Originally published at Comic Book Resources.com on Fri, June 1st, 2012 at 12:27PM (PDT)
What’s striking about Duncan’s artwork is the subtle facial expressions from Shredder. Though Shredder’s face is hidden behind a mask, readers can tell what the antagonist is actually thinking. Duncan just uses the whites of Shredder’s eyes, which have no pupils, to demonstrate whether he is either surprised or angry. Always appearing to be dominating, The Shredder is regularly standing in one specific pose as if he were a tyrannical dictator.
The snappy writing by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz allows the Turtles to come alive with their own distinct personalities. Eastman and Waltz also play around with the reader’s expectations of each Turtle’s behavior. While Leonardo is the official leader and Donatello is the brains, they have a tense argument midway through the plot. Always obedient to Splinter’s teachings, Leonardo is willing to open his mind about the paranormal. Donatello, a student of science and fact, isn’t going to blindly follow Leonardo’s mystical beliefs. Their heated debate quickly ends up becoming a yelling match between competing brothers.
Eastman and Waltz definitely have a knack for humorous dialogue. Just when all hope seems lost and war is brewing, a hilarious joke is thrown into the mix. While Donatello and Michelangelo become distracted in their childish fun, the hot-headed Raphael makes a laugh-out-loud remark. He sarcastically describes his juvenile brothers as “two nerd peas in a geek pod.”
Full of nonstop witty humor and ninjutsu action, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” #10 is a great source of amusing entertainment and fans of the TMNT series will be very excited by this installment’s cliffhanger.