Advance Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23: City Fall Part 2
“CITY FALL” part 2: Desperate times call for desperate measures as unexpected alliances take shape. Will the Turtles be able to find the Foot Clan’s HQ in time to stop the next phase of Shredder’s heinous plan? Plus, the return of the witch Kitsune! What ancient evil will she unleash? One Turtle is about to find out!
City Fall continues this month in the pages of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23. The story is written by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz with Waltz writing the script. Mateus Santolouco handles art along with Dan Duncan, Ross Campbell, Andy Kuh, Ben Bats, and Kevin Eastman. Ronda Pattison tackles colors with Shawn Lee and Tom B. Long providing lettering. The first chapter started off strong. Does the second part of City Fall keep up the momentum? [Next paragraph is a short story summary, so there are a few spoilers. Skip over the next paragraph if you're worried about spoilers]
When last we checked in with the TMNT, Casey Jones was being rushed to the hospital after being stabbed by Shredder. Splinter, April, Angel, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey had to take care of Casey even though Leonardo was lost in the massive battle near the docks. Little do they know, Shredder and his minions have taken Leonardo as they planned. Leo is taken to Shredder’s hideout so Kitsune can perform a ritual so they can try to gain control of Leo by corrupting his mind. Parallel to Leo undergoing his ordeal, we see Casey being taken care of at the hospital. It’s rough going and he may not make it. Even if he makes it, he probably won’t be the same. Shredder has hit the Turtle Family hard and things seem hopeless. Old Hob leaves a message for the Turtles offering help and information on where they can find their lost brother. When things are darkest, will Splinter turn to Old Hob for help? Is Leo strong enough to resist Kitsune’s ritual?
Usually when you see so many names attached to a story, it’s a bad sign. That’s definitely not the case with City Fall. It started off with a bang and the tension and drama is kicked up another notch this week. We’ve never seen the Turtles so shattered and we haven’t seen a main character like Casey so close to the edge. The stakes are high and anything can happen. It does look like Leo is going the old ‘mind control’ route, so hopefully there’s another surprise or two in store with that part of the story. The art is fantastic. You see the styles completely change up as Leo is tested and his mind is probed deeper and deeper. It’s really a visually stunning issue.
Bottom Line: City Fall is the most dramatic and tense Turtles story I’ve read in quite some time. The stakes are high and nobody feels safe. The story is a rollercoaster ride and there is no telling where it’s going next. 4.5/5