REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2

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Writer: Paul Allor

Colours: Ronda Pattison

Letterer: Chris Mowry

Editor: Bobby Curnow

Publisher: Ted Adams


Back up story:

Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz

Script: Tom Waltz

Layouts: Kevin Eastman

Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz

Colourist: Tom Varga


Issue one of “universe” was a nice refreshing change from the continuity of the ongoing series and issue two continues that fresh feeling of stand alone stories. That’s not to say that every issue will be one and done as this is clearly a little arc playing out over the next couple of issues. The mysterious scorpion mutant that appeared in issue one is running rampant around Baxter’s building and the Turtles have no idea what her motive is. Usually when a new mutant appears in this franchise it’s usually pretty clear if they are going to be fighting for good or evil but in this case we seem to have a tweener……a character that is treading the line between good and bad. She saves Raphael at one point but her vigilante style methods don’t end with an arse kicking, this mutant fights to the death. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. Meanwhile Bishop and his group “The Earth Protection Force” are entering the building with the objective of capturing every mutant inside. The Turtles and April are trapped and one of them is severely injured. Not a good time to be a mutant.

Writer Paul Allor is well versed with the franchise and knows the characters well so his stuff is always a good read but it’s all a little exposition heavy in this issue. More could have been done to forward the story and it just seemed a little slow. It’s not a major problem though as what is here is still good characterisation and fun mystery with good art from Damian Couceiro who is coloured by the always impressive Ronda Pattison.

Much like my review for issue one the main event for me is the backup story from the team of co creator Kevin Eastman and the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s a simple Mirage style backup but the art is just as beautifully grimy as I’d hoped. Eastman did the layouts for Sienkiewicz who took them and made them his own. Two of my favourite artists coming together even for a short backup story is something I’ll never tire of. Good stuff all round.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #2








        • Nice art
        • back story
        • mysterious new character


        • exposition heavy