Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #3
Writer: Gary Carlson
Artist/Cover: Frank Fosco
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “This is it! The entire TMNT Volume 3, reproduced for the first time ever in full four-color glory! Join creators Gary Carlson and Frank Fosco as they take the Heroes in a Half-Shell on some of their most amazing and dangerous and bizarre adventures ever… In this issue, Leonardo desperately seeks out the lost Master Splinter and the badly wounded Donatello via the Astral Plane, while Mikey and Raph are caught in a fight for their lives against Pimiko and her attacking minions!”
Once again, the TMNT are faced with some intense scenarios. As Pimko and her female ninja team descend upon the TMNT, Leo is stuck in the astral plane, Master Splinter is still missing, Donatello is hopelessly hurt from his fall. As the turtles are fighting Pimko, Master Splinter is getting to know his mysterious host. Leo finds both Donatello and Master Splinter in the astral plane, but is he too late to save Donatello? The team finds Donatello, but his condition is grave, to say the least.
Gary Carlson is unforgiving in his abuse to the turtles, and yet, there is something in each issue that continues to draw readers into the next issue. Though things look terribly bleak for the TMNT, I have hope that there is plenty action to come. As for Carlson’s writing, the story has created a nice rhythm for readers, where the suspense and action are perfectly balanced. The story continues to draw on elements of horror and science fiction, blending them into the more classic elements of the story.
As always, Frank Fosco’s gritty art perfectly compliments Carlson’s story, dark, bleak, and just a touch hopeless. The colors in issue range from bright scenes between Master Splinter and Komodo to dark fight scenes between the turtles and Pimko.
The Bottom Line:
TMNT Urban Legends #3 is another terrific issue. Carlson continues to keep the pace, building on previous issues, while also growing the storyline. Fosco’s art continues to impress, setting the perfect tone for each panel.