TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 REVIEW – The wait is over! (Waltz, Eastman, Wachter, Santolouco, Curnow, Dialynas, Gorham, Duncan, Smith, Pattison, Crabtree, Lee, IDW Publishing)

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Tom Waltz (Author) Kevin Eastman (Author) Dave Wachter (Artist, Cover Artist) Mateus Santolouco (Artist) Bobby Curnow (Story) Michael Dialynas (Artist) Adam Gorham (Artist) Dan Duncan (Artist) Cory Smith (Artist) Ronda Pattison (Colorist) Bill Crabtree (Colorist) Shawn Lee (Letterer)

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

Issue 100 picks up where issue 99 ended – with all of the primary characters embroiled in an epic battle. While the motivations thus far have been fairly clear (Karai and Splinter were wrestling for control over the Foot Clan, Bishop and Hun hate mutants and want to capture the Turtles), the end of Issue 99 took a swerve and threw in Kitsune trying to resurrect her father, the Dragon. Having begun with the City at War arc, I was unfamiliar with these characters (apparently Kitsune is Karai’s grandmother), so it took me some time in issue #100 to adjust to the plot twist. Rest assured new readers, if you are a Turtles fan, it all ends up making sense a few pages in.

Like Marvel’s Avengers Endgame, this issue has fun taking all of its characters and throwing them in a sandbox to fight it out. As one of the characters says while fighting “It’s like the ultimate nerd dream.” While this issue has plenty of battles, it also features some genuine heartfelt moments. These moments feel earned because the writers have carefully laid the groundwork for them over the course of the arc. All of the conflicts between characters over the course of the run come to a satisfying conclusion and everyone has their moment to shine. I give the writers credit for making the ‘hero moves’ seem organic and unforced.

The artists include many neat details, from shimmering light effects to billowing smoke. This series in general has avoided splash pages, but there it makes use of large panels which provide a sense of scope and allow more characters to share a page during a fight.

I hesitate to say much more because I want to avoid spoilers. Issue 100 is a satisfying conclusion to the City at War arc and a fitting milestone for a long running series featuring iconic characters. If you haven’t read any of the IDW series, you will miss out on some of the emotional payoffs (and I think the Bishop flashback in the prior issue may be key to understanding one scene), but a basic knowledge of the Turtles universe and the story so far page will get you through the issue.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 is now available.

Check back soon for my thoughts on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #101

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