Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #25: City Fall Part 4
“CITY FALL” part 4: City Fall continues as Shredder reveals his new second-in-command: Leonardo! While the underworld readies their armies, the Turtles must come together if they have any hope of saving their brother. Don’t miss this landmark 25th issue that sees the launch of a full-scale war on New York City! The Savate, Foot Clan, and Slash are all back — along with a couple of shocking special guests!
City Fall continues this month in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5. The fourth part of the ambitious new story features a story from Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz with Waltz providing the script. Kevin Eastman provides layouts with Mateus Santolouco handling art. Ronda Pattison handles colors with both Shawn Lee and Tom Long tackling lettering. City Fall has been nothing short of stellar so far. Does it keep that streak going now that the intro is out of the way?
The story opens with Karai overseeing a shipment of some Foot Clan merchandise. They are interrupted by the Savate lead by Victor. All seems lost for Karai and her band of the Foot when none other than Shredder’s new chunin swoops in and saves the day. Shredder’s second in command is the mind controlled Leonardo who is proving himself a valuable tool in Shredder’s plan. The Foot and the Savate are gearing up for all-out war. Shredder has a plan, but Victor’s aggressive tactics with the Savate throw things a little out of whack. While all of this is going on, Ralph and Splinter are on missions of their own. Both are using different means to figure out Leo’s location. You can guess who goes about it a little more aggressively. Donatello and Michelangelo are left to pick up the pieces and try to pull the shattered team back together. Things start to look a lot worse when two special guests make their appearance during the issue’s finale.
City Fall proves yet again it is the most ambitious and impressive Turtles story in recent memory. The final page alone will send fans into a frenzy. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. This issue serves as a turning point for the story as a whole. There is a massive amount of plot development which is balanced by even more action. Santolouco’s art is great as always. Things are very crisp and grounded while still having a great cartoon edge for the Turtles themselves. The background and character work, as well as the way Santolouco makes the characters emote, really stand out. Pattison’s colors are bright, vibrant, and accentuate Santolouco’s strong points.
Bottom Line: City Fall is proving month after month that it is the Turtles story we’ve all been waiting for. Things are getting serious and it looks like our heroes may not win in the end. When you can make a story feel like no one is safe, not even your main characters, you’ve done something special. 4.5/5