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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #113's dystopian-esque illustrations mesh wonderfully with the written narrative.
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Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #113 – Can We Change Fate?

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #113, available in comic book stores on Wednesday, January 20th, dives into the mysteries of time travel. A future version of Lita travels to the Turtle’s present in hopes of preventing dystopia in her own time. But knowing one’s destiny may prevent one from actually changing it. Readers will find that despite the numerous challenges the Turtles face in the present, the situation could prove exponentially worse if they don’t work together.

Story

This issue opens with an adult Lita in an unknown temple set in the future. Readers can tell she’s on a mission, taking a mysterious staff from a throne. She uses this to travel to the past in hopes of rewriting her family’s history.

Back in the present, readers find the Turtles’ nemesis Karai on a rooftop with none other than Hob; the person responsible for unleashing the Mutant Bomb. The villain appears to have gained access to a number of crated housing some creatures that readers might remember from issues past.

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While this is all taking place, the Turtles continue to lead self-defense classes for the community. Their sole purpose at this point appears to be the disruption of Hob’s Mutant Town empire. But when Lita arrives on the scene, her foreboding words call for an altered perspective.

Sophie Campbell’s writing asks readers an important question: how much control do we have over our destiny? If certain events are set to take place, do we have the ability to choose otherwise?

One thing is certain: Lita and the Turtles have a long road ahead of them. Will Lita’s dystopian vision come to fruition?

Artwork

The illustrations in this dystopian-esque issue flow well with the narrative. Campbell’s penciling and ink work transitions smoothly from the dystopian future scenes to those set in the present. These are fleshed out more starkly with Ronda Pattison’s coloring, which uses lighter shades for the present events and darker colors for the future scenes. In addition, letterer Shawn Lee’s word balloons are placed effectively in each panel, helping pace the reader so they can take in every detail.

Conclusion

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #113 ups the ante in the already fragile environment of Mutant Town. And now that time travel has been introduced, we’re sure to see more mind-boggling events in issues to come.

Do you think Lita can really change the team’s future? Let us know in the comments below!

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Corey Patterson
A comic book nerd and reviewer with a special interest in the underlying themes of superhero, sci-fi and fantasy stories. He enjoys writing for Monkeys Fighting Robots, Pop Culture and Theology and other publications.