Little is Not Enough in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X 5

by Taylor Anderson

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X 5

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

In his discussion about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X 4, Patrick talked about how there was just too much going on in the issue.  If anything, the next issue in the series suffers from the exact opposite. Following the same format as the four issues that came before it, 5 has little more to offer than the issues which proceeded it which, at times, make the issue feel painfully thin.

This go around the Turtles are on planet Totus, which itself doubles as one giant organism. The crux of the issue is the fact that the turtles can’t take an entire planet to court as a witness, but this problem is quickly solved when they find a mutant split off from the planet — a result of Krang’s war crimes of course.

This little plant guy quickly agrees to testify against Krang for his planet and all ends up well. The overtly tidy way this wraps up the the conflict of the issue is less then satisfying, but this in and of itself isn’t what dooms this issue to boredom. Instead, it’s the obvious fluff pages included here that seem added solely to reach page count. There are several instances of these throughout the issue but perhaps the most egregious example is when there is a one page cut to the Neutrinos helping out the turtles.

Simply put, there’s no reason why this page should be included in the issue. It doesn’t affect the primary plot, it’s not entertaining, and it doesn’t help us understand these ancillary characters any better. This hints at the fact that after five issues, creative teams are beginning to struggle with new ways to keep this series interesting. The charm of the weirdness of Dimension X has worn off and has revealed a plot device that is formulaic and in much need of sprucing up. The question is, will that happen before the series concludes?

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

One comment on “Little is Not Enough in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dimension X 5

  1. In an ultimate twist of weirdness – this IS the end of the Dimension X series. Arguably, the story concludes in the main series during the Trial of Krang, but this is the last we’re going to see of this mini. It seems like editorial took the exact opposite approach to last year’s summer event, and instead of bringing on a tight team to knit together an intense, singular story, Curnow gave a lot of new (or new-to-TMNT) talent teams the abstract and let them run wild with it. A little continuity — even in the form of a unifying theme — would have been a nice way to knot these disparate stories together, but more often than not they were a parade of weird for weird’s sake, with very few of the series’ high standards upheld.

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