REVIEW: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #94 – Hobnobbing with Raph (Waltz, Eastman, Wachter) IDW Publishing

Review by Darren Shulman

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Tom Waltz (Author) Kevin Eastman (Author) Dave Wachter (Artist, Cover Artist) Bobby Curnow (Author) Ronda Pattison (Colorist) Shawn Lee (Letterer)

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

Issue 94 is part two of the ‘City at War’ arc.  Part one established Karai’s Oroku Clan and Splinter’s Foot Clan as opposing forces, but this issue opens with Bishop and Metalhead (best described as a robot turtle) working to capture the Turtles.  Things return to the events of the last issue, with the Turtles and Casey Jones trying to save Jennika after she was stabbed by Karai.

This issue provided a good opportunity to delve into the anger of Casey and Raphael, which is a hallmark trait in pretty much every incarnation of these characters. It explains their behavior in the rest of the issue.

The third storyline focuses on Old Hob and his mutant crew, who are looking to get some payback against Null.  I was unfamiliar with Null having started the series with this arc, but we are given information about why the mutants don’t like her.  This surprisingly became my favorite part of the issue, as I got to see a new group of mutants in action, from a skateboarding gecko named Mondo to a hermit crab with a garbage dumpster as a shell.  Most of the action in this issue is courtesy of these guys, depicted with creative angles and vivid motion.  

This incarnation of the Ninja Turtles skews more towards an adult audience.  The art is dark and gritty and people do die. This is how I’ve always preferred the Ninja Turtles.  After all, what’s the point of having cool ninja weapons if you can’t use them?

I am excited to see what is in store in the next issue.  If you can get past not knowing some of the characters, this issue makes a fine jumping on point for the arc.  There’s action and enough explanation through dialogue and the ‘story so far’ page to catch you up.  However, as with issue 93, there is a helpful oral history of the IDW Turtles run at the end of the issue, this time focusing on the second year of publishing at IDW  New readers can glean a lot of useful information by reading that first.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #94 is now available.

Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #95


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