Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #7 - Never Forget, These Turtles Are Killers...
Updated: Sep 11, 2020
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It's been months since I reviewed TMNT: Urban Legends. I don't remember most of the issue #6 off of the top of my head but I do remember the cliffhanger of Shadow, Casey Jones's daughter being kidnapped.
This issue picks up that thread and puts the focus on Raphael as he takes the lead in investigating the disappearance. The comic is a lot of fun and we get some great development for Raphael.
The evidence points to the Foot Clan being behind the disappearance. We discover that Raph has been running with the Foot Clan for a while and has a friendly relationship with them. He makes the point to his brothers that he's the only one of them without a life outside being a ninja so it only made sense that he would take up being a Ninja full time.
When Donatello makes the argument that the Foot Clan is a group of killers. Raph counters that all of the turtles have killed in the past which is a nice nod to the original Mirage Comics.
Raph ends up getting involved in an assassination mission with the Foot Clan that goes bad and we get another solid cliffhanger as the situation goes from bad to worse.
The often-maligned TMNT Vol: 3 got a lot of flack for some of the choices made during the run but one thing that is undeniable was that it did a great job of moving the turtles forward. They feel more mature and it makes sense that they would be at the beginning stages of finding their own direction in life.
The colors also really enhance the pencils. The original series was really hard to read in places. The colors don't fix the issues I have with Frank Fosco's linework completely, but it does help distinguish what's going on in any particular scene.
Loved the issue, I'll try to get the reviews for the series completed sooner.