Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Booknote: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire

 Paul Allor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire. San Diego, CA: IDW, 2014. ISBN: 9781631400247.

This is a title for fans of the TMNT who want to know more about Krang and the Utrom Empire. Krang is ramping up his plans to conquer Earth. Baxter Stockman, unbeknownst to Krang, has plans of his own and seeks to foil Krang. Caught in the middle is Fugitoid, an escaped robot who hopes to reach the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for help. Fugitoid has all the information about the Technodrome and Krang's plans stored in his memory. Will Fugitoid manage that on time? Does he have an ulterior plan?

If you are looking for the turtles, you will see little of them here. This volume gives us a look at Krang and his world, plus the story of the Utrom Empire. If those details interest you, then this is a volume for you. It was a  light and easy read that fills gaps and details we may not usually get. In the end, I liked it as a nice addition to the TMNT universe.

For public libraries, if they already collect various other TMNT titles, then this is one to add as well. For academic libraries with graphic novel collections, I would consider this optional. 

3 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note: Here is where I tell you I read this as an e-galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thus, we keep The Man happy.

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