering ram.
  • Kind of weird seeing Stockman not being a complete douche.
  • Good thing Donnie’s got that bionic/metallic shell.
  • Yeah, these are way cooler (and better) than Mousers.
  • Once again, Zodi is my spirit animal.
  • Uh…didn’t she get shot?
  • HA! Nice try, Raph.

Is It Good?

Yes, but the wheels did start to come off a bit.

Considering that this was supposed to be the story’s climax, it wasn’t anywhere near as exciting as the previous issues. It also waives off a major occurrence from the third issue that was a big part of the build up leading into this one.

I still absolutely hate the way Raphael is being written, but that gets canceled out some by Zodi, who might end up becoming my favorite non-reptile character in the TMNT mythos. I also like the way Allor is building an overarching threat for the Turtles (Bishop/EPF) while also giving us a skeptical viewpoint (Detective Lewis) from inside its operation.

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On the art side of things, Couceiro turns in another great issue, although I wish we’d gotten to see the same level of action and violence that we got in issues #1-3. That being said, he definitely makes the most of it when the EPF storms Stockman’s building.

And speaking of Stockman, how weird is it to feel yourself root for him a little? Allor deserves some serious credit just for making him into a likeable character, even if it was only for a few panels.

Let’s hope that next time Allor gets a turn writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe (which will hopefully be soon), he accelerates rather than slides to the end.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #4 Review
Zodi is my spirit animal.Allor does a great job building an overarching threat for the Turtles.Couceiro turns in another great issue, although I wish we’d gotten to see the same level of action and violence that we got in issues #1-3.
Considering that this was supposed to be the story’s climax, it wasn’t anywhere near as exciting as the previous issues.I can't stand the way Raphael is being written.It also waves off a major occurrence from the third issue that was a big part of the build up leading into this one.
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