TMNT Universe #1: A Review
Written by Paul Allor and Kevin Eastman
Art by Damian Couceiro and Ronda Pattison
In IDW’s latest release we get to see our favorite Mutant Turtles reunite to aid April O’Neil uncover the truth behind the Mutagenic Ooze that created so many mutants. TMNT Universe appears to pick up some time after the events that happen in the main story issues and one-shot’s that IDW has been publishing over the past few years. Admittedly I haven’t been following the comics lately but this issue is written in a way that one only needs to read them if you so desire. There is a few quick summaries in the dialogue that explain what has been happening. The only thing they don’t cover in the past is what the Turtles were doing individually while they were “finding themselves.”
While the Turtles are waiting on the roof of the building that April is in talking to Dr. Stockman. It seems that he was(as always) involved with Shredder and Krang, and April is trying to find out the extent of his knowledge. During this interrogation the Turtles notice some machine slipping into the building through a ventilation shaft. During the pursuit and subdual of the robot the Turtles discover a mutant Scorpion Woman who has just murdered a host of undercover agents. The agents appear to be government men, either FBI or CIA, and they are attempting to capture all humanoid mutants. The Turtles engage in combat with the Scorpion Woman who is extremely skilled and manages to escape with only minor injuries.
During their pursuit of the Scorpion Woman, the agents on the scene begin firing tranquilizers at the Turtles in an attempt to capture them. Donatello takes a dart to the neck and Raphael manages to get him safely inside before the agents can get to them. The story ends with a cliffhanger but is well worth the read. There’s also a short story at the end of the comic where we see Leonardo during the time of the Turtles separation. It shows Leo out in the streets tracking down a new breed of ninja from the Foot. Both the stories in this 40 page book are packed with action and violence. It seems the Turtles have aged very well and are just as dark and bad ass as always. I can’t wait to pick up more issues, and I’m glad to see that Eastman is still coming up with cool new characters while using some of the classics we grew up with.