Writer: Sophie Campbell
Artist: Pablo Tunica
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
what’s it about?
The earth-shattering story arc conclusion! Punk Frogs, mad vivisectionists, frankenmutants, and psychic powers… and VENUS—the TMNT and their friends have had their hands full of late with all kinds of twisted and terrifying chaos. And now, to top it all off, a new problem waiting to happen is rocketing its way to Mutant Town from Burnow Island!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #130 is a fun mix of original black and Eastman and Laird books and the colorful and chaotic Archie Comics books. Admittedly, this wasn’t the best book for me to pick up considering I’m not exactly up to date on TMNT storylines and lore but it was reader friendly enough that I could understand where the story was and where it is going. I normally judge a comic by its accessibility but this issue is clearly the end of an arc so all is forgiven! Several characters were familiar to me as a lifelong TMNT fan like Venus and the Punk Frogs. The last few pages depicting Shredder, who I assume is deceased, interacting with Leo as some kind of Force Ghost, is a welcome and interesting angle that I’m onboard to see developed in the next story arc.
Campbell did a stellar job wrapping up seemingly several separate storylines while simultaneously introducing new ones but this issue should’ve been two; not one. There was simply too much going on in this issue for it to be concluded within 32 pages. Seeing Venus was a weird surprise since the last time I saw her was in the live action Ninja Turtles: the Next Mutation and it wasn’t a good fit then and I wonder how she will fit in now. Tunica is a fun artist with erratic lines and interesting facial expressions but several characters were drawn inconsistently throughout the issue to the point of distraction. TMNT #130 was an exciting concluding arc but tackled too much within a limited space.