Published: November 20th, 2013
Written by: Kevin B. Eastman, Tom Waltz
Art by: Kevin B. Eastman, Mateus Santolouco
Based on: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
IDW Publishing, 208 Pages
Man, this was fucking good!
In fact, I’d say that this was the best story arc I’ve read out of all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics I’ve picked up over the years. I even like it better than all the stories in all the other forms of media where the Turtles appear. This beats out all the films, as well as the cartoon episodes I’ve seen from various different series.
This is the culmination of all the build up from the five previous volumes in the IDW comics run. It’s a story where the stakes are extremely high and it does a lot to change the lives of most of the core characters.
The most interesting thing, here, is the Foot Clan’s abduction of Leonardo, which leads to him being brainwashed and turned into an evil pawn of Shredder. We end up with the three remaining good turtles having to push forward without their leader in an effort to bring him back to the light without hurting or maiming him.
There is a lot of emotional stuff in this story arc, which takes up two volumes. But it’s not just emotions with the Turtles, we also get a lot of stuff with Casey Jones and his shitty father, as well as his childhood friend trying to find her place in the world. Additionally, April O’Neil starts to realize things about herself and her feelings for Casey. Beyond that, there’s a lot of character development with Shredder’s granddaughter, as she doesn’t trust Leonardo and also wants to prove herself to her evil grandfather.
Some other characters from earlier volumes also make their return and some allegiances are formed with certain enemies. Plus, we also get the debut of Bebop & Rocksteady.
This was fantastic from top to bottom. It was a perfect balance between character development and action packed storytelling. It was also a stupendous payoff for those who have made it thus far into the series. I’m assuming that what lies ahead will also be pretty great.
Pairs well with: the rest of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run.