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The Earth Protection Force wants a war with mutants. They’re about to get exactly what they asked for.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69
Writer: Tom Waltz
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Publisher: IDW Publishing


Observations

  • Yeah, I’d be pretty scared too if a naked humanoid gecko jumped me in the bathroom.
  • Even when Bishop shows some genuine humanity, he still manages to come off like a complete dick.
  • Nice to see Leo leading instead of whining for a change.
  • GET SOME, HOB!
  • Mind controlled Slash is one VR game you DO NOT want to be on the wrong side of.
  • Sally = Newest under-appreciated Mutanimal who just became one of my favorite characters.
  • I’m not sure whether to feel sick/terrified or give Hob a standing ovation. Maybe I’ll just do both.

The Verdict

Wow.

Between the crazy good art by Mateus Santolouco and the incredible script by Tom Waltz, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69 is easily the best issue of the series so far this year.

Santolouco really does go nuts in this one, especially when Hob unleashes some new weapon tech during one of most incredible action sequences you could ask for. He also does a fantastic job with the issue’s more quiet/intimate moments, particularly when we see Bishop speaking with his father.

And as good as all that aforementioned action is, those quiet moments are where Waltz’s script truly shines. He’s somehow able to make Bishop slightly more human/relatable without every losing the character’s edge and ruthlessness. He also uses that moment to set up a home run of a cliffhanger that will have you wishing the next issue was coming out Thursday.

He also managed to make another underutilized Mutanimal seem cool and somehow able made Mondo Gecko intimidating. Combine that with some of the best character work we’ve seen for the Turtles in a long time (particularly for Leo), and you can’t really ask for a better issue.

I was hard on this book last year, but 2017 has turned out to be a very good year so far for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If the rest of the issues are anywhere near this good, then it could end up making an indie comic snob like me consider naming a big franchise book as the best series of the year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69
Is it good?
Between the crazy good art by Mateus Santolouco and the incredible script by Tom Waltz, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69 is easily the best issue of the series so far this year.
Santolouco really does go nuts in this one, especially when Hob unleashes some new weapon tech during one of most incredible action sequences you could ask for.
Waltz is somehow able to make Bishop slightly more human/relatable without every losing the character’s edge and ruthlessness.
Great action, incredible character work, mind-blowing art, and one hell of a great cliffhanger...
...that we have to wait until next month to resolve.
10
Fantastic

  • Chris Velazquez

    Agreed on pretty much everything, spot-on review. With the writers and Santolouco on art, it’s quite a combination, and this is the best storyline this comic’s had in a while, plus it’s great to see more attention given to Mondo and especially to Sally. It’s also peculiar to me how Hob and the Mutanimals basically steal the show from the turtles every time they pop up, they’re just a really engaging and interesting group and I definitely wouldn’t mind if they had their own comic.

    • RamblingBeachCat

      Agreed on the Mutanimals. Sometimes I think Waltz goes a little to “safe” with the turtles, which is understandable since they are big franchise characters. On the Mutanimals, however, he really seems to cut lose.

      • Chris Velazquez

        I agree with you. And it’s not to take away from the turtles, as these are the best written, most in-depth and most likable turtles in who knows how long (I personally dislike the Nickelodeon cartoon), they are great characters, but the Mutanimals have such a different dynamic, that mix of old and new characters with a bit of re-imagining, the varied personalities and the progression from a group of misfits to a genuine family (here’s hoping that Dreadmon joins after his upcoming debut), it all boils down to great characters who, at least to me, feel like the real stars of the comic.