Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95 Review - Introducing The Fifth Turtle
• IDW Publishing (Publisher) • Recommend (Hell Yes)
TMNT #95 is arguably the most talked about issue of this series since Donatello was practically murdered in issue #44. That was when I jumped onto the series and I'm pretty sure we'll see a lot of new fans after this one.
Getting the big reveal and spoiler out of the way up front, we have a fifth turtle, and it's a girl. In a last-ditch effort to save Jannika from death, Leonardo and Donatello save her by facilitating a blood transfusion using Leo's blood. I don't feel bad spoiling the issue because Tom Waltz spoiled it the day the issue dropped, ha.
The beauty of all of this is that
A. Jannika is not a new character.
B. Tom Waltz didn't just pull this one out of his ass.
The actual logistics of how we arrived at a fifth Ninja Turtle is sound.
With the spoilers out of the way let's talk about the rest of the comic. The book initially subverted my expectations because the first few pages started with everyone standing around talking. This is usually the sign of a filler or bottleneck comic.
A few pages later and Boom! Metal Head crashes the scene with Agent Bishop and the Earth Protection Force backing him up.
The book isn't quite as intense as the prior issue but the pace still brisk and there aren't any real lulls in the issue. Issue #96 will probably be a breather issue as Jannika's transformation is further explored.
If the creative team decides to slow down a bit I don't blame them. City at war has so many moving parts that it's hard to keep track of everything. Ironically the series that TMNT most feels like lately is the recently ended Walking Dead.
There's a reason these are some of the longest-running series out there with the exception of DC's legacy titles, they are just that damn good and you definitely should be reading.