Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #86 Review - War Declared on Burnow Island
Updated: Sep 4, 2020
TMNT #86 is a prelude to a much larger battle to come. The Extraterrestrial Triceratons have taken refuge on Burnow Island with their former enemies the Ultrom's (Krang).
Unfortunately for them, they have been discovered by the Earth Protection Force (EPF). The military group arrives on the island lead by Agent Bishop, who is telepathically controlling the giant Mutant turtle, Slash.
As both sides of the conflict engage, April secretly monitors the rapidly escalating situation using one of Baxter Stockman's drones. She manages to get word to the Turtles that their friends are in imminent danger. The heroes debate getting involved but ultimately decide to move in enlisting the aid of Old Hob and the Mighty Mutanimals.
There isn't much more to the issue than that. We get solid character development for most of the principal players. Surprisingly, the Ninja Turtles are split on getting involved with Raph and Mikey dissenting.
Agent Bishop continues to be one of the scariest of the TMNT villains. If he and the EPF decide to go after the Turtles they wouldn't have much of a chance based on sheer numbers and firepower.
I loved the art direction of this issue, especially the scenes portraying the war. The action is frenetically brutal and the sense of dread is palpable as the art blends with the script. I continue to be in awe of IDW's editorial direction of the TMNT line of comics. They consistently match Tom with the right artists for whatever story is being told and the consistency in storytelling and continuity is something that the big 2 can definitely learn from.
Ultimately this is a filler issue. It's entertaining but is more of a cog in the wheel of a larger story. If you're new to the series you may have a harder time jumping in with this arc but if you're a long term fan you're more than likely heavily invested in how this story turns out.