The trip through Toad Baron’s psycodelic rabbit hole continues…

…okay, that sounded a lot grosser than I intended. Let’s just dig into the issue, shall we?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #10
Writers: Bobby Curnow, Sophie Campbell
Artist: Pablo Tunica, Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW


First Read Reactions

  • This party looks a whole lot better outside of reality.
  • Ah, c’mon. Toads need love, too.
  • Finally some backstory on Angel (and it’s all types of heartbreaking ☹).
  • “Play the unreleased Lords of Fighting 3 with Tony Bennett!”
  • Nothing stops a party faster than fighting guests and an enlarged/enraged host.

The Verdict

Even though this issue wasn’t really my thing, I still enjoyed it. What Sophie Campbell’s story lacked in appeal to my preference, it more than made up for it with some great dialogue and character exploration of Alopex and Angel.

The art is also great, particularly the many facial expressions and body shapes of Toad Baron. The best art in the issue, however, is reserved for Campbell, who draws a short backup story featuring the absolute cutest rendering of Pepperoni (the baby dinosaur, not the food) you’ll ever see.

The book’s ending also hints (or basically tells you) that this story will continue in the main turtle series. If you’d told me a couple months ago that a whimsical tale like this was going to continue by crossing over into another book, I would have groaned and rolled my eyes faster than Toad Baron at an MMA event. After these past two issue, however, I’m (surprisingly) interested to see what happens next.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #10 Review
What Sophie Campbell’s story may lack in appeal to people who don't like whimsical tales like this, it more than made up for it with some great dialogue and character exploration of Alopex and Angel.
The story manages to do some major storytelling behind a purposefully silly premise.
The art is great, particularly the many facial expressions and body shapes of Toad Baron.
The best art in the issue, however, is reserved for Campbell, who draws a short backup story featuring the absolute cutest rendering of Pepperoni (the baby dinosaur, not the food) you’ll ever see.
Not a big fan of whimsical stories like this (but this was still an objectively good issue).
7.5
Good