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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #88 Review


Tom Waltz (Author) • Dave Wachter (Pencils - Cover )

Ronda Pattison (Colorist) • IDW (Publisher)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #88 concludes The Assault on Burnow Island storyline. We get huge reveals but the victory comes at a heavy cost.

***Spoilers ahead***

It's really hard to discuss this comic without mentioning spoilers. The biggest reveal is that Agent Bishop is actually a massively deformed human that never grew over a foot tall.

To hide the deformity, Bishop's father placed him in a suit not too dissimilar to the Ultroms. The implication is that Bishop is using reverse-engineered Ultrom technology and for the lack of a better word he's as close to being a mutant as he can be without actually being one.

The other huge spoiler in the issue is that Slash dies. While under Bishops control he is implanted with a nuclear device that was meant to be a final contingency if all else failed on Burnow Island.

The issue has a number of huge "Oh Crap" moments in it. It really sucks that these stories aren't being translated into a live-action series or animated show aimed at older teens and adults. These stories would be perfect for translation and reflect the only canon that matters in my opinion.

This story has had great art direction, editing, and writing. TMNT is the model of consistency as it chugs along. This story arc has been amazing with great character development, huge reveals, and a bittersweet conclusion.

Kudos, to all involved. I can't wait to see what the team comes up with next.

Rating A

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