Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 Review - It's All Bad
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
• IDW (Publisher) • Recommend (Yes)
When I finished reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #96 I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Splinter was gonna be killed off in this issue. Then I saw the solicits and I knew he'd survive. Thanks for Spoiling the Issue IDW.
TMNT: City At War Pt 5 covers a lot of ground and gives adequate attention to pretty much all of the principal characters in play right now. I think the only major characters not involved in the issue are Old Hob and the Mutanimals.
Jennika gets a cool moment with Casey and she dawns her mask for the first time. I get the feeling that she may also be the x-factor when it comes down to dealing with Metalhead down the line.
The main piece of the conflict centers around Splinter and his fight with Karai and her mutants. Splinter holds his own but the outcome is a foregone conclusion as he's simply overwhelmed and defeated.
I found myself somewhat taken aback by the brutality within this arc but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. We've seen beheadings, characters beaten to death, eaten, etc.
The standout character for me this issue is Leonardo who manages to keep his cool even though the looming situation is about as bad it can get for our heroes.
I rarely mention covers but I thought it was worth mentioning that this issue has 15 variant covers. Most of them feature Jennika. This is cool but I think it's overkill since the character hasn't really done anything in the actual comic. I understand the excitement surrounding a new ninja turtle, but there's potential that the push may turn off long term fans. I love the design of the character and look forward to her being naturally integrated into the team.
City At War may turn out to be my favorite IDW TMNT arc. The pacing is great and even the slower moments have been meaningful. The character dynamics are solid and I have no idea how the story will play out. I'm sure the heroes will overcome Karai but at what cost?