Bishop’s government-funded Earth Protection Force begins its hunt for mutants in earnest. Naturally, they begin with one of the biggest targets available.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67 (IDW Publishing)
- Love that Slash is reading Steinbeck, but I’d pick Of Mice and Men over The Grapes of Wrath any day.
- There’s something about an intellectually curious pigeon being put in danger—and Slash doing all he can to save him—that makes the EPF look even more evil than they already did.
- Sleepy Pepperoni looks like how I feel reading yet another scene of the Turtles arguing with each other.
- Not a fan of mercenaries, but at least the Blackwater guy sounds apprehensive about all this.
- At some point, you have to expect Leo to build up a resistance to having crises of confidence.
- Hey look, it’s the Mutanimals. This should be some good and lighthearted fu—HOLY CRAP!
First of all, hats off to Tom Waltz (writer) and Mateus Santolouco (art) for the issue’s final battle sequence. It’s not very often that you see such a colorful/fun cast of characters get beaten and mortally wounded like that. Santolouco’s reliably fantastic action panels are buffeted by some of the most violent imagery we’ve seen from the title to date. If you think a character is going to be spared from getting maimed because of how lovable/sympathetic they are, then you’re in for a very rude (and awesome) surprise.
Also, the issue’s opening is superb. It immediately establishes Slash as much more than a mindless brute before putting him up against an enemy that views him as nothing more a potential weapon.
If you take the issue’s opening and closing sections, it’s damn near perfect. Unfortunately, the middle is filled by two scenes—the Turtles arguing with each other about their role in the world and Leo complaining to Master Splinter about how leadership struggles—that have already played out too many times before. In addition to how redundant these moments feel, they also slam the issue’s momentum to a grinding halt. I found myself desperately wishing for them to be over so we could finally get back to the main story.
All that being said, however, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67 looks like the start of a very promising story arc. It’s worth picking up just for the final fight scene alone—just like the next one will be worth picking up to see who survived it.