Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27
“City Fall: Part Six” In this breathtaking penultimate issue to City Fall, Shredder asserts his dominance over the criminal underworld of NYC through a show of force. But what happens when the Turtles crash the party? With allegiances shifting no one is safe from all-out war!
The penultimate installment of City Fall hits this week in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27. Leonardo has been brainwashed into working for Shredder and Splinter and his other sons are mounting their final attack to reclaim their family member. The story is by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz. Waltz provides the script for the issue with Mateus Santolouco handling art. Ronda Pattison provides colors and Shawn Lee rounds out the cast with lettering.
The Turtles and Splinter have rounded up the info they need and they’ve picked up a few toys that will help them in their mission. When Shredder calls on all the criminal elements in New York City to come to a meeting, more a show of force, the Turtles know they have to strike tonight. They call on allies, even some unlikely allies, to help them accomplish their mission. When Shredder is trying to make the other gangs fall in line, the Turtles seize the opportunity to cause a little chaos. When the first shots of the final battle are fired, can the Turtles handle Shredder and the assembled hordes of New York’s criminal element? Will they be able to get Leo back? Does he even want to go back?
Waltz scripts a fantastic issue. Everything has been building toward this moment. The first half of the issue is getting into place and the second half is when things start getting more action-y. Things start paying off this month and a few things that were set up in the villain micro-series issues come into play as well. Santolouco’s art is great as always. He gets a wide range of action scenes, emotional scenes, and some standing around and talking scenes that he handles with equal care and detail. Santolouco has a good eye for action, and when the final battle begins it’s thrilling. Keep your eyes peeled for a few surprise cameos during the meeting. I spotted a familiar face or two. Pattison colors really get a chance to shine in the last half of the issue.
Bottom Line: City Fall has been consistently great, but this may be the best issue yet. This is really a two-part finale, but it starts the ending off in style. There’s a lot of “What?!” moments in this book, so it’s going to be hard to wait until next month. 5/5