Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #53

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman Artist: Michael Dialynas Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: December 23, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Michelangelo is warmly welcomed when he visits the Mutanimals. But the hospitality may be cut short when he discovers what Hob's new plan is...

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Dec 22, 2015

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #53 finally started to shine some hope into this new direction, with it's potential starting to rise to the surface. It also gives us some interesting new developments for our heroes, leaving me excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 23, 2015

    The art isn't quite as well-suited to the more dramatic scenes, though, and too often his human character look too young - even childlike. But on the whole, this is a satisfying chapter that celebrates Mikey's new status quo while also setting the stage for an intriguing new conflict featuring some other long-running villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Dec 21, 2015

    Dialynas work on the Woods is evident here.  This represents a change in style Ken Garing's work earlier in this story arc.  It is particularly evident in his work with the more human characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Dec 29, 2015

    The TMNT franchise has, to its core, focused on family, and that remains true here. The relationship dynamics between the Mutanimals contrast nicely with the natural chemistry of the Turtles. Though they desire a strong familial bond, there is an underlying wariness between the Mutanimals. Their desire to be do-gooders causes them to look the other way when it comes to their leader. Considering their rise in status, it appears that Eastman and Waltz are setting them up for a Shakespearean downfall. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn Dec 24, 2015

    While still a very enjoyable visit with characters that have been off the scene for a while, this new tale seems to be still in a shaky early stage after the closing off of so many rich story strands in issue 50. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Dec 24, 2015

    Compared to last issue, however, this plot issue seems almost inconsequential. It's nice to be back to the tight dialogue and fluid action sequences that been a hallmark of the series. It's still not up to par with what we're used to, but things finally seem to be getting back on track. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Dec 23, 2015

    I was surprised by the off beat humor of the book, which reminded me more of Eric Powell's “The Goon” than a kid's comic. The art also had a quarky feel to it that paired nicely with the story.The first few pages, where we are introduced to the Mutanimals, is worth a read only. All in all this was a solid outing by the TMNT crew, but I just wish I had stepped into the story a few issues sooner. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jan 15, 2016

    An issue with just Mikey and the Mutanimals, so that's cool.

  • 7.5
    myconius Feb 11, 2016

    definitely a step up in the art department from last issue. it's been a rough emotional ride for Michelangelo ever since leaving his family at the end of issue #50. he's pretty much been on his own up until now. i have to say it was great to see Michelangelo smile again, but him joining up with the Mutanimals, you just know that Old Hob has something nefarious up his sleeve.

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