The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles capitalise on the zombie trend in this issue. After watching a zombie marathon, Mikey finds that his nightmares have become a reality.
TMNT has really done well in the last year. The Nickelodeon show has managed to give the franchise the much needed boost that it deserved. This comic is based on the animated series, so expect to see gat-toothed Donatello and the rest of the turtles presented in the same fashion as their current TV counterparts. What this also means is that you are not given the violence and grit of the classic TMNT comics. These stories serve as a continuation of the TV series and, like the TV series, you will find this new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be quite refreshing and enjoyable.
Though the plot of TMNT: The Animated Adventures #3 is rather weak, the humour is great and each turtle really lends their character to the tale. Whilst each turtle manages to generate a laugh or two, Michelangelo is the central character of this tale and he provides some great comedy. You cannot help but enjoy the youthful mind and nature of Michelangelo at work.
The Turtles are well drawn, looking friendly and appealing to the younger reader, although they do show off some deadly moves. The actions and movements of the characters are expressed well. The reader is able to follow action sequences with ease, even though the majority of the comic is rather detailed. The colouring is great as it is meant for the younger reader. You will find that a large amount of bright colours are used, even for the wording of sound effects. Neon pink and neon green seem to be among the favourite colours used in this issue.
TMNT: The Animated Adventures #3 is a fairly entertaining read that, although aimed at younger readers, is still a good enough read for the older audience. While the plot and story does not involve any real twists or turns, it does offer some great dialogue that is often used to set up the punch lines for juvenile jokes that really send the reader back to their teens. After all, they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For the mature reader looking for a gritty TMNT adventure, this might not be your slice. You might want to grab a copy of TMNT Classics Volume 6 instead.