Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #90 Review - "The Death of Slash, The Aftermath..."
Updated: Feb 13, 2020
• Ronda Pattison (Colorist) • Michael Dialynas (Cover Artists)
It seems like forever ago that Slash was tragically killed in TMNT #88. In between that issue and this one we've had the entirety of the TMNT Macro-Series, The TMNT 20/20 One - Shot and the prior issue which was essentially a Christmas Special.
This issue serves as an interlude and bridge into the upcoming storyline. The comic opens with Michelangelo giving a eulogy for the fallen mutant. Mikey has a light-hearted take on the situation.
This is broken up by Old Hob, who has a more dire assessment of the preceding events and is ready to launch a full scale assault on Agent Bishop and the Earth Protection Force.
I'm two minds about the issue. On its own, the book doesn't really have any standout moments and is ultimately skippable if you haven't been plugged into the events surrounding this issue.
What I really liked about this comic is that the entirety of the Macro-Series is referenced in this book without overpowering the issue. Mikey references the orphan's that he attempted to rescue in his series. Donatello's machinations come into play as Metalhead teams up with Agent Bishop.
Raphael's capture and subsequent escape from the EPF fuels his motivations. The comic also makes subtle references to the deal that was struck between Leonardo and Karai for a truce between clan Hamato & The Foot. It's a very layered comic.
The art for the issue doesn't really jump at me. Because there isn't much action in this issue, Michael doesn't get much to do other than set the table for the next arc. Nothing in the issue looks bad but its not the most exciting stuff without context.