Review – TMNT: Dimension X #1 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Paul Allor
Artwork: Pablo Tunica
Release Date: 2nd August 2017

Spinning out of the new ‘Trial of Krang’ arc in this week’s TMNT #73, Dimension X is a brand new five-part mini-series which sees our four brothers travelling the galaxy in an attempt to track down witnesses to testify against the Utrom despot in his upcoming war crimes tribunal.

It’s a fun premise, custom-built to give the creators – Paul Allor and Pablo Tunica, in this case – ample opportunity to flex their creative muscle and put the Turtles into some truly unusual situations. And that’s exactly what happens here in this first issue, with Allor introducing us to Go’Mo, a world with “emotion-based physics” and a skittish, amorphous blob of a witness who changes colour depending on how he’s feeling.

The one-and-done story ticks a lot of boxes, introducing some neat ideas and giving us a much better look at awesome new villain Hakk-R, who proves to be every bit as adept mentally as he is physically, outsmarting the turtles in a fairly convincing fashion here. The dialogue is lively and tinged with humour, and, much like the main story which kicked off in TMNT #73, this series feels like an affectionate throwback to the classic cartoons of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Visually, Tunica does an impressive job of bringing the planet of Go’Mo and its inhabitants to life, although I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of his work on the brothers themselves, which feels like it draws heavily on the recent live action movie style.  A matter of personal taste for sure, and putting that to one side, the pages are crackling with energy and lively action – particularly once the aforementioned “emotion-based physics” kick in.

A lively, enjoyable stand-alone story then, and while reading the first chapter of the ‘Trial of Krang’ arc is definitely recommended before picking this one up, it’s by no means essential. So, with four more issues, four more planets and four more witnesses to be rounded up, this is shaping up to be an incredibly enjoyable supplementary series.  Well worth a look.

Rating: 4/5.

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