TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANIMALS #1 Is Solid Turtle-Verse Fun – Comic Review
Welcome to what it’s like outside of being a mutated turtle. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutanimals #1 brings together Old Hob, Slash, Mondo Gecko, Herman the Hermit Crab, and Pigeon Pete in their own miniseries adventure. This adventure of rag-tag mutants kickin’ butt is just what you’d expect from any TMNT-related story, but definitely more serious than what classic TMNT cartoon fans would expect. Now, I haven’t been following the TMNT ongoing series, but from what I’ve read, the Turtles are not complete quirky cornballs like their cartoon counterparts. The first four issues I’ve read followed the tone of the 80’s comics. The involvement of a TMNT co-creator, Kevin Eastman, has helped establish this new TMNT universe’s tone. Frankly, I love what I’ve read.
This brings me to the fast-paced Mutanimals #1. It’s exactly that, fast-paced, and will probably resonate most with existing fans of the TMNT universe. Not to say it’s a hack job of an issue either. I enjoyed it very much. The characters are completely underdeveloped for new readers but what’s given paints a great picture of personality types. Developed enough to execute great drama, comedic moments and general interest. When a character asks to be killed, I totally fell into the moment. When the sexual orientation of a character is revealed, it’s gracefully executed. Writer Paul Allor does a great job with dialog and story beats, knowing he is limited to a four issue arc. While artist Andy Kuhn does an amazing job with character expressions and action, and sequential art in general. Their combined efforts execute a great first issue adding to the ever-expanding lore of this universe.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutanimals #1 is solid fun. There’s no reason to consider otherwise just because the Turtles are not actually in it. It’s also great to just jump into a story and not have it bogged down with exposition. If you have any interest to see other anthropomorphic mutants doing their thing, beyond the Ninja Turtles, give Mutanimals a shot.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutanimals #1
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Paul Allor
Art by Andy Kuhn
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Shawn Lee