Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33
by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco, & Ronda Pattison
Reader Appeal/Publisher Rating: Teens and up
Genre: Superhero / Fantasy
After a hiatus, the Turtles are back in NYC! Raph, Mikey, Don, and Leo are on the trail of the Foot Clan and Shredder once more. This issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) is full of action and battling emotions!
The majority of this issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is dedicated not to the turtles, but to a newer henchman of Shredder’s named Hun. Hun’s son Casey is in close with the turtles and he was in college on a hockey scholarship. But when Shredder stabbed Casey, he lost the scholarship and he’s no longer motivated to finish. When Hun finds out that it was his trusted boss that stabbed his son, he must make the difficult decision of where his alliances lie.
Meanwhile, the TMNT have recently come back to New York. But they’re a little rusty on their crime fighting skills so they must train before they are strong enough to take on the Foot Clan. The 4 must work quickly though before Shredder finds out that they have returned.
The writing and dialogue in issue 33 was very well done. With only a little bit of action spread throughout, the main theme of this issue is emotion. Emotion can often be hard to convey in a comic, but this one does it very well. The story really does make the reader feel for the character of Hun and get involved in his convoluted decision-making. While some of the dialogue does feel a bit forced or over the top, the majority of it is strong enough to carry the couple weak spots. The biggest weakness for me was coming into this story arc part of the way through. Most of it made sense, but I could definitely tell there was some stuff I was missing out on.
Artistically, TMNT is pretty strong. There is a lot of good use of varying color themes and shadows to portray different locations and memories. The strongest point of the art is the way the pages are broken up. There are some excellent viewpoints that are strongly highlighted with variations in size and shape of the frames.
This comic has a little bit of mild profanity sprinkled throughout as well as some stylized action violence. Parents may also want to be aware of the strong emotional themes throughout
This is a strong addition to the TMNT world, but I recommend checking out the previous issues before picking this one up.
Let’s Talk About It
If your family members are interested in this book, then encourage discussion about it afterward. You can use these questions to get started:
• How would you have reacted if you were in Hun’s place?
• How would you have reacted if you were in Casey’s place?
• What do you think the next move will be for the turtles as they prepare to take on the Foot Clan?
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