Story: Caleb Goellner
Art: Chad Thomas
Backup Story: Matthew K. Manning and Jerry Gaylord
Ink Assist: Penelope Gaylord
Colours: Heather Breckel
Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow
Publisher: Ted Adams
It’s been a little while since I’ve read an issue of this series but such is it’s fun content that you can dip in and out. It’s pretty much one and done self contained stories based on the excellent ongoing TMNT cartoon on Nickelodeon with various artists and writers coming in and providing their own takes on the universe. Unsurprisingly this series is mainly aimed at younger audiences but people like myself who are obsessed with the franchise and grew up with it are sure to get something out of it as well.
The main story of this issue deals with Muckman, a friendly, one time human sewer worker who was hit by mutagen and turned into a living pile of garbage who the turtles seeing interviewed on tv proclaiming to be the new super vigilante that the city can trust. Muckman is an ally of the turtles and is well meaning but essentially he’s a big, clumsy goof who’s more likely to get himself hurt than help. When Baxter Stockman sets his mousers loose in the city the turtles leap in to save the city….and Muckman.
It’s all silly fun and thoroughly enjoyable light read which is exactly what is needed for this kind of series. Caleb Goellner gets it, he gets the characters and the mood of the series and is amply helped by the expressive and frenetic artwork of the always on point Chad Thomas.
As usual there’s a little backup story that deals with a day in the life of several characters from the series. It’s a fun idea but most of the jokes and punchlines fall a little flat. It’s still a fun issue overall and well worth it for kids and big kids alike…..that’s embarrassingly cliche for me but hey it’s true. I can imagine parents reading this with their kids and having a blast with it. Job done.