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The EPF has Slash along with a bunch of the Mutanimals. Old Hob took family members of the Bishop and Dark Water hostage.

You wanted a showdown? You got a showdown.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70
Writer: Tom Waltz
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Publisher: IDW Publishing


First Read Reactions

  • Nothing takes the whimsy out of a franchise beloved by young children like a full-blown hostage situation—completely with a gun to the head of a man in a wheel chair and a woman with her mouth taped shut.
  • No matter what you think of Old Hob, you gotta love his cajones in a situation like this.
  • Donnie with the clutch plot device tech!
  • Bishop + Slash = Most unsettling VR experience ever.
  • Good to see mercenaries putting family over murder and kidnapping.
  • Dang. Bishop really is a monster (literally and figuratively).
  • Well played, Leo. Well played.

The Verdict

Yes, the resolution was too easy. And yes, the ending was too cheesy. But all in all, this was still a highly enjoyable conclusion (?) to what’s been a fantastic story arc.

For starters, artist Mateus Santolouco does his usually extraordinary work. In addition to a plethora of action sequences, he also gets the opportunity to present a new and truly gruesome side to Bishop.

And speaking of Bishop, there’s no doubt by the end of this that he’s a grade A douchenozzle. Even the other bad guys (who don’t end up being all that bad) seem to realize it. Watching his character arc in conjunction with Leo, who has finally begun to prove himself as a leader separate from Splinter, has been a lot of fun to watch unfold.

I do wish we got some more resolution on Slash’s fate, especially considering how good of character Tom Waltz has molded him into. But this story does deserve a lot of credit for making many of the other underutilized Mutanimals into characters the reader can really latch onto. Let’s hope we get to see much more of them—and high quality stories like this—in the series’ future.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70
Is it good?
Despite an ending that's a little too easy (and cheesy), TMNT #70 is still a fun ending to what's been on of the series' best story arcs.
Artist Mateus Santolouco does his usually extraordinary work, particularly with how he shows us a new side of Bishop.
Watching Bishop's character arc in conjunction with Leo, who has finally begun to prove himself as a leader separate from Splinter, is a lot of fun to watch unfold.
If you didn't like the Mutanimals before, you will now.
The ending is too easy (especially the chortle-filled cartoon ending).
It's a shame we're leaving Slash's story here for now.
7.5
Good