Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #59

TMNT59_cvrA“Players and Pawns”

So I must confess it’s sure been a long while since I picked up an IDW comic featuring our favorite half-shelled heroes. Last I left they were going to have a final showdown with their arch nemesis and world’s best improper can opener: The Shredder.

That was then and this is now. The Shredder apparently did not survive that final encounter. We open up this issue with Master Splinter (Now Master and ruler of the sacred Foot Clan )and one of his new pupils, conversing at the Shredder’s tomb. The new pupil Jennika is confused as to why they would honor such evil with a monument. He tells her calmly “You may not want to honor the one holding the title, but the title itself always demands honor.” (Interesting words to remember, however I don’t think this rule applies to politicians)

The talk is cut short as Splinter decides he has other rounds to make. He ends up going to see Kitsune. A character that I am not yet familiar but has obvious ties to the Shredder and not an apparent fan of Splinter aka Hamato Yoshi, who is her new Master as well.

They talk back and forth over a hot cup of tea (the only way true powers delegate) Kitsune eludes to the fact that Yoshi maybe a soft leader and not what the Foot Clan needs to proceed into the future. So at this point even Helen Keller could tell you a mutiny is a comin’. Splinter leaves her presence and that is where things start to heat up. A plan is formed and it appears Kitsune has designs on reincarnating her true master: The Shredder.

The rest of the issue consists of a conversation between April O’ Neill and her ally Angel about the whereabouts of their long time friends and April’s ex-boyfriend Casey Jones. We see the betrayal unfold and of course we are left with a “we all saw it coming” cliffhanger.

Overall: So a return to the world of the Turtles for me (Aside from actually going and paying to see the new movie Out of the Shadowsand though there wasn’t a whole lot of Turtle action here, there was more than enough intriguing plot changes to keep me interested. I am definitely a fan of Splinter running the Foot Clan, it’s a different twist for sure. There were a few new characters that threw me, but it does make me want to go back and read the rest of this IDW series run.  On a side note, the art was pretty rad for the battle scene between Splinter and the Clan. This installment was not quite enough to elicit a cowabunga from me but I definitely will be peeking down the manhole to see what’s brewing next time.

Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz Art: Dave Wachter
Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Score: 7 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review