Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything Graphic Novel Review
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop And Rocksteady Destroy Everything” is a bogus journey.
On the day of the home video release of TMNT: Out of the Shadows (reviewed here: https://dvdcorner.net/2016/09/01/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadows-blu-ray-review/ ) it seemed only fitting to review a new upcoming trade paperback release of an IDW Comics TMNT comic book mini-series titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop And Rocksteady Destroy Everything” (due out Oct. 4, 2016). Unlike the underrated ‘Out of the Shadows,’ however, ‘Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything’ is not a TMNT story to celebrate.
Since describing the story of this 5 issue mini-series in great detail would involve too many spoilers, I felt it would be more appropriate to merely hint at what readers can expect. In a turtle shell, the story (which is written by Dustin Weaver and based on an idea by Weaver and Ben Bates) involves the villainous Time Master Savant Romero, time travel, a Time Master named Renet, the Ninja Turtes, Bebop and Rocksteady (obviously), a time scepter, alternate timelines/dimensions, a museum, and time potentially being destroyed. You will just have to see how all of these elements connect.
On paper, a time travel story that puts the spotlights on two beloved Turtle foes sounds like an enticing idea, but alas, Dustin Weaver’s script leaves a lot to be desired. This wordy comic tale is a convoluted mess from the start. It becomes so messy, in fact, that Donatello even breaks the fourth wall to explain the story (which doesn’t work in the context of the story either). Had the story been more focused instead of including so many different timelines, it might have worked better. Instead, it’s a chaotic and tedious adventure that offers only a few memorable moments ala when Bebop and Rocksteady humorously meet their past human selves.
On the plus side, the story LOOKS visually appealing. The art by Sophie Campbell, Dustin Weaver, Ben Bates, Giannis Milogiannis, Damien Couceiro, and Ryan Browne (with additional art by 5 other artists) is first rate. The environments are detailed and stylish, the panel layouts are appealing, and the characters are all well drawn (although the scale of Bebop and Rocksteady is too big at times). I was particularly fond of seeing the different art styles during each time period they were in such as the cretaceous period and the future.
As an added bonus, the trade paperback concludes with a cover art gallery (love the 2 action figure packaging pieces of Bebop and Rocksteady by Robert Atkins) as well as sketches and storyboards.
Overall Thoughts: I wish I could say ‘Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything’ is a blast, but it’s not. Stick with the original Eastman and Laird comics, folks.
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