The Turtles’ intergalactic quest for trial witnesses continues, this time on a planet with giant deep-sea fish that fly.

First Read Reactions

  • Raph sounds like an international policy advisor for the current White House.
  • Leo still sounds like Leo.
  • Krang is like that kid in school who is popular, but no one actually likes.
  • Someone should tell Krang that loyalty is a two way street.
  • Always nice to find a giant eye when you’ve lost your own.
  • Pizza and fighting sounds like a fun day to me (as long as I get to just watch).
  • Cue cheesy after school special music.

The Verdict

We may have gotten a new creative team for this issue, but the series doesn’t look any closer to becoming good.

For starters, the moral speechifying near the end made the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth seem deeply introspective–and the issue’s big “twist” isn’t as surprising as it is inconsequential and somewhat lame. That being said, I did like the dynamic we ended up seeing between the two new characters the issue introduced.

The art is good too, particularly the scenes in which the Turtles’ latest witness for Krang’s trial mops the floor with everyone. Also, we don’t get nearly enough Hakk-R (who was by far the best part of the first issue), but he totally steals the show with a hilarious final panel.

Otherwise, though, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #2 is a fairly bland and predictable read that never rises above the level of being pleasant–and is mostly just dull. It definitely feels like this creative team has more than enough juice to do something cool, but it doesn’t quite happen here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X #2
Is it good?
A fairly bland and predictable read that never rises above the level of being pleasant—and is mostly just dull.
The art looks great.
Hakk-R steals the show with one fantastic panel...
...unfortunately, that's all we get to see of him.
The moral speechifying near the end made the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth seem deeply introspective.
You can see the story beats coming from a mile away--and the issue's big "twist" is fairly inconsequential.
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Meh