Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36
IDW (July, 2014)STORY: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz WRITER: Tom Waltz ARTISTS: Mateus Santolouco, Mark Torres & Cory Smith SELECTED COVER ARTIST: Kevin Eastman COLORIST: Ronda Pattison LETTERER: Shawn Lee EDITOR: Bobby Curnow
As Leonardo and Splinter continue discussing if they should go after Shredder and Krang, the difference becomes moot. However, the debate is interrupted by the Rat King, brother to Kitsune, and hoping to use the mutants to his own advantage. Meanwhile, Casey runs into April’s parents.
I’m not doing this in my usual style. I don’t have any actual complaints about this issue. The art is good, using different artists in the Rat King’s attempts to control Splinter and Leonardo works…for the creepy vibe going through this issue. I never saw what Rat King was like in the original comics, so I only know him from the TV shows, and he’s reaaaaaaally different here. For example, swallowing a live rat whole like that scene from the original “V” miniseries. It’s intentionally disturbing, maybe a bit macabre, and succeeding in a goal I usually don’t favor in my comic choices. Apparently the Rat King also used to be the Pied Piper of Hamlin and he quotes Robert Browning’s poem like it’s a magic spell. I wonder how that will work out.
I would say leaf through this issue if you haven’t already picked it up and see if you can handle this new Rat King. I don’t think I’d read this issue while eating or before bed but for what they want to do it’s a pretty good story.