Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #89 Review
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TMNT #89 is inspired. It's a Christmas themed story that touches on the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol". The story works beautifully as a single issue but also gives a subtle recap of the story to this point. If you are new to the IDW Line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stories this is actually a great jumping on point as the series gears up toward its 100 issue milestone.
It's been awhile since Master Splinter has been in the spotlight of this series. Since Hamato Yoshi has taken charge of the Foot Clan his portrayal has taken more of an antagonistic bent than that of a hero. In this issue, the comic recenter's Splinter. It focus's on the compassion he feels for his clan and the love he has for his children.
After dosing off Splinter is visited by the spirit of the deceased Shredder. Shredder warns Splinter that he will be visited by the Parthenon Siblings. The siblings stand in for the Ghosts of Past, Present and Possible future.
The comic is heartfelt and ends in much the same manner that you expect if you've seen any incarnation of the classic. I finished the comic and had a huge smile on my face. The emotional beats of the story resonated with me as a father and how I would probably would feel if estranged from my family around the holidays.
There aren't any action sequences in this issue but the scenes are just as poignant. I love Michael Dialyna's rendition of Splinter. He actually looks like a mouse in a robe which on the surface is ridiculous but works because the book is played completely straight outside of a few moments here and there.
The ending is sort of goofy but it works. I appreciate the change of pace from the war that just ended on Burnow Island. Kudos's to all involved this is a amazing Christmas issue.