Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate #1 Review

Writer: Henry Barajas

Art: Pablo Verdugo

Colors: Gigi Duterix

Letterer: Shawn Lee

Cover art: Pablo Verdugo and Gigi Duterix

Publisher: IDW

Price: $3.99

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Reviewer: Samriddh Chaudhary


Enter a new interpretation of The Mutant Ninja Turtles written originally for the mobile game format. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate #1 transports us into the exciting and vibrant world of the mobile game while introducing us to a new dynamic within the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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The Dispatch:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate #1 introduces us to the Turtles that lead the mobile game of the same name. The plot follows a simple direction and overall the book acts as a competent prelude to the game. The Turtles are given significant characterization throughout this issue specifically Raphael and Leonardo who are shown to be in conflict with each other because of their different ideologies when it comes to dealing with their enemies. Another character that receives a lot of characterization is Master Splinter who gets his time to shine while mitigating the conflict between Raphael and Leonardo. There are a few problems because the book in an attempt to advertise different aspects of the mobile game breaks the flow of the story multiple times which heavily reduces the quality of the reading experience

The Art:

The Art of this book is great. The Art contributes heavily to the appeal of the book. The designs for each non-human character are on point and each human character has an anime-esque design. The most outstanding part of the art is Gigi Duterix’s coloring as it completely transforms the comic from an average comic book to a vibrant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adventure.

Final Thoughts:

In conclusion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate #1 brings a fresh and intriguing perspective to the iconic Turtles franchise. The narrative, although straightforward, serves as a compelling prologue to the game, immersing readers into the Turtles’ world and dynamics. The art within the book is undeniably a highlight, elevating the overall experience with its well-crafted character designs and the vibrant coloring by Gigi Duterix. Despite its merits, the book stumbles in its attempts to seamlessly integrate mobile game elements, disrupting the story’s flow and impacting reading enjoyment.


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