‘TMNT’ Kicks off a “City at War” with Issue 93

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Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz Script: Tom Waltz Art: Dave Wachter Colors: Ronda Pattison Letters: Shawn Lee Editor: Bobby Curnow Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 35 pages

IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been hitting all those sweet nostalgia points for me, which is frankly not an easy thing to do. You can’t just revisit the same old story and character beats to make something like a TMNT series work- it has to walk that line between the established thing that worked and something fresh and original.

'TMNT' Kicks off a "City at War" with Issue 93
//Credit: IDW Publishing

Luckily, this series manages to pull it off.

The story by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow,and Tom Waltz has taken a stark turn, as Master Splinter’s negotiations with Karai imploded, leaving a very dangerous ninja seeking war with the old master and his allies.

The Turtles are doing their best to prepare for the looming conflict, but there’s trouble at home, too. Raph is bristling under Leo’s command, and is getting sick of being told what to do. Donatello has installed new gadgets in the Turtle Van, but they remain largely un-tested.

'TMNT' Kicks off a "City at War" with Issue 93
//Credit: IDW Publishing

Mikey’s fine, though. That’s a turtle with very few concerns in the world.

I love that the writing crew have stayed true to the writing style of the old series- these newer stories are just as much of a read as the old series was, with a whole lot of text breaking up the action to tell a pretty engaging story.

The at from Dave Wachter also scratches that perfect sweet spot, and is really evocative of the old Eastman and Laird stories while still being its own thing entirely.

'TMNT' Kicks off a "City at War" with Issue 93
//Credit: IDW Publishing

Long-time turtles fans will find plenty to love, and issue 93 is also a perfect jumping on point, too. The series is kicking off the “City at War” storyline, which finds Karai escalating her hostilities towards Splinter and his coterie.

The climax of the book was pretty startling, too- and should have some pretty far reaching ramifications for Casey Jones and the turtles.

SUMMARY: Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz; Script: Tom Waltz; Art: Dave Wachter; Colors: Ronda Pattison; Letters: Shawn Lee; Editor: Bobby Curnow; Publisher: IDW Publishing; Release Date: April 24, 2019; Cover Price: $3.99; 35 pages

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About Leigh Kade

Leigh George Kade is a writer, illustrator, and sculptor who lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two small Skrulls. Leigh has also been a panelist on the wildly popular Geek Show Podcast since 2008. He has been an Entertainment Writer for Bleeding Cool since 2018.

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