This time we’re so close to when the comic came out that I’m not really going to spoil much of anything, or try not to. I know did with the MASK and Robotech comics, but if I was going to explain my problem with them as nostalgic properties(or rather not-stalgic in MASK‘s case, at least Robotech got that part right…more or less, the less being why I lost interest) I kind of had to. This comic has continued for 83 plus + issues (including crossovers and spin-off mini and ongoing series) so at this point it’s solidifies its own continuity. Plus it’s the same writing team as it had when I stopped being able to get these on my own, so I already know the work is good.
When we last left our shell-backed shadow warriors they had traveled to another dimension hoping to figure out what the Rat King was planning, while we readers knew just what he was doing…preparing to drown the orphaned children of New York, some of whom lost their parents after anthropomorphic alien triceratops (I’m not sure what the plural of that is) invaded the planet. It’s nice to see comics that are still weird but fun are hitting store shelves considering the current state of things.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #83
IDW Publishing (June, 2018)
STORY: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz
WRITER: Tom Waltz
ARTIST: Dave Wachter
COLORIST: Ronda Pattison
SELECTED COVER ART: Dave Wachter
LETTERER: Shawn Lee
EDITOR: Bobby Curnow
If you recall from last time, the Turtles went to meet with Manmoth. He’s one of those guys who have to defeat in battle to get him to even talk to you. While he won’t betray his family, even if he doesn’t like Rat King or the others, he does lead the Turtles right where they want to go. Now can they stop Rat King? Meanwhile, April breaks out the Mousers to help the city with the rat problem and Baxter remain in the spotlight so she can keep watching him. And the Purple Dragons and Foot have another team-up.
What they got right: Between the time I was able to collect the series and these past three issues I’ve only seen four of these siblings and Manmoth is easily my favorite. He’s more interesting and probably the only one who hasn’t caused trouble. Outside of trying to kill the Turtles but I think that was a test more than anything else. Used sparingly I wouldn’t mind seeing him again. They seem to be setting up a romance between Casey and Jennika, and while I’d rather see him with April it’s still interesting to watch it develop. And the former Hun reforms nicely. I hope Splinter was wrong and he stays that way. And Mikey gets to be the big hero in this one. It’s nice to see he isn’t just a goofball but does add something to the team.
What they got wrong: Like I said, I’d rather see Casey with April. It still feels weird (and a bit gross) seeing a Rat King that actually eats rats rather than befriending or controlling them. I’m not liking what Manmoth is hinting about Raphael.
Recommendation: I’m happy to see this series is just as good as it was when I stopped being able to collect it. You really should check this series out.