TMNT 107 Review – The Turtles Go from Hope to Horror

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TMNT 107 Review – The Turtles hit some expected hiccups as they become more and more apart of this new mutant community
TMNT 107 Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #107 has the turtles coming together, not only making a new home in Mutant Town, but building and leading a community. Everyone has a role and many are requiring them to step up in a new and unique way. As we see the turtles adjust to their new life and mission, we also see the return of the mousers, and the legend of the child-snatching “Slithery.” The Turtles dismiss “The Slithery” as a legend, but as children in mutant town begin to go missing, they discover that there is some truth to the stories. As one of the Turtle’s young students, Lita, goes missing, the Turtles find themselves at the cross-section, of the Mousers and “The Slithery.”

TMNT 107 is a really enjoyable issue. Something about seeing the Turtles grow up a bit and be able to be part of a community instead of having to hide from society is very gratifying to me. In particular, I really liked seeing Donatello scale back his usual out of this world technological inventing to getting things working and powered in Mutant Town. It’s also really interesting to see them make new friends and get to be normal. Also, the seeds of being born a mutant and being turned into one, as well as animals turned humanoid and humans turned animal-ish are beginning to sprout.  There’s definitely going to be some larger philosophical issues that come from that.

But with all the nuance masterfully taking shape, the more obvious and expected problems are begging to take place. The return of the mousers sets the stage for Stockman’s true motives for becoming the mayor. Then there’s the brilliant horror setting that closes out the issue. I won’t say much about that because I don’t want to spoil too many things. But I will say, though the situation and events are very much horror tropes, it is amazingly well done. How the Turtles end up in such a cliche horror trope, is incredibly well set up and executed and feels very organic and real to the story. Sophie Campbell knows the destination is familiar but makes the journey too it feel brand new.

Lastly, I want to briefly cover the art of the issue. While there wasn’t a particular page or frame that I would want a print of. Nelson Daniel does a great job of giving the Turtles unique fashion. It’s not flash or anything, as the garbs look like salvaged material, which makes perfect sense considering the ill-supplied quarantine they are in. But, each Turtle still has their own unique choice in clothing. It’s nothing glaringly obvious, but for example, Jennika is in full ninja garb, Mikey where’s a hooded vest, Donnie where’s something that looks like a tunic, and Leo and Raph go shirtless. Little things that kind of says a lot about the characters. Jennika worked to be ninja, while the others are working to be normal. It’s a slight nod, but one of those details that shows the depth of the series.

TMNT 107 is a ramp-up issue. The Turtles are beginning to move forward and start the next phase of their lives, learning more about themselves, and making some mistakes. But as they start to resolve on matter, their regular chaotic life comes creeping its way back in and creates a whole new set of problems. 107 creates a lot of questions and leaves you needing answers. If you want answers to questions you didn’t even think of asking yet, make sure to check out the TMNT ANNUAL 2020 issue as well. My TMNT 107 Review gets a 4/5.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #107 is on sale now. Head to your local comic shop to pick up your physical copy, or click the cover to pick it up from Amazon/Comixology.

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TMNT 107 is a ramp-up issue. The Turtles are beginning to move forward and start the next phase of their lives, learning more about themselves, and making some mistakes. But as they start to resolve on matter, their regular chaotic life comes creeping its way back in and creates a whole new set of problems. 107 creates a lot of questions and leaves you needing answers.

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