Chris Cooper reviews the latest in IDW ‘Villains’ series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Micro-Series #4 – Alopex…
“Alopex, the first mutant of the Foot Clan, has quickly become one of Shredder’s most useful agents. However, when she sets out to learn more about her past, she discovers a devastating truth that could have her questioning everything she knows about the Foot Clan!”
I’ll be the first to admit I saw Alopex as a rather one note character. A striking design, but what could she really add? Writer Brian Lynch has changed my perception, as he brings us a simple story that could have far reaching effects.
The opening scene is very interesting, and sets the tone for the issue. Her polite and amusing put downs endeared me to her, whilst her choice of weaponry (and jokes about some of it) intrigued me.
The story then follows Alopex as she heads out on a mission with her master, The Shredder. Things quickly take a surprising direction for her though as the Saki looks to move her on to the next level.
I won’t go too far into the story, but I get the distinct impression that The Shredder’s hubris with regards to who will be his second in command will lead to big trouble later on. It could even be a fight to usurp him, though surely he must know what he is up too?
For an issue that not on has a mainly white character, but also makes extensive use of a white backdrop, the artwork comes across very well. It could easily become a sea of boring white pages, but artist Ross Campbell makes great use of a limited palette, using vivid splashes of colour to great effect. The work is reminiscent of Mateus Santolouco, who is currently doing some amazing work in the main title.
Each issue of the series has been decent on its own. Last month’s Old Hob tale gave us more than just a backstory, and this month we not only find out about this fox’s past, but also what her future could hold. Maybe I was harsh at first, but this series has found its feet.